Late Saturday night we reported on rumors circulating backstage at UFC 140 that Alistair Overeem might be pulled from the UFC 141 card on December 30. Overeem is set to face Brock Lesnar on the main event of that card, a bout that the UFC put almost all of the marketing into on their initial UFC on Fox effort.
The rumor at the time was that Alistair Overeem may be running into an issue with Nevada because of something involving his pre-fight drug test. That doesn't necessarily mean a failure of the test and could be any of a number of things.
Dave Meltzer gave his update on the situation in yesterday's Wrestling Observer update:
This will likely be cleared up on Monday as Overeem is scheduled to apply for his license before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Usually fighters licenses are rubber stamped unless there is an extenuating circumstance. People have noted Overeem, Keith Jardine and Vladimir Matyushenko all have license hearings on Monday, but in the case of the latter two, it is standard procedure for fighters over 35 to take more extensive medical tests and the process for granting the license isn't rubber stamped. Overeem's name on the list means there is a reason he needs to be there that is not specified, and Overeem is not over 35 years old.
Dana White denied Overeem was injured when asked and also that anything has changed regarding the fight. There is nothing going around about an injury that we've heard to begin with. Overeem left Las Vegas, where he had been training, to return to Holland. He said in his yahoo.com blog that it was because his mother had cancer. Regarding a steroid test, we've been able to confirm that Lesnar was asked to take a test a few weeks back and did. It is usual practice in Nevada if they are going to do a random unannounced pre-fight test of a major main event, they will test both fighters.
Several major MMA reporters including Kevin Iole and Josh Gross have hinted something is amiss and there were strong rumors last night that Mir would face Lesnar, even though White denied them. If it regards a pending hearing that hasn't happened, while behind the scenes White would no doubt be preparing for any outcome, he has to publicly say the fight is on, because right now, the fight is on. Mir said he was willing to take the fight.
Asking around to get more information has gotten me such a wild range of responses, and given the involvement of state drug testing I'd rather not get into posting rumors here unless I'm more certain of what is going on. And again, all this might amount to nothing and the commission might just simply say "license granted" and that'll be that.
The meeting is set for 5 p.m. ET today and we will have updates as it happens, so stay tuned.