It seems former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is ready to put the past behind him when it comes to his back to back losses at the hands of reigning UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
But he is not in such a forgiving mood towards Alistair Overeem. Luiz Dorea, the coach of the Brazilian has stated that the former UFC Heavyweight champion is eyeing a return to the UFC Octagon by summer 2014 after he shores up his defense. And if the Dutchman is able to defeat another former UFC Heavyweight champion in the form of Frank Mir at UFC 169, then the much awaited match between the two could finally go ahead.
Dorea stated that Cigano took some time off the sport but he has now returned to training and is looking to get back in shape. He added that they are looking at a return for the fighter in May or June but nothing has been finalized as yet.
He went on to add that the UFC has a brilliant Heavyweight roster and any one can defeat anyone else but the one fight that still intrigues them is Alistair Overeem. He mentioned that this fight was expected to happen before but it didn’t.
But he reiterated the fight is ultimately in the hands of the UFC and Junior dos Santos will take on anyone the UFC feels he is up for. Dorea went on to add that their present plans include a trip to the United States of America where Cigano is expected to undergo some training to up his defensive skills before returning to Brazil and get back to his martial arts training as well.
But whether the long awaited match against Overeem will happen also depends a lot on Frank Mir.