Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.

Alistair Overeem Breaks His Silence; Dana White unsure of whether “Reem” will be cut

Alistair Overeem laid the rumors to rest about the reasons for his failed drug test, saying that a prescribed medication meant to heal a rib injury was the culprit to blame for the abnormally high T/E ratio of 14:1 for which he tested after a UFC 146 press conference.

Overeem spoke more on the issue after staying in the shadows for almost a full month:

“I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.

Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.

I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.”

UFC president Dana White explained his own position to members of the media after UFC 145 this weekend:

“I’m still angry. I’m not angry at the commission; the commission is doing their job. That’s what they do. I sat down in a room with Alistair and he told me ‘They can test me anytime they want; I’m the most tested athlete in all of sports.’ We’ll see what happens, I don’t know (if he’ll be cut). This isn’t really my deal. I have not (talked to him personally) and I will not. When an athletic commission, whether it’s Nevada or New Jersey or whoever it is, suspends somebody or does whatever, denies them a license, we follow. We ran towards regulation, we want to be regulated.”

Whether White chooses to cut Overeem after the hearing’s final results remains to be seen until Overeem faces the Nevada State Athletic Commission tomorrow.

UFC 145 brings in $2.3 million at gate

On the heels of a memorable UFC 145 fight card, the official figures suggest a successful event with a gate of $2.3 million and a total attendance of 15,545 in Atlanta’s Phillips Arena. On this night, Eddie Yagin and Mark Hominick split a “Fight of The Night” bonus, while Travis Browne took home “Submission of The Night” with his victory over Chad Griggs and Ben Rothwell scored a “Knockout of The Night” winner against Brendan Schaub. Also, Jon Jones retained his UFC light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans and Rory MacDonald scored a dominating win over Che Mills in the main and co-main event of the evening.

Source: MMA Weekly

K-1 Rising Card to feature the returning Badr Hari, Mirko Cro Cop, and others

In addition to the 16 men announced for the K-1 World MAX “Final 16″ 70kg tournament, many familiar names in the kickboxing realm have been scheduled to compete on the night of this tournament, including It’s Showtime whavyweight champion Daniel Ghita, K-1 and kickboxing legend “Golden Boy” Badr Hari, and one of the greatest fighters in the history of combat sports in Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

The full card is as follows:

Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
Andy Souwer vs. Abraham Roqueni
Artur Kyshenko vs. Su Hwan Lee
Xu Yan vs. Yasuhiro Kido
Gago Drago vs. Andy Ristie
Yuji Nashiro vs. Reese McCallister
Harut Grigorian vs. Murthel Groenhart
Longern Superpro Samui vs. Chris Ngimbi
Mosab Amrani vs. Zeben Diaz
Badr Hari vs. Anderson “Braddock” Silva
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge
Daniel Ghita vs. Paul Slowinski
Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergii Lashchenk

Photo: Alistair Overeem (Rob Tatum/Bleacher Report)

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.