Friday, April 20, 2012

Overeem's Out, and Frank Mir's in at UFC 146

With everyone aware of Alistair Overeem's positive pre-fight drug test, and his upcoming licensing hearing on April 24th. It looked as though we would wait with the UFC, for the NSAC decision and kill time debating who we thought should replace Overeem in the event he was unable to get licensed. At which point Chael Sonnen scolded the MMA media and reminded us that the Reem was innocent until proven guilty. While Overeem's lawyer wanted to make it very clear that despite other reports, Overeem did not test high for testosterone, but rather his testosterone to epitestosterone was off  and he had a reasonable explanation as to why that happened. All that coupled with a eerily quiet response from the UFC, lead many to speculate that we would see some sort of UFC/NSAC shenanigans allowing the fight to continue as scheduled. Which had others asking how badly Overeem's participation could damage the sport? 

To wit:
"That's why, if Overeem is allowed to fight, as so many have speculated inside the industry, the biggest black eye won't be on dos Santos, but on the sport itself."
                                                                                                                  - Dave Meltzer 

Well the speculation is over. As late Friday night Dana White announced via twitter that Frank Mir would be taking on Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146. 
 Mir had been expected to face off with Cain Velasquez in the co-main event, Velasquez will stay on the card versus a new opponent with Werdum, Bigfoot, Big Country, or Mitrione all being mentioned as possibilities. 

Maybe another #RallyforMarkHunt is in order? 

While Alistair Overeem is left to see what the NSAC makes of his  reasonable explanation on April 24th. 

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