Dana White Still Deciding On Whether or Not to Release Alistair Overeem

April 25, 2012
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Alistair Overeem UFC 146 press conference
Alistair Overeem will sit out the next nine months after a failed drug test, but his fate with the UFC is still up in the air.

On Tuesday, Overeem appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer to the charges of an elevated testosterone test that was return after a drug screening in late March following the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference.

Ultimately, the commission decided to deny Overeem a license and the resulting penalty was 9-months before he could re-apply for a fight license in Nevada, and also agree not to fight in another state or province while under the suspension.

UFC President Dana White was out of the country when the Overeem verdict was handed down, but on Wednesday he appeared on the Jim Rome Show where he found out about the punishment literally on air.

“I wasn’t very optimistic about his chances. I didn’t think things were going to turn out very well for him, as expected. 9 months? 9 months isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought he’d get a year, easily a year,” said White with some surprise.

Overeem’s claim on Tuesday was that a doctor had administered a shot with anti-inflammatory drugs, but the cocktail also contained testosterone that resulted in the elevated levels during the test.

Regardless of what was injected into Overeem’s body, White says that the UFC heavyweight should have disclosed it to the commission no matter what was inside.

“Whatever medicine you’re on you’re supposed to tell them before you test, not after you test,” said White.

“I’m not a fan, I’m not a fan at all. You’re not going to hear me defending Alistair Overeem, believe me.”

Now with Overeem on the shelf for the next nine months, will he soon also be a free agent?

“I don’t know we’ll see what happens,” White said about possibly releasing Overeem. “He went before the commission, the commission gave him nine months. I’m sure he’s going to have to go in and test again.

“Before he went in there he sat down at a lunch with me and my partner, 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 9 month suspension, claiming he was on anti-inflammatories which he should have told them about before they tested.”

The heart of the matter for White comes down to the fact that he believes Overeem lied to him, and that’s something that is not easily forgiven.

“I do, yeah, I know he lied to me,” said White. “I don’t like it.”

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  • Zero chance they cut him and put a big name HW on the market for another promotion (M-1, Bellator, Super Duper Fun Fight League in India…) to profit off of. They’ve invested in him (time, money, marketing, promotion…) and he’s still got value. They’ll tell us how disappointed they are but are willing to give him a second chance.

  • Triggerman99

    One thing Dana can’t stand is when fighters intentionally try to BS him. But I agree that he won’t be cut. There’s no way.
    This is just Dana’s way of having it both ways. He can say he dissaproves of Overeem and save face, and then he can go and make millions off of him.
    Well played, Dana.

    • markrenton

      After tearing apart Brock, Overeem is going to be a big draw in his next fight, wherever it may be. The UFC knows this and it must drive them crazy how much money this jagoff is costing them. With all the steroid use coming to light lately they definitely cant stand up for a guy that tested 14 to 1, but i would be shocked if they dont give him another fight.

      I think he’ll be back in 9 months, but if he loses that fight he’ll be cut. Once you piss off Dana, youre on the chopping block if they let you back.

  • Booker T

    I was a fan of Overeem. Now I can’t stand the cheater.

    • Lesnardo

      U didn’t know that he was juicing?????????????

      • macgrubber

        until you start lifting and eating horse meat you cant say it was juice.

  • mmachoman

    Why would they release the guy? That makes no sense.

    9 months pass quickly and when it ends, test him again and if he fails at that point, then maybe firing the guy would make sense.

  • He still owes the commission another random drug test sometime between now and the end of June. He better not forget that.

  • pooby

    The UFC doesn’t cut talented fighters that sell tickets, roids or no roids. Dana’s mind was made up a long time ago not to cut Alistair, it’s just a PR game pretending that he might.

    • Lesnardo

      I agree 100%.

      He would have cut him two days ago had he wanted to cut him.

  • fightfankevin

    Considering the quick exit Dana gave nate marquart who was loyal to the UFC for quite a while, rewarding overoid by keeping him just isnt right.

    • Marquardt screwed them out of a main event 24 hours before the fight was set to take place. It was also his 3rd incident with PED’s.

