The Biggest Loser Of The Overeem Fiasco? No question, Cain Velasquez.
Earlier this week former heavyweight title contender, Alistair Overeem was officially denied a license to fight in the state of Nevada due to a failed random drug test. Before that though, UFC president Dana White removed him from the main event of UFC 146 against champ Junior Dos Santos. Replacing Overeem is Frank Mir, (who was slated to face Cain Velasquez) a former heavyweight champion himself; Mir was the logical choice to replace the Dutchman in the title fight. The failed test, and subsequent replacement of Overeem shook up the whole card. Now leaving former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez with a not so enticing opponent, Antonio “big foot” Silva.
No disrespect to “Bigfoot”, he is a credible heavyweight with some wins over some impressive names like Fedor, and former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Unfortunately those men had seen better days when these fights occurred, the fact that few know if either of these guys will fight again shows their relevance in the sport today. Silva is also coming off a loss to an inexperienced Daniel Cormier, a teammate of Velasquez’s, and a fighter with the same style as the former champ. So many fans expect for the same result.
The fact that Velasquez took this fight shows how game he is, and he could have easily turned down the fight and waited for a higher caliber opponent; as he’s in a tricky spot heading into the fight. He is really in a no win situation, as he went from fighting a top 3 fighter, to a debatable top 10 guy. Velasquez is on the road to a rematch for the title and a win over Frank Mir would have all but assured another title shot for the first ever-Mexican born heavyweight champion; and a loss would not be so devastating. Now he’s faced with two possibilities; win as expected and no one raises an eyebrow, or lose to lower caliber fighter than him and be completely derailed on his quest for another championship opportunity. That’s why when people ask who lost the most by Alistair Overeem’s failed drug test? The answer isn’t Overeem or the UFC, it’s Cain Velasquez.