Will Alistair Overeem rule or bring down the UFC?

by Dave Meltzer | source: grantland.com

Performance-enhancing drugs are a huge topic in MMA. Top trainers will tell you that there are plenty of clean fighters, but usage in the sport is widespread. It's readily accepted that the current testing procedures — in which most fighters are only tested on the day of their fights — are far too easy to beat. The ones who get caught are either lacking in sophistication or double-crossed by their bodies, which can emit a positive result even when the drug is supposed to have already cleared their system.

But in a culture where cheating is assumed to be widespread, two names are whispered about the most. The first is top female fighter Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. No one was shocked when Santos, who is more muscular than all but a few of the male fighters, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol after her December 17 win over Hiroko Yamanaka in San Diego. She was stripped of her women's world featherweight championship and suspended for one year.

The second, of course, is Overeem.

"If the fight happens, I will fight with pleasure," dos Santos told Globo.com recently in Brazil. "The ratio of testosterone in his body may increase by 30% his strength and aggressiveness, I was told by people who know the subject. It will really be an unfair fight, but as a fighter, I will be ready to face anyone.

Of course, dos Santos is right: Facing someone in MMA on steroids is very different than in other sports. It's one thing when using performance enhancers helps you lift more weights, run faster, or a hit a home run that would otherwise be a fly ball caught in deep center. It's another when it enables a fist to hit a face with far greater power and more easily knock an opponent unconscious. And that's why, if Overeem is allowed to fight, as so many have speculated inside the industry, the biggest black eye won't be on dos Santos, but on the sport itself.

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Toquinho site profile image  

4/20/12 1:15 PM by Toquinho

Stonepony = pony..Mom of pony = horse.. Ubereem eats horse..Ubereem eats stonepony's mom.

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4/20/12 9:43 AM by flipmode

stonepony - "Alistair won't even have much advantage striking" that is too good.

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4/20/12 9:42 AM by flipmode

just got absolutely smashed.

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4/20/12 9:37 AM by flipmode

but seriously... stonepony you are fucking dumb.

George Hill site profile image  

4/20/12 4:30 AM by George Hill

2007 = 2242010 = 262= 2 pounds of muscle per year

Toquinho site profile image  

4/20/12 3:00 AM by Toquinho

^^^ good post cw!And if stonepony is only fighter bashing, wtf isnt he banned, well .. He can stay for entertainment purposes hahah wat a dork. Btw CW, What people aldo dont realise is that Overeem used to cut from 220-225 to 205 when competing at lhw. Now at HW he is 260 without cutting. As he was and is shredded that more or less means he added 35 pounds in 15 years which is avg of just over 2 pounds of muscle a year. Also he didnt train weoght to keep size down at lhw and didnt eat 10x a day. Not saying he nver used but 2 pounds a year is not crazy.

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4/19/12 11:37 PM by gorillagrappling

This will only be a "black eye" if the media keep erroneously reporting on it. If he's allowed to fight and wins, the media will be the cause of any downfalling that may follow. On the other hand, they can stop it with the drama and tell the story factually and people will applaud the process and the system for having worked.

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4/19/12 11:02 PM by catch waves

Overeem was never built like Brandon Vera - he was a ripped and shredded looking guy even in his debut back in 1999. Being shredded does not instantly equal steroid abuse. Some of the biggest steroid users have very average builds take Barnett for example testing positive 3 times. Have a read through this list of people and take a good look at the photos - many of the people who have been caught are far from special. http://www.cagepotato.com/mma-steroid-busts-definitive-timeline/ If the fight goes ahead he'll be 32 when he steps into the cage against Dos Santos with 62 professional fights under his belt over a 13 year period including countless wars and 9 losses by KO. Who the fuck are you to say whether or not he requires TRT? Are you his doctor? At 32 with so many fights and so much damage under his belt its quite possible that his test levels could indeed be dropping off. Or maybe he needs TRT because of previous years of steroid abuse? We just dont know for sure. What we do know is that steroid use in MMA is prolific and your attempt to use Overeem as a scapegoat while supporting other fighters who have been caught is pathetic. A lot of you seem to have no issue with guys like Bonnar, Sonnen, Vitor and Barnett yet people wanna make a lot of noise about Alistair failing a ratio test without failing for any particular substance and without even waiting for him to have a chance to explain. You won't get rid of PEDs in MMA. So long as Alistairs test levels are normal come fight night when he gets in the cage with Dos Santos that is good enough for me. Steroids or not it doesnt matter how hard you trained if you eat a clean JDS uppercut or a big knee from The Reem you're going to sleep. It's going to be Alistairs kickboxing vs Dos Santos boxing skills that decide this fight on the night - not steroids.

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4/19/12 10:50 PM by Jesus Quintana

He already has been a champ of both strikeforce and K-1. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people with the mental fortitude to be champ who are also on PEDs.

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4/19/12 10:36 PM by stonepony

Fair enough... But it's still ridiculous to compare the situations or to talk about gray areas. Sonnen volunteered the info, before he was tested. He had the TRT prescription, but failed in the red tape. Overoids has clearly been roiding his brains out for the last couple years. If Sonnen had packed on 50lbs of muscle and dropped all his fat, I'd say throw him out of the sport. The situations have nothing in common.