      • dathump

        Plus Marquardt wasn’t a big draw fighter. Sure hes a top contender, but lacking the charisma to be a big PPV draw. Now if this would have happened before Overeem retired Lesnar, Dana would have probably got rid of him.

    • Lesnardo

      Loyalty? Not sure if that matters. Pretty much every top fighter complains about the salary and would take an alternative offer from a competitor organization if there were any.

      The journeymen and low ranking fighters are the ones that rave about loyalty.

      Like any company, you have to perform to remain alive. Loyalty is not an excuse for poor performance.

  • Towers66

    He stays in the UFC. Period. Everyone will be paying to see him when he returns. UFC primetime will get a record amount of viewers upon his return as well. He is big $$$$$, cheater or not. He’ll probably be a Ultimate Fighter coach leading up to his first fight back just to keep him in the spotlight.

  • bajafox

    Put him on a free fight on FOX and on the undercard against Roy Nelson. That would be a good welcome back, hopefully Roy beats him THEN Dana can do what he really wants to do and cut him

  • MikeMc1983

    I understand what you guys are thinking. I don’t however “know” that he’s a “big” draw. He might be, but it’s not absolute fact. You ask a non mma/UFC fan to name every fighter they know, and isn’t going to be one of them on very many list.

    I believe the UFC is scared shitless of the idea of him winning the title, and then failing a test again. The UFC is still trying to grow. They don’t want the attention that having a HW champ that’s testing positive would bring.

    You guys are all looking at short term money. Having huge blemishes is bad for a brand. That hurts your long term cash. That’s a lot more money that could be lost, than the few million they make in the short term.

    I’m not saying he gets cut. But the UFC has shown their eyes are on the long term. You guys are thinking about the next few years.

    • dathump

      I think the chances of Overeem failing another test are slim to none. Even if he decides he needs to use test to maintain his size, all he has to do is have a doctor sign off that he has low test write him a perscription, then disclose it to the commision, and go off it 10 weeks before any fight. If he would have came up with his BS story before this test and not after, none of this would be an issue.
      I am really courios how many other fighters get “random” drug tests instead of just fight time tests.

      • Lesnardo

        All HWs on the maincard were tested at the same time Reem was tested.

        • dathump

          thanks, missed that in the initial story.

    • Lesnardo

      Dumbest thing I’ve heard.

      “You ask a non mma/UFC fan to name every fighter they know”

      Non MMA fans don’t know who Anderson Silva or GSP is. They might know Randy and Liddell.

      You are talking about non-MMA fans in the United States. Outside of the US, Reem is VERY well-known. In Japan, Reem came out on TV shows.

      Also, your long term vs short term argument is just garbage.

      “I’m not saying he gets cut.” <–Nice way to discredit everything you've been saying before.

  • He is not the first to get cough and he won’t be the last. He is not going to get cut either, White is full of shit.

    I am also ready to go beyond this and say that Overeem will get cough again using steroids within the next 2 years.

    He is so dumb but i enjoy is fights heheheh

    • Lesnardo

      It’s “caught” not “cough.” Given that you’ve used “cough” twice in your comment, I wonder if its either you or Reem that is dumb.

      • macgrubber

        virgins correct grammer on the web

      • Killshot76

        Lesnardo, do you always have to be a dick to people and trash talk?! English is not everyone’s native language. you know damn well he meant caught, so chillax man!

        Debate someone’s opinion/argument, don’t trash them for improper grammar or an opinion that may be unsupported or different than yours…that’s just shitty debating skills.

        If someone is wrong I’m sure they would be grateful you properly informed them, but instead you attack and hit below the belt. No one will concede when you come at them like that. so just chill dude, i’m tired of you flaming people!

  • z999

    Fighters shouldn’t piss Dana off or he will make your life miserable. I would love to see Dana put Overoid on an undercard against some smothering wrestler, … but there aren’t too many HW smothering wrestlers. Cormier? Barnett? Lol, Reem would not win vs either.

  • blitzkrieg185

    Dana must not like the taste of his own medicine. How many times and how many fighters has Dana promised title shots to and ended up lying. Screwing with people’s lives telling them they’re the no. 1 contender, serves him right for once.

  • opposition13

    He needs to go away!!!! CHOP, CHOP