For a guy who isn't actually able to fight for the next six months, Alistair Overeem does a pretty good job staying in the headlines.
Yesterday, just days after he decided he would fight in December, Overeem launched on the offensive. It seems he's well aware of all the disparaging remarks circulating out there. So, completely unprovoked, the mammoth Dutchman dropped this little number on Twitter.
"I'm doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC," he announced. "And to let Junior (dos Santos) know I am a clean fighter."
Well, that's something, I guess. Even though critics will probably say taking a drug test on a day of your choosing doesn't really prove much. Except, of course, that you know how to pass your own personal drug test.
But regardless, Overeem seems determined to clear his name and chase the UFC belt that has thus far eluded him. So on that front, he left with an extra parting shot for the champ.
"I'm all natural Junior, and I am coming for you."
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The marketing train for UFC 147 may have been slightly underwhelming, but the Countdown series is still as high-quality as it gets. So go ahead and treat yourself to an easy work day (and brush up on the TUF Brazil finalists) with part 1 below, followed by part 2 and part 3.
I know it's hard, but try your best not to get jealous of Tito Ortiz while he shows off his absurdly nice house(s) in the UFC's latest edition of Fighter Cribs.
Even knowing the outcome, it's tough not to get nervous watching Wanderlei Silva's personal pre-UFC 139 footage, when a loss meant the end of an era for "The Ax Murderer."
S*** JUST GOT REAL
I'm doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada state athletic commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC.— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 20, 2012
And to let junior know I am a clean fighter, I'm all natural Junior.. and I am coming for you— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 20, 2012
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YEAH, HE LIKES SOAP OPERAS. TRY TO CALL HIM OUT ON IT.
@Sohail_H I'm tweeting about a new soap opera that I'm watching right now here in Brasil and let me tell you. It's a really good soap opera.— juniorcigano (@junior_cigano) June 20, 2012
Announced yesterday (Wednesday, June 20, 2012):
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day sees the appropriately named Sexytime offer a solution for Showtime's lingering problem: The Case For Cormier vs. Sylvia
Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Tim Sylvia fan. However, we have an interesting situation on our hands. Showtime is exercising their contractual obligations with Cormier and we will see him compete once more in the Hexagon.
There have been a number of names that have been floated around, ranging from current UFC Heavyweights like Shane Carwin to M-1 Global's own Fedor Emelianenko. I'd like to take a look at another interesting option for Zuffa to take. Here's a short list of reasons to look to none other than Tim Sylvia.
1. Gives Showtime a credible opponent for Cormier's plus one fight.
First and foremost, I think this match up solves one of the biggest riddles in Strikeforce; who do we put Cormier in there with for his infamous "plus one"? From all indications (and common sense) it seems that Showtime wants a credible opponent for their Grand Prix champion.
Tim Sylvia is a two time UFC Heavyweight champion and has won 7 out of his last 8 (lost to TUF 10 contestant Abe Wagner) since being shut off by Ray Mercer in 9 seconds. Unless they want to bring in Fedor or any of Fedor's recent opponents outside of North America then it's slim pickin's at best.
2. Low risk for Zuffa
Maybe the fan rally for Sylvia hasn't reached Mark Hunt status, but it still exists. Giving Sylvia a one off fight in Strikeforce is very benifical to Zuffa.
Either A: We see Sylvia look competitive (or even win) or B: He gets destroyed. Either way Zuffa is able to gauge where Sylvia is at this point in his career and if he is worth one more chance in the big show. Best of all for Zuffa, they can avoid sending one of their own for a one off fight with Cormier. If Sylvia fails to produce like Dana has implied he will, they will not be committed to Sylvia and can send him on his way if need be.
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