Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem withdrew from his UFC 160 fight against Junior dos Santos, scheduled for May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after suffering a slight tear in his quadriceps.
That's the bad news.
The good news is, "Demolition Man" is only expected to miss 4-5 weeks of action, which means he could return to the Octagon as early as UFC 162, the promotion's annual Fourth of July weekend extravaganza, also in "Sin City," according to an update from UFC Tonight.
So why didn't they just move his bout against "Cigano" to the July 6 fight card?
That was Overeem's first request, but by that point, the Brazilian had soured on the "weird" situation that could have potentially compromised his "dedication and money" after already committing to fight camp. Dos Santos insists he would have waited if the Dutchman was division champion, according to these comments, but he's not, and the show must go on.
No matter, as his loss is Mark Hunt's gain, though the portly power-puncher should probably send a thank you note to the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base, after they nearly crashed the Twitter servers during their #Rally4MarkHunt, which is like the Occupy Wall Street movement, only with more broken bones.
Whoever said "no man is an island," never had to play matchmaker for Overeem.
With his recent troubles -- along with most of the top dogs in the division having already been tied to a pay-per-view (PPV) tree -- the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion will have to move down, rather than up, when finding his next opponent, which means we need all you fantasy bookers out there to let us know where he fits into the 265-pound puzzle.
UFC 162: Alistair Overeem vs.......