Alistair Overeem at UFC 141UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem recently failed a surprise drug test in Nevada, testing positive for an overly high ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone, which would be indicative of performance enhancing substances in his system.

Overeem will go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 24 to have an opportunity to defend himself.

Fighters in the past that have failed similar drug screens have not been successful in fighting the results, but Overeem, at least publicly, has appeared confident that he is still fighting Junior dos Santos on May 26 at UFC 146.

Most fans, pundits, and industry insiders, however, believe that there is no way that Overeem is going to dodge the bullet and get licensed by Nevada, which effectively removes him from the fight.

After initially exploding about the situation, UFC president Dana White has removed himself from talk about Overeem. One of his few comments was about Frank Mir, who is the most logical replacement should Overeem not be allowed to fight.

Mir vs Cain will happen,” he tweeted in response to a fan.

With his most recent statements on the situation, following UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Sweden, White certainly doesn’t sound like a man that thinks Overeem has a leg to stand on. He sounds more like a man that is doing everything in his power from blasting Overeem before he has his day in court, so to say.

“We’re waiting to see what the Nevada State Athletic Commission… just to address that. I think I made myself pretty clear when this thing happened. I don’t have the temperament to talk about this,” said White. “I will say things that you guys will love and I will hate, next week.

“So let me just say this: everybody gets due process. Alistair Overeem will have his due process with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, we’ll see what happens, and we’ll go from there. And when it all goes down, somebody else will speak about this, not me.”

Not exactly the type of talk that is likely to bolster Overeem’s confidence in finding a way out of this situation.

Ever since Overeem’s positive results was revealed, everyone wondered why the UFC didn’t just come out and put Mir in his place.

White’s comment about Mir vs. Velasquez, in particular, caught many off guard, leaving them wondering who else could be slotted in. It could very well be the “due process” that White mentioned that lead to the statement about Mir vs. Velasquez, however.

The UFC has to allow Overeem to present his case before the commission. Overeem is not currently licensed in Nevada, so he is not under any type of suspension. If nothing changes, he will be denied a license and probably not allowed to re-apply for at least a year. But as it stands, he hasn’t currently received a ruling that precludes him from fighting, likely why the UFC has yet to officially remove him from the fight.

Once he has his day before the commission, that is likely to change, and so could White’s stance on Mir vs. Velasquez.

One thing is for sure, for all of the Twitterati that have been rallying for resurgent UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt to get the shot against JDS should Overeem be out, you’re going to be disappointed. Hunt is already on the UFC 146 fight card, slated to face Stefan Struve.

“Yes (I’ve seen the Twitter rally for Mark Hunt). They can keep rallying,” said White. “It ain’t going to happen.”

“You don’t just jump right into the title shot. I guarantee you this, if (Hunt) beats Struve, his next fight will be against somebody in the top five that can get him closer to that title shot.”

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
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

Why Anthony Johnson isn’t Fighting Jon Jones at UFC 197?

  • 28 days ago
  • 102 views

Why didn't Anthony "Rumble" Johnson get the call to fight Jon Jones at UFC 197? UFC president Dana White explains. read news >>

Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Episode 4: UFC Boy Band, Snowboarding, and Prospects Found

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

During episode 4 of Looking' for a Fight, UFC president Dana White, former champion Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" head to Minneapolis to scout a heavyweight prospect. read news >>

'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight,' episode 4 with discovery of UFC 197's Cody East

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its fourth episode, which can now be watched in its entirety.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Amanda Nunes challenges Miesha Tate for women's bantamweight title at UFC 200

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Dana White said we might get a women’s title fight at UFC 200, and now we have one. Miesha Tate will defend her bantamweight title for the first time when she meets Amanda Nunes. Filed under: Feature read news >>

After legalization, ex-UFC champ Chris Weidman says next fight will be in NY

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

In the process of advocating for MMA in his home state of New York, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman got a rare inside look at the process of lawmaking.Filed under: Featured Videos, New read news >>

Twitter Mailbag: Sympathy for 'The Dragon'?

  • 18 days ago
  • 35 views

In this week's Twitter Mailbag, Lyoto Machida is out of his fight with Dan Henderson due to a USADA violation, but is this one really as bad as it sounds? Plus, what does the death of a Portuguese fi read news >>

UFC on FOX 19 Bout Cancelled Due to Anti-Doping Violation

  • 17 days ago
  • 22 views

A UFC on FOX 19 lightweight fight between Drew Dober and Islam Makhachev has been cancelled just 24 hours prior to fight time. read news >>

Islam Makhachev off UFC on FOX 19 vs. Dober due to potential failed drug test

  • 17 days ago
  • 19 views

TAMPA, Fla. – Saturday’s UFC on FOX 19 card continues to be a little bit cursed. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

RFA 37 Results and Highlights: Leandro Higo and Devin Clark Take the Gold

  • 16 days ago
  • 63 views

With UFC President Dana White in attendance, Resurrection Fighting Alliance put on one of its most exciting shows ever as RFA 37 delivered six stunning finishes. read news >>

RFA 37 highlights: It was 'insanity – the whole night,' and here's why (clue: Dana White)

  • 16 days ago
  • 778 views

Friday’s RFA 37 event produced a night of knockouts and submissions. It was also an unofficial tryout for UFC contracts thanks to one special guest.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Featured Videos, News, read news >>