Morning Report: Alistair Overeem Unveils His Excuse, Rampage Jackson Drops In On Manny Pacquiao

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Without sugar-coating anything, we just waited three weeks to hear Alistair Overeem pull out the generic ‘I totally didn't know banned substances were in my medication' defense. I'll admit, after the whole "reasonable excuse" spiel, this is a little anticlimactic.

Regardless, Overeem was remorseful in his statement, and everybody has the right to innocence until proven guilty, so let's buck the perception and play devil's advocate for a second. Let's say Overeem actually did take this testosterone-riddled medication, unaware it was buffing up his levels like the ooze from TMNT 2. He still knows he's going to be randomly drug tested. He agreed to that caveat last year.

Let's also assume Overeem, like most humans, is a money enthusiast. So he knows one slip-up could royally screw the biggest payday of his career.

Now, given these particular set of circumstances, why wouldn't he report any mysterious medication he was considering putting in his body to the UFC? I'm sure they'd help him out. Have one of his assistants do it if he's feeling a little lazy. Why take the chance? It just doesn't make sense.

But hey, that's just my own speculation. We'll see what Overeem says in a few hours.

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MEDIA STEW

On a shortlist of people you'd expect to pop up in a foreign report about Manny Pacquiao's training camp, where exactly would mixed martial arts superstar and hollywood actor Quinton "Rampage" Jackson rank? (Also, there's a report with Rampage fake ground 'n' pounding the Filipino fans, if you're interested.)

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So apparently Bob Sapp is a sneaky little tyke who fought in Slovenia on Sunday. $100 bucks says you couldn't guess what happens next. (HT: Cagepotato)

For bonus Bob Sapp fun, we turn to the hilarity of Wikipedia. (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Sonnen-Sllva II is mess a right now, but if you were at all down on Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, NickTheFace is here to save the day.

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How awesome was that? Well, there's no such thing as too much of the Axe Murderer, so here's a rundown of what to expect from his first video blog: 1.) Wanderlei referring to himself as "The Silva," which is pretty amazing, 2.) Wanderlei looking back at his legacy, and 3.) Wanderlei outlining the exact way he's going to knock out Vitor Belfort, right down to the spot Belfort is going to drop.

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POST-FIGHT INJURY UPDATE

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SERIOUSLY GUYS?

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Monday, April 23, 2012):

- UFC 146: Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6) vs. Roy Nelson (16-7)

- UFC 146: Shane del Rosario (11-0) vs. Stipe Miotic (8-0)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day is a question that Nick Diaz would appreciate, via BE's LYHL: "Look At His Face and Look At Mine" - The Importance of Post-Fight Physical Appearances?

The Hominick-Yagin fight this past Saturday went down, and the outcome gave me some thoughts. I'd like to share them with you lot and see what you lot think.

In my opinion, the fighter who looked worse off at the end of the fight was Yagin. Although Hominick's eye was swollen, the entirety of Yagin's face was masked with blood. This immediately made me think of Diego Nunes' post-Siver fight comments: "look at his face and look at mine", insinuating that he should have been victorious in that fight.

However, should post-fight visual appearances be a more determinative factor in a fight?

Realism: Perhaps it can be argued that visual appearances represent the 'real' outcome of the fight. In most street fights, the victor and loser is often determined (providing one participant is not unconscious) by the visual state of the combatants at the end of the fight. Using a simple analogy, the loser in most playground fights is the one who walks away with a broken nose. Should MMA, the closest sport that we have to an uncontrolled fight be any different?

Found something perfect for the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in tomorrow's post.

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