With the holiday weekend behind us and my recent stint of inactivity on BJPENN.COM (I apologize) I have yet to inform our readers about the latest and greatest happenings in the MMA world surrounding the aftermath of Alistair Overeem’s failed drug screening.
With Overeem’s scheduled bout with Junior dos Santos now in jeopardy fans and fighters have been putting in their two-cents about who should replace Alistair if removed.
On the top of the list, Frank Mir seemed like the logical choice. Especially when you consider his statements following last week’s announcement proclaiming he would fill the UFC 146 main event void.
However, Alistair Overeem has not yet been removed from the card. He has a scheduled hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 24 to address the charges brought against him and see if he is eligible for licensure.
UFC president Dana White came out recently through fielding twitter questions from fans and stated that Mir vs. Velasquez is still a go and that fight will go on as planned.
So, at least it would seem for now, Frank Mir vs. Junior dos Santos will not serve as the new UFC 146 main event.
With Mir off the table as a replacement opponent, it opens up a wide range of possibilities.
I am sure by this point in time you have all heard of the campaign for Mark Hunt. Riding high on a three-fight win streak over formidable opposition, Mark Hunt has become the fan favorite to fill the possible void left by Alistair Overeem.
The UFC has remained silent on the issue, more than likely because they will wait and see what the NSAC decides to do with Overeem.
We will continue to cover this story and we will do it more in-depth over the next few days, but this is your update from events passed that happened while I was away on Holiday.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX