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The Unsupportable Opinion: Why Allowing Alistair Overeem to Fight Junior Dos Santos Is the Best Thing for MMA


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By Josh Hutchinson

Alistair Overeem — former Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight champion, K-1 Grand Prix champion, two-time World MMA Awards International Fighter of the Year recipient, horse-meat enthusiast, music video superstar, and the #1 contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. By now we all know the drama surrounding him and his scheduled championship fight at UFC 146. We’ve seen various replacement opponents for Junior Dos Santos get shot down, and have come to a general consensus that the Reem is most likely a cheating bastard. Fans and pundits alike have collectively called bullshit on the idea that NSAC would still consider letting the fight occur. If you take things like science, logic, and common sense into account, it’s pretty obvious what should happen here — but if we don’t play devil’s advocate, who will? Instead, let’s look at three reasons why Overeem vs. Dos Santos must happen. For example…

1) Why let all this publicity go to waste? Of the major MMA news stories that have popped up over the last few weeks, which one has dominated the headlines? If you said “Overeem’s urine analysis results,” then congratulations — you’ve not only been reading this site, but you have a much better vocabulary than me, because I would have said “Reem’s hot piss test.” For better or worse, Overeem’s dodgy test results have consumed the MMA world like the plagues of Egypt, and his name is on everyone’s lips. Maybe it’s not exactly the publicity that the UFC was hoping for, but they’d be fools not to take advantage of it. Dos Santos is such a likeable, soft-spoken character, and it would be very easy to spin the Reem as the villain in their match. And suddenly, what was simply a great heavyweight matchup just got a compelling storyline.

Besides, the UFC needs all the marquee fights it can get right now. The promotion’s relentless expansion has given us 14 seasons of The Ultimate Fighter (with two versions currently airing in two different countries), a monster broadcasting deal with FOX, and the ground-work for Zuffa’s eventual global domination. What we’ve also seen is dropping viewership for the reality show, falling numbers for the FOX broadcasts, and the loss of one of their biggest pay-per-view draws of all time in the form of a questionably tattooed professional wrestler named Brock Lesnar. If the UFC wants to keep the wrestling fans that Lesnar brought over with him, who better than The Reem? Christ, the man already looks like a pro wrestler, and he was the fighter responsible for ushering Brock back to his natural “sport” in the first place. For those crossover viewers, Overeem is the perfect heir apparent for Lesnar’s proverbial passing of the larger-than-life heavyweight torch. Not only did he send Lesnar packing, but he did in such a dominant fashion that even WWE fanboys wanted to see an encore performance.

2) Overeem sure as hell isn’t the only main event fighter to fail a test for PEDs/testosterone/etc. Take Chael Sonnen, for instance. He came in with a T:E ratio even higher than Overeem’s, charmed the CSAC until his suspension was cut in half, and will be fighting for the middleweight title again this summer. It’s not like a funky test is a career-killer, as long as you can still put asses in seats. Just ask Josh Barnett and Tim Sylvia, who both had to relinquish UFC heavyweight titles because of steroid busts, before resuming their careers like nothing happened. Or Vitor Belfort, Stephen Bonnar, Sean Sherk, and Chris Leben, who are still under contract with the UFC. Or Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, both original members of the UFC Hall of Fame. Does a past suspension for PED use take away from their accomplishments? Maybe. As I said in the introduction, I’m not here to throw around facts like some asshole in a parade throws out candy — I’m only here to make unsupportable claims. As I’m sure you’ve all watched these fighters at some point (big stretch right?), you know that they’re some of the most exciting fighters in the game, and we fans, above all else, like a good scrap. Which brings me to my final point…

3) Who the hell in their right mind doesn’t want to see this fight? Has there been a better UFC heavyweight matchup since Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia? (Note: feel free to argue for Mir vs. Lesnar 2, but don’t waste my time by mentioning Velazquez vs. Dos Santos.) The build-up alone has been phenomenal. In all honesty, the Dutchman and the Brazilian will produce as great a stand-up battle as we could ever hope for in this sport, and deep down, we all know this is the match that everyone wants to see, including the guys who call the shots at Zuffa. Therefore, Mr. Keith Kizer, if you are reading this, and the NSAC decides to let Overeem fight, it would be much appreciated if you could let “them” know that we supported this decision all along. Lord knows we could use some good credit in regards to certain UFC brass.

