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Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem was the fight the MMA world had waited with bated breath for.
However, it never came to pass, as their original headline act at UFC 146 was thrown into utter disarray following reports that the Dutch denizen had failed a pre-drug test sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The former Strikeforce, K-I and Dream heavyweight champion won’t be in any sort of MMA mix until early-to-mid 2013.
Once the waters have passed under the bridge and the UFC hierarchy has forgiven him for his infraction (it’s more than likely that they will), a matchup against Santos would reverberate tenfold.
Here we have “The Demolition Man,” a kick-boxing phenom, and whose overall standup is superior to that of Santos. In addition, he’s undefeated in his last 12 outings.
Conversely, Cigano is MMA’s top boxer—incorporating speed and power with great efficacy.
This will be a stand-and-bang affair for as long as it lasts—one perfectly timed punch or kick and this barrage is in the books.
If this fight ever gets off the ground—and with three or more successful title defenses in the bag—an emphatic victory over “Reem” would definitely cement Cigano’s place in the annals of UFC as its greatest heavyweight champion.
UFC 146 is scheduled for May 26, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
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