The Nevada State Athletic Commission threw out a few lines last month, randomly drug testing six heavyweights slated for UFC 146, and reeled in a big fish by the name of Alistair Overeem. The Dutchman’s submission showed an elevated level of testosterone in his system meaning he will now face further punishment unless able to clear his name with a “B” sample.
“The Demolition Man” is the division’s #1 contender and scheduled to face champion Junior dos Santos at the May 26 event. Unless Overeem is able to pull a rabbit out of his hat it appears unlikely the bout will take place, though at least one option remains for title-fight in the form of Frank Mir.
Mir, who is booked to face Cain Velasquez at the same show, recently stepped up to say he would accept an opportunity to duke it out with Dos Santos even if it meant less than two months to prepare.
“I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146,” revealed Mir an official statement to media. “I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior Dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream.”
No word has surfaced from Overeem or the UFC brass relating to the situation.
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MMATraining Take: Of all the fighters who were tested there was no excuse for Overeem to even come close to getting popped. Not only was he under the largest microscope as someone who has been rumored to use steroids for years, but he has a previous agreement with the NSAC stating he’d submit two random samples during the build up to the bout so he had to know one of them would likely take place during his visit to Las Vegas for the press conference he was tested after.