Heavyweight Alistair Overeem’s already cloudy future got a bit darker yesterday when UFC President Dana White decided to publicly address the Dutchman’s status after a Tuesday hearing with the NSAC rendering the top contender unable to receive a license until late December. While White stopped short of outright releasing Overeem he certainly didn’t offer any votes of confidence either.
“I wasn’t very optimistic about his chances. I didn’t think that things were gonna turn out very well for him. As expected. Nine months? Nine months isn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be. I thought he’d get a year. Easily a year,” began White while serving as a guest on The Jim Rome Show.
As has been well-documented, Overeem tested positive for a grossly elevated level of testosterone in his body at a random screening last month and was forced to withdraw from a headlining title-fight at UFC 146. His explanation for the result pertained to a doctor-prescribed medication he used without knowing it contained testosterone.
Though White was clearly upset about the situation it appeared the main issue he has with “The Demolition Man” doesn’t relate to the change in main event or even seeing Overeem out for the remainder of the year but rather a personal matter.
“I’m not a fan. I’m not a fan at all. You’re not gonna hear me today on your radio show defending Alistair Overeem, believe me,” stated an animated White.
“He sat down in a lunch with me and my partners, looked us in the face and said, ‘I’m the most tested athlete in all of sports. They can test me whenever they want to.’ He flew in for the press conference, they tested him and now he’s on a nine-month suspension. He claims that he was on anti-inflammatories, which he should have told them before he tested. I know he lied to me,” continued White, his anger building, even alluding to the possibility of even cutting professional ties with the polished striker. “I don’t like it. You know, you sit down and you have these guys that you do business with and you say, ‘Listen, be honest with me. What’s going on here? Let’s figure out how we can work together and how we can do business together.’ And if they’ll sit in front of you and lie to your face? I don’t know, not the kind of guys I want to do business with.”
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