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onip69 03-06-2013 07:54 PM

Alistair Overeem injured, out of planned UFC 160 matchup with Junior dos Santos

Alistair Overeem injured, out of planned UFC 160 matchup with Junior dos Santos
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Once again, Alistair Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will not be able to fulfill a planned meeting in the octagon. ( today confirmed with sources close to the event that Overeem has withdrawn from the planned UFC meeting with the former Brazilian champ. The scratch was first reported by MMA Fighting.

UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Overeem's name was most recently in the news when Nevada State Athletic Commission officials revealed his blood test following January's UFC 156 event was both clean and also with testosterone levels below a normal range of 250-1,100 nano grams per deciliter (ng/dL). As first reported, Overeem's total testosterone came in at 179 from the test, which was administered the morning after the fight at 8:25 a.m. on Feb. 3.

Dos Santos, of course, had hoped to rebound from his loss to Velasquez at UFC 155 in December. That was his first loss in the UFC and came in his second defense of the heavyweight title after a win over Frank Mir at UFC 146. He had been itching to fight Overeem while he was champion, but now it's unclear whether he'll try and wait out the former Strikeforce champ or instead take another opponent.

Overeem had looked to try to climb back from his first loss since September 2007. The elite kickboxer was supposed to have a shot at Dos Santos' heavyweight title at UFC 146, but failed a pre-fight drug test with elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels. The NSAC would not consider licensing him for a period of nine months, which amounted, effectively, to a non-suspension suspension for the Dutch fighter. His return at UFC 156 was supposed to be a top contender's fight for him, with a win securing him a shot at Velasquez. But an unexpected loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva set the former Strikeforce champion back in the pack.

For the latest on UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

jonnyg4508 03-06-2013 08:00 PM

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JDS vs Hunt!

EVERLOST 03-06-2013 08:03 PM

I see Hunt getting the nod to step up. I dont want to watch that fight as i love both guys....but i will because Im a glutton.

Sterl 03-06-2013 08:04 PM

I was really looking forward to seeing Reem get KTFO again. :(

AmdM 03-06-2013 08:07 PM

The Reem is scared of the gipsy.

The Best Around 03-06-2013 08:08 PM

Damn that totally sucks, no other way to analyze it. Hopefully they eventually fight and this isnt thrown into the topic of "announced fights that never happened".

UFC_OWNS 03-06-2013 08:13 PM

Hunt Hunt Hunt

guycanada 03-06-2013 08:18 PM

Hopefully they delay the JDS vs Overeem fight until July 6, make it the co-main event...

Rory could be ready for May 25 (was a 4-6 week recovery) otherwise HUNT seems like the choice


Heavyweight Championship bout: Cain Velasquez vs Antonio Silva
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos vs ???
Light Heavyweight bout: Glover Teixeira vs Ryan Bader
Lightweight bout: Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons
Lightweight bout: Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant

Welterweight bout: Amir Sadollah vs Stephen Thompson
Lightweight bout: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Abel Trujillo
Featherweight bout: Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan
Welterweight bout: Gunnar Nelson vs. Mike Pyle
Welterweight bout: Robert Whittaker vs. Colton Smith

GlasgowKiss 03-06-2013 08:20 PM

Meathead will step up and blast JDS into orbit

EVERLOST 03-06-2013 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by GlasgowKiss (Post 1879610)
Meathead will step up and blast JDS into orbit

Oh yeah?

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