Overeem claims a unanimous decision win over Werdum dating back to 2011 in Strikeforce, but the climate is a bit different right now.
"I definitely get satisfaction of that [win]," said Overeem. "I also know that Werdum doesn't like me. He doesn't want to fight me. I'm the kind of guy ... I can beat you. I can beat any heavyweight. Of course, that strikes fear in them. I pay attention to what people say, what heavyweight fighters say in the UFC. Werdum doesn't want anything to do with me, either."
Overeem isn't exactly in rare company. Prior to Werdum's resurgent second stint with the UFC, the champ was also beaten by Andrei Arlovski at UFC 70 in 2007 and KO'd by Dos Santos at UFC 90 in 2008.
"I do have to say that Werdum has made a terrific development since I beat him," Overeem admitted. "Actually even before that since he beat Fedor Emelianenko. He was already on the right track. Quite a development. He's a good striker now. He's got a very good game plan. A very good team at KINGS MMA in Los Angeles. I'm very much looking forward to fighting him again.
"Again, these guys, they don't want to fight me because they know they can lose."
First, the No. 9 ranked Overeem has to knock off No. 2 Dos Santos.
"If I'm going to be honest, there's not much love lost between us," Overeem said of Dos Santos. "We've been scheduled to fight each other a couple of times and it didn't happen for various reasons. A couple of things pissed me off. Junior talks a lot of smack about me, but I didn't hear him accepting my challenge.
"Junior is going to be a very nice test for me. A challenge. Am I ready to fight for a title? So why wouldn't he pursue the fight with me? I had to step up the pressure a little bit."
Overeem faces Dos Santos Dec. 19 in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 17 in Orlando, Florida.
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French MMA took a massive stride towards becoming legal last week. This despite the best efforts of the French Judo Federation which has actively fought and successfully lobbied against the ratification of the sport since the early 2000's.
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