Up next for Overeem is UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. Dos Santos took the title from Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 with a quick first round KO. Overeem's win sets up a match between dos Santos, the heavyweight division's best boxer and Overeem, it's most mauling Muay Thai clinch fighter.
Dos Santos (14-1) is 8-0 since joining the UFC in 2008 with only two of those fights going the distance. Overeem (36-11-1) is 1-0 in the UFC and is 11-0 with 5 KO's and 5 submissions. Overeem, a former Strikeforce heavyweight champ as well as the last champion of K-1's kickboxing Grand Prix, is not likely to be over-awed by dos Santos' boxing skills. But the champ's conditioning will be a huge advantage if the fight goes into the deep water of the championship rounds.
Dos Santos vs. Overeem should command considerable fan interest, but there is no way it will match the business that would have been done by a dos Santos title defense against Brock Lesnar. That bout would likely have done more than 1 million PPV buys. With Overeem challenging for the title it should do more than 500,000 but is very unlikely to approach 1 million.