Although Alistair Overeem isn’t worried about obtaining a fight license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to challenge heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 146, despite the fact he failed his pre-fight drug test after registering more than twice the legal limit for testosterone, UFC president Dana White is not taking any chances and has pulled Overeem from the title bout in favor of Frank Mir (Pictured).
Mir was originally slated to face Cain Velasquez in the May 26th show in a top contender contest. He is perfect through his past three fights and was last seen snapping Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s right arm in two at UFC 140 in December.
The 32-year-old captured the UFC heavyweight crown in 2004 before a motorcycle accident forced him to vacate the strap. Mir also won an interim belt in December of 2008 before losing a title unification bout to Brock Lesnar seven months later.
The shootout marks dos Santos’ first title defense. It took the Brazilian all of 64 seconds to put Velasquez to sleep this past November to take the title. He had his knee operated on shortly after and has been on the mend ever since.
Velasquez is expected to remain on the UFC 146 roster. However, there is no word on who he will face on Memorial Day weekend.
Overeem is scheduled to stand before the NSAC this Tuesday, but even if he’s able to pull a rabbit out of his hat, it will all be for naught.
Last month, “The Demolition Man” registered a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14:1 in a surprise drug exam. The NSAC allows a T/E ratio of 6:1. Just in case you were wondering, the average male produces approximately a 1:1 ratio.
UFC 146 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Cain Velasquez vs. TBD
Stephan Struve vs. Mark Hunt
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Frank Mir vs. Junior dos Santos (UFC Heavyweight Champion)