UFC President Dana White (left) with Alistair Overeem.
As most of you know by now, Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone at a surprise drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) at a UFC 146 tickets on sale press conference.
He elected not to have his "B" sample tested and instead filed for his fight license. His hearing to determine whether or not he will be able to participate in the main event of the promotion's Memorial Day weekend extravaganza against Junior dos Santos on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aside from fan backlash, which has been swift, this entire ordeal has caused UFC President Dana White a gigantic headache he simply doesn't need. Which explains why he was so pissed off when he first heard the news and is still pissed off to this very day.
In fact, the only reason White has stayed quiet on the situation is that he knows he'll blow a gasket if he gets into it. That and Overeem will get his due process in just over a week and he'll deal with the situation then.
And only then.
In the meantime, his first comments on the matter (via MMA Weekly) are biting, short and make it seem quite clear he's ready to cut the cord depending on how things turn out once Overeem goes in front of the Commission.
"We're waiting to see what the Nevada State Athletic Commission... just to address that. I think I made myself pretty clear when this thing happened. I don't have the temperament to talk about this. I will say things that you guys will love and I will hate, next week. So let me just say this: everybody gets due process. Alistair Overeem will have his due process with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, we'll see what happens, and we'll go from there. And when it all goes down, somebody else will speak about this, not me."
It's not hard to understand why White is so frustrated. For starters, Overeem told him straight up when he signed his UFC contract that he would never have a problem passing a drug test.
Secondly, this little snafu has created an impossible situation. Let's say Overeem goes in and gets his license with a defense that he needs testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and he didn't actually break any rules by having elevated levels when he did (which would be true in that case). How would fans react to that?
"The Reem" has been fending off drug accusations for years. Now that he's got a failed test under his belt, he's guilty as charged in the court of public opinion. Would anyone really be okay with Overeem fighting for -- and potentially winning -- the UFC heavyweight championship?
But if contracts are already signed, it's possible White isn't able to remove "Demolition Man" from the fight as long as he's cleared by the NSAC. Which would mean the boss's hands are tied.
Hell, even if he wanted to remove Overeem from the fight, who would he use to replace him? Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez is already booked for the same card, and White has vowed not to mess with that fight. He's also completely squashed the Rally for . He still has zero desire to deal with businessFedor Emelianenko and those crazy Russians and Dan Henderson will be at UFC 145 this coming Sat., April 21 in Atlanta to challenge the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight.
Rock: Dana White's head: hard place.
As stated previously, d-day is April 24. Until then ...