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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
With Alistair Overeem appearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this month, there's a possibility he could still be getting a fight against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 in May.
While dos Santos is more than willing to take on any challenge, he's not really thrilled about the situation in which this fight finds itself.
"In case it happens, I'll be glad to fight, but I can say that in case they prove the illegal use of those substances it would disrespectful to the sport and disloyal to me," dos Santos said to Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Wednesday (translated by Tatame.com). "The amount of testosterone in his body can increase like 30 percent of his strength and aggressiveness, and I heard it from people who really know about this stuff. It would really be unfair, but as a fighter I'll be ready to fight anyone."
"If the [NSAC] and UFC want to, I'll fight him. I'm a fighter and I'll always be there to fight, but it sure is disrespectful to MMA and how serious the sport is," he continued. "It's also unfair, it's unfair to me. I have never used these devices to gain strength. I guess the right thing would be blood-test fighters like it happens on the Olympic Games, and not a urine test, since it's easier to find those illegal substances. We want to know who really the best one is. It's not good being the best liar. Being a fake champion and doing many drugs, that's not a champion."
"I can say clearly I'm a champ and I never used illegal stratagems to get there. I'm pro harder tests to evaluate if someone did drugs. It must be a clean sport and this surprise tests should happen more often. If Overeem is more aggressive and strong he will handle better my coups and it's complicated for me. In case I lose, it's unfair. He won't have fought better than me, he will have fought on drugs.”
The UFC Heavyweight Champ also questions the validity of Overeem's past accomplishments with the issues he's faced in his two fights in the UFC thus far.
"I guess it's curious he won three belts and never got caught on a steroid use test and on his second UFC fight he gets caught," dos Santos said. "He would be a great challenge to me, but my greatest challenge was defeating Cain to get the title. He is the one who would present most danger to me. Overeem would also be a good challenge, but not the biggest one. He lacks conditioning and speed. He scared off new guys, but who knows the fighter he is no he wouldn't be the toughest guy I've fought. We always say our next challenge is the biggest one even so we get better prepared, but I don't believe Overeem would be mine."
Penick's Analysis: JDS has valid concerns when it comes to this situation, especially if Overeem is approved for a license with a TRT defense for his elevated T/E ratio. The talking point about TRT being a legal treatment continues to mask the fact that for athletes using the treatment, there may be other options outside of straight testosterone, not to mention the fact that it's not often being diagnosed through any rigorous process to make it acceptable for athletes and governing bodies. This is a really interesting situation that the NSAC and the UFC find themselves in here, and the Champ isn't supportive right now of what's going on with this Overeem mess.
[Junior dos Santos art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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