If there aren’t promos of Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem kicking, punching and kneeing mountains out of their blazing heavyweight paths as they finally meet face to face at the edge of a lava filled Grand Canyon then I don’t know why MMA exists. May 26th, 2012 will be a special day; the newly appointed Blackzilian Alistair Overeem Vs. The Ed Soares-less JDS with Black House behind him (I think?) for the UFC heavyweight title. I wish it was as simple as saying The Blackzilians Vs. The Black House, that’s much cleaner. These two gigantic men have been taught how to hurt another human better than almost anyone in the world and will be meeting in the middle of a cage for a championship for our enjoyment. I really can’t think of how this fight won’t deliver, unless leg kicks are involved…even then it should deliver. Junior Dos Santos supports my feelings on this subject.
Tatame’ talked to the UFC heavyweight champ and picked his Acai supplemented body and brain for his plan against Overeem this Memorial Day weekend. To JDS it’s pretty simple: he fully expects to knockout The Reem.
Your next “test” has a name: Overeem. What are your thoughts?
Overeem is really a tough, dangerous, heavy and really strong guy. I see him as a good challenge. Probably he’s accepting the stand-up fight. To me, it can go to the floor or on our feet. He’s very dangerous, but I gotta use my speed. I really believe in me, I’m always confident about my attitudes. I guess one of the secrets is: believing in yourself if half way. I really believe I can beat him. And as any fight, I’ll get there to knock him out. It won’t be different this time, I’m going there to knock him out.
Fans split opinions: some say you got the best stand-up and others say Overeem has it. Despite believing on your victory, do you believe you’re more technical then him on your feet?
I believe so. I really believe my stand-up. I believe i can knock anyone out doing the right work. He’s as dangerous as me on the stand-up, there’s a reason why he became the champion at K-1. It’ll be a hard fight, it’s gonna come down to who hits the other first. The impact of a heavyweight punch can knock one out in a second.
You’ve shown you got a hard chin when you fought Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, who are guys that hit hard. Are you ready to fight Overeem?
I’m a fighter, I’ve learned how to fight suffering in the gym. In the gym I live the reality or I push myself even further than the bout can offer. I’m prepared for the good and bad moments of the fight. The main thing is for the fighter to know how to get hit too. If you’re only a fighter in good times, you’re going down soon I believe I’m prepared for both situations
You can read the rest of the interview right here.