Biggest Road Block: Finding A Relevant Opponent
Now that Alistair Overeem has pulled out of his long-awaited bout with Junior dos Santos, the Brazilian is in search of a relevant opponent to put him back into title contention.
Mark Hunt recently threw his name into the mix after knocking Stefan Struve's face off, but is he really the big draw that JDS needs to regain divisional dominance?
Whether he is or isn't, the UFC probably isn't going to book that fight. The winner of JDS vs. Overeem was supposed to fight the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, which is going down on the same night.
It's really hard to picture Dana White and Joe Silva giving Hunt that opportunity after a win over Struve. So what are the other possibilities?
Maybe Shane Carwin can come back in time. Maybe Daniel Cormier will be rested and giving an immediate chance to fight for a title shot.
Maybe dos Santos will get an automatic matchup against the winner of Velasquez vs. Silva. Maybe the UFC will pull Travis Browne out of his fight in April and give JDS a chance to fight another heavyweight striker.
At this point, who knows. It's all speculation. But until the former heavyweight champion gets the nod to train for an opponent, he won't get a chance to prove that his defeat at the hands of Velasquez is correctable.
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