Junior dos Santos is credited for possessing arguably the best boxing in mixed martial arts, but seldom do we see other aspects of his arsenal utilized during a fight.
That's not to say he isn't a premier fighter, as his list of victories over some of the sport's top contenders and respected veterans is quite an accomplishment.
But after battling through his fair share of competition thus far, the UFC heavyweight champion will look to meet another formidable opponent in Alistair Overeem at UFC 146.
The matchup is very appealing, and it has UFC president Dana White intrigued at the thought of seeing how the Brazilian fares against a fighter of Overeem's caliber.
It has led the UFC boss to draw comparisons to another knockout artist, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
"For me, the question is how is Dos Santos going to deal with the kicks and the knees and the elbows?," White told MMAWeekly.com.
“He’s fought a pretty one-dimensional fight, he’s fought very Chuck Liddell-like in that he’s great at defending the takedown, he drops bombs, he throws heavy punches, but he’s never dealt with anybody who’s going to throw kicks and knees and work in the clinch the way that Alistair Overeem does.”
The Dutchman is certainly a credible fighter, winning multiple championships and accolades prior to entering the UFC; and he is a strong, technical kickboxer, tipping the scales at 6'5" and weighing 255 pounds.
However, Dos Santos has seemingly made every one of his opponents wilt at the technique and power of his strikes, and has looked every bit as dominant as his counter-part. Whoever is to walk away from their main event will have reached the pinnacle of the sport and the right to be called UFC heavyweight champion.
UFC 146 is scheduled for May 26th, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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