UFC President Dana White was very public about his displeasure with Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem after the Reem failed a surprise urine test and had to bow out of the UFC 146 main event against champion Junior dos Santos.
"I never really dealt with Dana. Just hello and goodbye, we never really spoke really. Of course there's a respect from my side and his side, a mutual respect but when this happened, the show has to go on. The show didn't go on and I took responsibility for it but we didn't speak.
I was in Vegas, I was in a meeting at the UFC headquarters and I actually took the time to wait for him to finish with his business. I stepped into his office and took responsibility and I said it was my fault. I think for him hearing that directly out of my mouth and by looking each other in the eyes that was good, good for the relationship. That's what I would like to hear if my employees messed up, I would like to hear directly from them.
I just told him that I messed up, the show has to go on, it didn't, I take responsibility, these are the steps that I've taken, these are the steps I'm going to take and he appreciated that. Immediately after I noticed a difference in his tone so I think that was the right thing to do."
Transcription by MMA Mania.
Overeem is now booked to face Antonio Silva at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar on Super Bowl weekend in 2013. He is still unlicensed to fight in Nevada but can re-apply for a license in December. The NSAC has approved the UFC to promote Reem vs. Big Foot, indicating that they expect to be able to license him.