December 19, 2012, 11:58 PM
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos took a few digs at former challenger Alistair Overeem Wednesday, saying himself and No. 1 contender Cain Velasquez were “made in the gym” while the Overeem was “made in a laboratory.”
The Brazilian dos Santos, who was set to face Overeem in May before the Dutch heavyweight was suspended after testing positive for elevated testosterone, has clearly not let bygones be bygones for the failed drug test. Dos Santos, who ended up knocking out replacement Frank Mir in his last fight, now faces Velasquez at the year-end UFC 155 show on Dec. 29.
The two fighters were on a conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss the rematch of their November 2011 bout on the inaugural FOX show. They displayed a mutual respect for each other; however, when the subject of Overeem came up, dos Santos did not mince his words.
“I prefer to fight against clean athletes and real professionals,” Dos Santos said. “Cain is one of those individuals. He’s a real professional fighter and that’s a good challenge for me. I know he’s very tough and I know how hard I have to train to face him.
“The other guys, they just say things but there’s nothing behind the words. Guys like me and Cain Velasquez, we are made at the gym. And guys like the other guy, they are made at the laboratory.”
Overeem could be next in line for a title shot should he win once he is eligible to return to fight next month.
His positive test prior to UFC 146 didn’t come as a surprise to many, since whispers of juicing followed the former Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight champion long before he joined the UFC late in 2011 and debuted by stopping Brock Lesnar at the last year-end event.
Overeem insisted the 14-to-1 testosterone, significantly over the 6-to-1 limit, was the result of doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled he could not apply for another fight licence for nine months from March 27, the date of the failed test.
The former K-1 kickboxer is set to fight Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva at UFC 156, provided he receives a new licence, which is expected.
Asked who he thinks will win the January meeting, dos Santos responded as expected.
JDS completes the dissing of the ‘Reem by picking Bigfoot to beat him. “Silva is more complete than Overeem”
— James Brydon (@James_Brydon) December 19, 2012