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Alistair Overeem Out of UFC 160 With Injury; Fight With Dos Santos Likely Pushed to Summer [UPDATED]


(“It’s embarrassing, okay? Let’s just say I’ll be on penicillin for a while, and leave it at that.”)

As first reported by MMAFighting yesterday evening, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem will be unable to fight former champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 (May 25th, Las Vegas), due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training. No word yet on the nature or severity of the injury, although it will reportedly require 4-5 weeks of recovery. [Update: Overeem has revealed that it was a slight tear in his quad muscle.]

As soon as news of the withdrawal broke, fellow UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt tried to organize a twitter assault to claim the replacement spot against Dos Santos. However, UFC president Dana White suggested that Overeem vs. Dos Santos will simply be postponed to sometime in the summer. Ah well. Would have been nice to see this happen again.

The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the hormonally fluctuating Overeem, who just followed up his nine-month licensing timeout with an upset knockout loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva last month. If Overeem does meet Dos Santos this summer, the fight will come a full year-and-a-half since the Reem’s last victory over Brock Lesnar in December 2011 — not a good look for a guy who spent the previous four years unbeaten.

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El Guapo- March 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm
The human head weighs 10 pounds.


Overeempotamus head weighs 11. Sometimes 14. Sometimes 12.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 7, 2013 at 11:31 am
@ ReXXX

So that would mean that the hippo is a form of seafood in the Dr. Ubereem diet?
ReX13- March 7, 2013 at 11:45 am
i love that you always see where i'm going with these remarks.
cman- March 7, 2013 at 10:45 am
Hippos are fucking vicious.
That said, Reem not roided is going to be a running disappointment. Wonder if the injury was hit the same vein twice.
ReX13- March 7, 2013 at 9:49 am
fun fact: "hippopotamus" is greek for "river horse".
ReX13- March 7, 2013 at 9:48 am
i have actually had the chance to pet a rhino.


there is no fucking way i would get that close to a hippo.

Fried Taco- March 7, 2013 at 9:17 am
I'm guessing Reem's next move is to have a certain operation so he can challenge Rowdy Ronda for her belt.
Fried Taco- March 7, 2013 at 9:15 am
@teep - Hungry,hungry rhino?
teep- March 7, 2013 at 9:06 am
I think all nature shows warn against training with rhinos.
I wonder what the rhino looks like after the sparring session.
J.Jones- March 7, 2013 at 9:37 am
Your knowledge of the animal kingdom is ADORABLE.
OPIO- March 7, 2013 at 8:52 am
I say Mark Hunt Vs. Travis Browne as a replacement fight.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 7, 2013 at 7:56 am
Dana doesn't want anything to do with Hunt when it comes to JDS. That's a bad style match-up for him. Overeem wants no part of JDS, JDS doesn't want Hunt.
mma4ever- March 7, 2013 at 7:13 am
Fear can be crippling ..4 to 6 weeks of some artificial courage shoud do it tho.
ytrebil- March 7, 2013 at 7:11 am
That's a shame... if he was cycling he could have been back training the next day!
jcv1986- March 7, 2013 at 7:07 am
Yeah seen this coming,reem without steroids is like birthday with no cake. It just ain't the fuckin same.
amsterdamheavy- March 7, 2013 at 6:57 am
Is Uberroid ducking JDS....?

Hmmm, Magic 8 Ball says: Signs Point to Yes.
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