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UFC president Dana White spoke to the press regarding the decision to remove Heavyweight Alistair Overeem from the UFC 146 fight card and replace him with Frank Mir. Overeem had been set to challenge champion Junior dos Santos on May 26th in Las Vegas but he failed a surprise urine test in late March after a press conference.
That decision was announced on Friday via Dana White's twitter account.
"Anybody who knows anything about the pay-per-view business knows we're way past the deadline," White said per MMA Fighting. "We've got to run with it, and I wasn't feeling too optimistic."
Overeem will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, April 24th to make his case. He is not currently licensed to fight in Nevada and if they refuse to license him he will be unable to reapply for a set period, possibly a year.
"I have not and I will not (talk to Overeem about the drug test).
"I do business with Tito; I think I can do business with Alistair.
When asked if the statement about Tito Ortiz meant that Overeem was not in danger of being cut from the roster, White would only say, "I don't know. We'll see what happens man."
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