Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Fight Sports

With Lesnar's UFC return unlikely, Dos Santos could be next for Overeem

See also

According to a Feb. 2 report from MMA Junkie, former UFC heavyweight champ Junior "Cigano" dos Santos (16-3) could be next up for Alistair Overeem, since UFC President Dana White made it quite clear that Brock Lesnar is not returning to the cage.

Overeem (37-13 MMA, 2-2 UFC) defeated Frank Mir on Feb. 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and immediately called out Lesnar following the fight.

Overeem's call out led some fight fans to believe that he had some inside information about Lesnar's return to the UFC.

“I heard word that Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC,” Overeem said after defeating Mir. “Well, I’ll be here waiting for him.”

Overeem said he only called out Lesnar because he heard the WWE star might be returning to the MMA realm.

UFC President Dana White made it quite clear that Lesnar is not returning to the UFC, and he said Overeem doesn't have any inside information on the situation.

“Brock Lesnar is not coming back,” White said following UFC 169. “Brock Lesnar is not fighting. I mean, does he want to come back? We’ve talked about him wanting to come back, and he feels like he wasn’t 100 percent while he was here. He feels like he sold himself a little short and all the stuff I’ve told you before.

“But no, he’s not. We have not deal with Brock Lesnar. He’s not coming back anytime soon.”

White also said that Dos Santos might be an interesting opponent for Overeem, since it's unlikely Lesnar will be returning to action any time in the near future.

Overeem says he'll sit down with his team to discuss his future, but he's going to enjoy a little down time with friends and family before taking on the next challenge.

“Every fight in the UFC is interesting to me,” Overeem said following his win over Mir at UFC 169. “On that note, for now, it’s holiday time. Then we’re going to sit together with the team, and then we’re going to figure out the next steps.”

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    Video
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Video
    Sports Buzz

Related Videos:

  • Liz Carmouche fought Miesha Tate at UFC on FOX 11
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517659651" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517659651&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Travis Browne fights Fabricio Werdum at UFC on FOX 11
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517167135" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517167135&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Liz Carmouche's coach sports zany backpack at UFC on FOX 11 weigh-in
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517659651" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517659651&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!