We now know Alistair Overeem will not be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title in May against champion Junior dos Santos. However, his status with the organization in general is still unknown according to promotional head Dana White.
“We were right up on deadlines for a lot of things we needed to do to promote a pay-per-view and I’m not very optimistic on Tuesday,” White said in a conversation with MMAWeekly, alluding to Overeem’s April 24 date with the NSAC. Overeem, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during a pre-fight drug test, will go before the regulatory board in hopes of obtaining his fight license.
During Saturday’s PPV, the UFC promoted the Mir-Dos Santos bout pointing to the necessity of putting Mir in the bout with Overeem’s immediate future still up in the air. Some rumors have Overeem facing Cain Velasquez – the planned opponent for Mir – at the May 26 show if the Dutchman is able to gain his license on Tuesday.
Watch the full UFC 145 post-fight presser below:
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