Recap: Sonnen, Overeem and TRT
By Edward Fernandez:
Let’s recap what’s going on. Jon Jones won, he’s going to fight Dan Henderson, an age appropriate TRT user. Should be an interesting fight if Hendo can find his range. Alistair Overeem is out. Dana White says that he is surprised that they gave him such a mild suspension of 9 months. I frankly am a little surprised too since his defense was… what’s the word, lacking polish?
But all the best for Overeem’s replacement, Frank Mir, good luck. There is no longer a high percentage chance of an epic standup war with JDS, but I suppose I’ll pray that you get a takedown or two, just for fairness. On the flip side, hopefully Overeem keeps his job with the UFC because I want to see someone get head kicked in the heavyweight division. Plus he’s just scary, especially with all that juice.
Chael Sonnen. That’s all I have to say. Chael Sonnen. He got his title fight with “The Spider” moved from Brazil to Vegas. Mostly due to UFC scheduling conflicts with the United Nations meeting. But I would assume it was also because Sonnen was probably going to get assassination attempts, and there isn’t enough security available to save his soul. He’s much safer in Vegas. At least from the fans.
Sonnen says his fight with Anderson Silva will be “easy”. But first he has to get his TRT therapeutic exemption approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Should be fine. Hopefully he has a better doctor than Overeem has, or else we’re going to see another card get “changed”.
I’m actually more excited for Sonnen-Silva more than Mir-JDS, even though the summer of “The Spider” seems so far away. There’s just something wonderful about watching a rematch with a sh*t storm of synthetic testosterone in the cage and knowing the most dangerous fighter on the planet hates that guy’s guts.
There is a lot on the line for fighters and the UFC now that the commissions are starting to crack down on TRT and steroids. If Sonnen gets tested before the fight and fails because he is over the allowed ratio, then we could be deprived of the biggest rematch in UFC history. Even scarier, if Sonnen beats Silva and tests outside the limits afterwards… What would that mean for the UFC?