Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may be in the midst of an event drought, but that doesn't mean big things haven't been happening in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) decided to pop in on all those in attendance at this presser for a random screening. Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all tested clean.
But not "The Reem." His worst fears, along with UFC President Dana White's, were confirmed when NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer sent out an e-mail alerting media members to the fact that Overeem's T/E ratio was greater than 10:1. To get an idea of how warped that is, normal male's have a T/E ratio of 1:1 while Nevada allows for its fighters to be as high as 6:1.
This led a pissed off Dana White to ponder "Demolition Man's" future with the world's largest fight promotion. White was upset because he felt he had been lied to when he initially signed the Dutchman to a contract. Obviously, all parties were aware of the perception Overeem has battled throughout his career -- that he's on steroids -- and White and company wanted reassurances. Once they were given, pen was put to paper.
So when alerted to Overeem's drug test failure, White wasn't exactly a happy camper.
That's partially because he was lied to and partially because it threw into question the main event of his promotion's annual Memorial Day weekend event. UFC 146 was supposed to feature Junior dos Santos' first title defense on May 26 in Las Vegas. Obviously, it looks as though that might not be happening.
We won't know for sure until Overeem has his hearing in front of the NSAC, which is scheduled for April 24. And while Frank Mir was quick to throw his name out as the right man to replace "The Reem," White quickly declared that Mir vs. Velasquez will go on as planned. In the same breath, he also said a decision won't be made until Overeem's fate becomes clear.
And that will be just one month away from showtime.
A few names have cropped up as potential replacements, none of which seem to make a lot of sense. Fedor Emelianenko was tossed out there by MMAmania.com Commander-in-Chief Thomas Myers. Fans began a Twitter rally for Mark Hunt to be awarded the position. Others asked Dan Henderson if he would be willing to move up, to which he responded yes, creating yet another interesting name for the discussion.
Ultimately, no decision will be made until April 24. And that's when a new crop of stories will pop up and Overeem will dominate headlines once again. Until then, keep your appetite satisfied with plenty of links after the jump.
- Alistair Overeem tests positive for elevated testosterone levels, UFC 146 title fight with Junior dos Santos in trouble
- UFC President Dana White "beyond pissed" Alistair Overeem failed drug test
- Frank Mir excited to fight Junior dos Santos if Alistair Overeem is denied license for UFC 146
- Junior dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko is the UFC 146 main event to make
- Alistair Overeem doesn't respond to Nevada State Athletic Commission following failed drug test
- Alistair Overeem's T/E ratio comes back a whopping 14:1 following failed drug test
- Alistair Overeem fails drug test and some people (like myself) don't really care
- Junior dos Santos is drug free and he's still training to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 146
- Junior dos Santos called Alistair Overeem's testosterone use one year ago
- Dan Henderson would take fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 if offered
- Dana White says Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 146 "will happen"
- Alistair Overeem's hearing in front of NSAC set for April 24, UFC 146 main event decision comes after
- Joe Rogan throws his support behind the rally for Mark Hunt to get a title shot against Junior dos Santos at UFC 146
- Alistair Overeem officially files for his fight license in Nevada
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