CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
NEW FORUM

GOT THE MMATORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Kindle Fire
Windows Phone
MMATORCH IPHONE APP

MMATORCH

All the MMA News • Plus Intelligent, Brilliant, Addictive Points of View!
Independently Covering MMA Since 1993 • No Big Corporate Bosses

UFC
UFC Champ Junior dos Santos looking to knockout Alistair Overeem at UFC 146; jiu jitsu is "Plan B"
Mar 22, 2012 - 12:55:03 PM
UFC Champ Junior dos Santos looking to knockout Alistair Overeem at UFC 146; jiu jitsu is "Plan B"
DISCUSS ALL THIS IN OUR NEW MMATORCH FORUM
...OH, ONE MORE THING - PLEASE BOOKMARK US & VISIT DAILY!



By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

DosSantosJunior_180_12.jpg
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos has faced a number of different stylistic challenges in his UFC career thus far. From kickboxers like Mirko Cro Cop, ground fighters with striking skills like Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson, to wrestlers like Cain Velasquez, he's seen many types of fighter in his time.

Now, he'll face off against another challenge on May 26 when he faces Alistair Overeem. Though both fighters have a significant background with their ground games, both are very much known as strikers in 2012. For dos Santos, taking on the former K-1 World Grand Prix Champ represents perhaps his biggest test to date, and it's one he feels ready to pass.

"I think it’s the ultimate test for my striking,” dos Santos said in an interview with Sherdog.com. “It’s still the biggest challenge. He was a K-1 champion, which is the greatest striking event in the world. He’s a very strong guy, good, but I trust in myself a lot and I try for the knockout in all of my fights. Regardless of him being a striker or not, I’m going for the knockout.”

Still, dos Santos has his ground game to fall back on if it becomes necessary in the course of the fight, but he makes it clear that it will not be his preferred course of action in Las Vegas.

"Jiu-jitsu can be Plan B," the Champion said. "I’m an MMA fighter, training in everything. I’m well prepared to fight, whether standing or on the ground, and if I find it necessary to take it to the ground, it will happen."

Penick's Analysis: This really is the two biggest and baddest strikers in the MMA world facing off for the biggest title in the sport, and it should be a huge fight on a literally massive card in Las Vegas. Dos Santos feels more than comfortable pitting his boxing game against Overeem's striking, and because of that we'll be in for a very technical battle on the feet. Can Overeem's kicks and knees get in on dos Santos' hands? Can dos Santos connect early and often? Can he find Overeem's chin before Overeem tests his? How well can dos Santos take a punch from one of the best strikers in the world? We'll get answers to all of these and more on May 26, and I can't wait to see it.

[Junior dos Santos art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]


DON'T GO YET... WE SUGGEST THESE MMATORCH ARTICLES, TOO!
UFC 181: Champ Johny Hendricks says injury layoff this year reignited "desire and drive to keep going"
Anthony Johnson thinks Alexander Gustafsson beat Jon Jones at UFC 165, pulling for Daniel Cormier win at UFC 183
Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader joins UFC on Fox 14 card in Sweden this January

comments powered by Disqus
HERE ARE EVEN MORE ARTICLES THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU

SELECT ARTICLES BY CATEGORY
SEARCH MMATORCH BY KEYWORD


MMATORCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING MMA EVENTS
CLICK TO SEE A UFC VIDEO BELOW

ARTICLES OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
MMATORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!

Should Joseph Benavidez get another shot at Demetrious Johnson yet?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Has Frankie Edgar done enough to earn another Title fight with Jose Aldo?
 
pollcode.com free polls

What surprised you most on the UFC Fight Night 57 main card on Saturday night?
 
pollcode.com free polls

VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

MMATORCH WEEKLY LIVECAST
Listen to the weekly MMATORCH LIVECAST on Blog Talk Radio


MMATORCH STAFF

EDITORS:

Wade Keller, supervising editor
(mmatorch@gmail.com)

Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief
(mmatorcheditor@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:

Shawn Ennis - Jason Amadi
Frank Hyden - Rich Hansen
Chris Park - Matt Pelkey


Interested in joining MMATorch's writing team? Send idea for a theme to your column (for Specialist section) or area of interest (i.e. TV Reporter) along with a sample of writing to mmatorch@gmail.com.

MORE MMA SITES
CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY