Overeem: I looked Dana White in the eyes and apologized

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Alistair Overeem recently was interviewed on ESPN 1100 about the failed drug test that led to his removal from the all heavyweight UFC 146, and a nine month suspension. When it initially happened, Overeem did not directly apologize to UFC President Dana White, but when he eventually did, things turned around.

“I never really dealt with Dana,” said Overeem. “Just hello and goodbye, we never really spoke really. Of course there’s a respect from my side and his side, a mutual respect but when this happened, the show has to go on. The show didn’t go on and I took responsibility for it but we didn’t speak.

“I was in Vegas, I was in a meeting at the UFC headquarters and I actually took the time to wait for him to finish with his business. I stepped into his office and took responsibility and I said it was my fault. I think for him hearing that directly out of my mouth and by looking each other in the eyes that was good, good for the relationship.

“That’s what I would like to hear if my employees messed up, I would like to hear directly from them. I just told him that I messed up, the show has to go on, it didn’t, I take responsibility, these are the steps that I’ve taken, these are the steps I’m going to take and he appreciated that.

“Immediately after I noticed a difference in his tone so I think that was the right thing to do.”