Source: MMA Weekly
Junior Dos Santos has been unbeatable since joining the UFC in 2008 going a perfect 8-0. In fact, Dos Santos has been near perfect and has not been in trouble once in those eight fights. Dana White believes Dos Santos’ fights thus far has resembled Chuck Liddell’s fights. Both guys are “great at defending the take down, dropping bombs, throwing heavy punches.” But White has cautioned that his fights are still just “one dimensional”, meaning just boxing. Perhaps the one fighter that could have challenged Dos Santos skillwise was former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who Dos Santos knocked out in the first round to take his belt. Prior to their match, many believed Velasquez, known for his wrestling base, could take Dos Santos down and make him work off of his back. But Velasquez did not even last long enough to threaten Dos Santos. Then again, neither could Shane Carwin.
White believes former Strikeforce heavyweight and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem will be Dos Santos’ toughest test in the striking department. Overeem utilizes knees, kicks, and punches better than anyone in MMA. Just take a look at the way Overeem dismantled Brock Lesnar last december. Arguably, Overeem has the best credentials as a striker of anyone in the heavyweight division. But, Dos Santos has said he is willing to trade on his feet with Overeem believing in his own striking skills. No one can predict who will win their fight at UFC 146, but one thing they can expect is that someone is getting knocked out.