UFC President Dana White makes nice with 'stud' Alistair Overeem

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem attends The Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Party presented by Sports Illustrated and Bacardi at Music Hall At Fair Park on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Bacardi)

Looks like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is back in the Alistair Overeem business.

That's because the two had a meeting recently at Zuffa headquarters that saw "The Reem" get back in his bosses good graces by waiting him out and owning up to his mistakes.

Because, remember, it's all about how you handle yourself after you mess up, not that you messed up.

Overeem first got on White's bad side when he popped a positive test for an elevated T/E ratio at a UFC 146 pre-fight press conference that nose dived his main event fight against Junior dos Santos for the promotion's Memorial Day weekend extravaganza. The show was saved by Frank Mir but the pay-per-view (PPV) buyrate, which was solid nonetheless, was undoubtedly hurt by the absence of one of the world's best heavyweights.

That's not even what had White up in arms. No, he was truly upset because he felt "Demolition Man" lied to his face during a meeting before the UFC signed the deadly Dutchman.

But it's all water under the bridge now.

White explained the situation at the UFC 148 post-fight press conference scrum with media members (transcription via MMAWeekly.com):

"Alistair did meet with me. I think he's a stud. I liked the meeting, liked what he had to say, and I like the fact that he came in town, he came in the thing he walked in, I saw him walk in he was meeting Lorenzo (Fertitta), I (expletive) walked in my office and shut the door. He went downstairs and waited for 40 minutes until I called him upstairs and then came in my office like a man and nothing but respect for Alistair now. We all make mistakes, we all do stupid (expletive) all the time and I say this all the time it's all in how you deal with your mistakes and how you handle yourself after. He handled himself like a (expletive) stud. He was an absolute stud and a man and I respect him for what he did."


"The Reem" admitted under oath he was injecting himself with medication that was (unbeknownst to him) laced with testosterone, which caused him to fail a pre-fight drug test back on March 27.

Overeem insists the medication, designed to expedite his recovery from a rib injury, was secretly juiced up and responsible for his 14:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels.

It still got him benched for nine months from the legal eagles at the NSAC.

Nevertheless, he'll be back at some point later this year or early next year, and UFC President Dana White still believes the Dutch striker, who retired Brock Lesnar in late 2011, is the next heavyweight contender.

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