It had to happen. We had the perfect card here; all heavyweights. UFC 146 was going to be a night of all-out heavyweight action with a main event that striker fans were all looking forward to. Current champion Junior dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) was going to defend his title against K-1 Grand Prix champion, DREAM! heavyweight champion, and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (48-11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). It couldn’t have been more perfect. The two very best strikers in MMA heavyweight competition were going to go balls-out for MMA’s most jeweled crown and likely give us one of the best title fights ever.
But on April 4, 2012, news reports confirmed our worst (and for some, predicted) fear: Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, at a ratio of 14:1 which is over double the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s prescribed 6:1 max ratio.
And just like that, *poof*. The dream match died.
I just don’t know what to say. Overeem is one of my favourite fighters and I would always defend to death the idea that he naturally grew large because he put the work in the gym and make the right choices with his lifestyle. Well, so much for that I guess.
There’s no real point in mentioning UFC President Dana White’s reaction as I’m sure most of us know how he feels about all this. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to wait and see what Overeem’s camp has to say about this and what this means for not only the main event at UFC 146 but also Overeem’s future within the UFC, if any.