Alistair Overeem UFC 146 press conference
The bad news for Alistair Overeem started in March when he failed a pre-fight drug screening that cost him his shot at the UFC heavyweight title that was supposed to take place on tonight’s UFC 146 fight card.

Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and was denied a fight license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which essentially serves as a 9-month suspension from the sport.

Needless to say, UFC President Dana White was none too happy about Overeem’s testing result because it caused him to be pulled from the main event of UFC 146, but it also cost the two from having any further relationship.

“He lied to me. He sat in front of us, he lied to us, I’m not interested. I don’t have to deal with people I don’t want to deal with and I don’t want to deal with him, Lorenzo (Fertitta) will,” White said on Saturday night about Overeem.

If there is a silver lining to all of this for Alistair Overeem, it’s that he may have to sit out for the next nine months, but he won’t lose his job with the UFC.

“He went before the athletic commission and he got his punishment. He’s going to serve his sentence now and when he comes back, he has to apply for a license again and then we’ll go from there,” White said confirming that Overeem will fight in the Octagon again.

The good news mounted for Overeem as White confirmed that despite his personal feelings towards the former Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion, he won’t suffer any ill will when he returns to the UFC.

As a matter of fact, White says that Overeem’s place in the heavyweight division will remain where it was before, which means the Dutch wrecking machine could easily be right in the thick of the title hunt when he comes back.

“Yeah, I think he should (regain his standing in the division),” White said.

Now it’s just up to Overeem to serve out the remainder of his 9-month ban and then come back to the UFC to see who might be champion at that time, and hope they may offer him a title shot.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

BJ Penn Suspended 6 Months by USADA for Anti-Doping Policy Violation

  • 27 days ago
  • 16 views

BJ Penn has received a six-month ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency after he admitted to using a prohibited "intravenous infusion." In a statement released on Monday, the USADA revealed th read news >>

The 10: The Best of the Best from the Best Month in UFC History

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Take a look at the 10 best fights from one of the best fight months in UFC history. This is The 10 for July. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Video Highlights: Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree

  • 15 days ago
  • 37 views

Andrew Sanchez and Khalil Rountree fought for the title of The Ultimate Fighter on Friday in the TUF 23 Finale main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Video Highlights: Amanda Cooper vs. Tatiana Suarez

  • 15 days ago
  • 69 views

Amanda Cooper and Tatiana Suarez fought for the title of The Ultimate Fighter on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Check out the fight highlights. read news >>

Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 15 days ago
  • 113 views

After 16 months off, No. 3 bantamweight and former title contender Cat Zingano (9-2) faced Julianna Pena, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate at UFC 200. After a promising f read news >>

UFC 200: The Fights Weren't the Problem, but the Pacing Was

  • 14 days ago
  • 452 views

As we sit here in the afterglow of a week when the UFC flat out bludgeoned its fans into veritable submission with nearly an entire day’s worth of fistfights spread across three consecutive nights, t read news >>

Cain Velasquez: ‘I Want the Winner of Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem (Video)

  • 14 days ago
  • 25 views

Following his first-round finish of Travis Browne at UFC 200, former heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez wants to fight the winner of champion Stipe Moicic and Alistair Overeem. read news >>

For Dana White and Fertittas, UFC Sale Leaves Behind Complex Legacy

  • 13 days ago
  • 15 views

After months of intense negotiations, the deal has finally closed. As first reported by TMZ, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was sold for $4 billion to talent agency WME-IMG in the single biggest read news >>

UFC Sioux Falls Free Fight: Michael McDonald Knocks Miguel Torres Out of the UFC

  • 11 days ago
  • 36 views

Before fighting for the title against Renan Barao, Michael McDonald defeated Miguel Torres at UFC 145, knocking him out of the UFC. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 91 Medical Suspensions: Michael McDonald Sidelined for Two Months

  • 9 days ago
  • 30 views

Every fighter on the UFC Fight Night 91 event on Wednesday in Sioux Falls, S.D., was issued, at minimum, a precautionary medical suspension of 7 days. read news >>