The MMA world may be counting Alistair Overeem out of his UFC 146 championship fight with Junior Dos Santos but he sure doesn’t think so. Overeem has finally broken his silence and is still under the impression that he will be fighting on May 26.
Overeem appeared on the Spike TV MMA Uncensored program this week, breaking his silence for the first time since the news broke about his failed test. Unfortunately if you were waiting for Overeem to explain why his T/E ratio came back at 14:1 last month, you will have to keep waiting. Overeem instead prefers to speak about his upcoming fight…a fight that is in serious jeopardy of being canceled. Here is a highlight from the conversation.
Bragging about being bigger and stronger probably isn’t in Overeem’s best interest right now.
Overeem is certainly speaking like a man that thinks he will be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title. Overeem will have a hearing with the NSAC on April 24 to determine whether he gets licensed for this fight. The thought of Overeem getting licensed for this fight has already produced a big backlash in the MMA world. One guy who isn’t happy about that prospect is Overeem’s scheduled opponent, UFC champion Junior Dos Santos.
Dos Santos spoke earlier this week about the Overeem controversy. Dos Santos is still willing to defend the championship against Overeem if the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion gets licensed, although he isn’t very happy about it.
“If the fight happens I will fight with pleasure, but I can tell if it is proved that the use of illegal substances is disrespect to the sport and something unfair to me. The ratio of testosterone in his body that there may be increased by 30% his strength and aggressiveness of it, I was told people who know the subject. Will really be unfair fight, but as a fighter will be ready to face anyone.”
It has to be an incredibly frustrating time right now for Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos is a little over a month away from fighting and he really has no idea who that opponent will be. It could be Overeem or it could be a replacement fighter. Any replacement whether it be Frank Mir, Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Cain Velasquez, etc would be a completely different fighter than Overeem. Punishing Dos Santos by making him change his training on such short notice due to someone else’s error seems a bit unfair to me.
My hunch is that Overeem vs. Dos Santos will take place and a lot of people are going to be unhappy about it. I think Overeem gets licensed and the UFC proceeds with business as usual. It isn’t as if the UFC ever really cared about punishing guys with positive PED tests. I can’t imagine they would now.