Well Nation, you have heard my arguments, which should passionately appeal to the alcoholics, drug addicts, and assorted nutjobs out there. (You know who you are.) Until we all find out the outcome of this tawdry little soap opera, feel free to argue about it in the comments section…

-Hutch-

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Alan K- April 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm
It's not like people weren't saying he was juicing before. Does this failed test change anyone's opinion of the guy? Just let the fight happen. If I don't get JDS vs. Hunt then I want to see this fight.
linzhanbf- April 19, 2012 at 9:12 am
http://tinyurl.com/top4biz . . .. . . ..
holeeball- April 19, 2012 at 2:22 am
What bugs me is Overeem knew he would be randomly tested and he still goes ahead with his planned cycle? That is just disrespectful. Besides, I don't think there is much doubt in anyones mind JDS will annihilate this fucker on or off steroids.
Joedirt- April 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm
I badly want to see this fight. However unless they plan on making a joke out of the NSAC and the UFC's stance on PED's then they'll deny his license.
Casa de los pantelones, although you are right that drugs will not beat good genetics and natural raw talent but if both fighters have good genetics and talent but only one does PEDs then there will be a difference.
Casa de los pantelones- April 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm
I wanna see it so I can witness Junior smashing reems face in. Who cares about peds. Do you think anderson silva uses any drugs, yet he continually smashes just about everyone he faces. There isn't a drug on the planet that will overcome good genetics and natural raw talent and ability. But until the penalties become stiffer, nothing will change. There's a saying, if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying. Not that I agree necessarily with that, but bigger muscles from using drugs don't win fights.
towelie- April 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm
Has there been a better UFC heavyweight matchup since Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia?

Brock Lesnar vs. (juiced) Shane Carwin

now a days Carwin looks like he has terminal cancer compared to before. I heard him on the Rock 1053 morning show last Friday(13th) and they somewhat asked him what he thought about what's going on right now with The Reem and the random test fail. He avoided and jsut said it was unfortunate and it goes on in most sports. Needless to say, I think he was abusing PEDs in the past.

http://www.rock1053.com/player/?station=KIOZ-FM&program_name=podcast&program_id=TheShow.xml&mid=21996589
28 minute mark
towelie- April 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I'm not really sure what to think on if the fight should still happen. I mean I want to see it, and it has happened in the past(Chael vs. Ando), but like Get Off Me says, Reem was caught prior to the bout, albeit unlicensed and two months from the fight. Ok, let's wait to hear his lawyers rebuttal to NSAC.
Get Off Me- April 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Hutch, 1)there is such thing as bad publicity nowadays. Baseball did not gain more fans when Steroids was brought into the public eye. 2)While Overeem is not the only fighter to get caught, he would be the only one allowed to fight after failing the test without serving a suspension. 3)I want to see the fight, but I would rather the issue of Steroids/PED's in mma be addressed now rather than sparodically moving forward. Good article for playing the devil's advocate though.
Anhonestmoose- April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm
It's not a soap opera until JDS breaks in at Overeem's NSAC hearing, announces he's Alistair's twin, and tells him he's been sleeping with his wife.
Jaycorr- April 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm
And what if he actually wins the fight? I know JDS is the favorite but what if the reem wins? Then what? How could he be considered the legitimate champion?

Just for the record I pray to god that this fight still goes down, I want to see it as much as the next guy.

@mcw Are you serious? Look at the size of the man! That's a pretty big advantage if you ask me
jyveturkey- April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Steroid League, Non-Steroid League, best idea ever.
El Guapo- April 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Yeah, one of the homies here always said that. Can't remember who, but it's looking more and more like he may have been on to something.
mcw89138- April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm
If the local court system can postpone Mayweather's imprisonment and allow him to fight Cotto on May 5th for the benefit of the Vegas economy, why can't the athletic commission do the same thing with Overeem? Also, I thought the whole point of regulating performance enhancers was to prevent anyone's performance from being enhanced. If Overeem can piss 6:1 the weekend of the fight, how has he gained any sort of unfair advantage over JDS?
orka- April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Well written, and I agree with all three points. But regardless if the fight happens or not, and regardless the outcome of the fight, it seems unavoidable for Overeem to endure tremendous amount of public scrutiny for the foreseeable future.
RearNakedSpoon- April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm
So, no difference when you consider the tremendous amount of public scrutiny he received before ever failing a test.
El Guapo- April 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Roids! How many of us have 'emmm?
Roids!The ones we can depend onnn.
Roids! Before we go any furtherrr.
Let's do roids!
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