The main event for UFC 146 is in serious jeopardy after Alistair Overeem tested positive for enhanced levels of testosterone.
Dana White was angry about the situation, and understandably so. He now has a pay-per view ruined at the top of the card. A heavyweight champion who will be on the shelf for an extended amount of time and gobs of money lost.
But most of all the whole situation is embarrassing.
One of your high profile fighters is now stained beyond repair.
He also has to come to the realization that one of his top fighters – Overeem- is not that bright.
Who fails a drug test when you know that you will be tested twice?
Overeem was mandated to be tested twice randomly when he missed a drug test before UFC 141, the fight that retired Brock Lesnar.
He was granted a conditional license prior to the Lesnar fight.
If he had listened to, current Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos’s comments he could have averted this crisis.
“No I’ve never seen (someone taking performance-enhancing drugs [PEDs]), but I think at Heavyweight that happens a lot for sure. When you see people like Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, look at the size of those guys, they’re really big. As Mario (Yamasaki) said, a lot of people use them but a lot of people don’t. I’m someone who has never used (PEDs), I think I came in the good phase of MMA and I’ve never used them.”
Overeem once fought at light heavyweight (205 lbs) before joining the heavyweight division. His huge weight gain naturally arose suspicion.
Earlier Overeem threatened bodily harm in response in an interview with MMA Fight corner.
“Cain Velasquez (is who I want to fight the most). And why? Because he is the UFC champion, and believe you me when the tournament is over, I’ll be coming for him. And after I’m done with him, we’re gonna go after dos Santos for his nice comment.”
It is not yet certain if Overeem’s career on the big stage in the MMA is over. But if it is not many will shed tears.