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Dana White admits he might cut Alistair Overeem

ESPN staff
April 25, 2012
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UFC president Dana White has left Alistair Overeem's UFC career in the balance, admitting he does not know if he wants to do business with the shamed heavyweight.

Overeem let White down when he had to pull out of the UFC 146 title fight with Junior Dos Santos due to a failed drug test. He now will not be able to compete until December, following a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing in which he was denied a licence to fight.

The explanation given by Overeem for his failed test was that he was prescribed anti-inflammatories by his doctor containing banned substances. The former Strikeforce man claims he did not know what the medication contained.

Clearly the explanation has cut little ice with White, though, who confessed there is a chance he will cut his association with Overeem over the coming months.

"I wasn't very optimistic about his chances at the hearing," White told The Jim Rome Show. "I didn't think things were going to turn out very well for him, as expected.

"Nine months? That's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought he'd get a year, easily a year.

"Here's the rules: If he was on anti-inflammatory meds and whatever the deal was, you're supposed to disclose that to the commission before you get any drug tests. Whatever medicine you're on, you're supposed to tell them before you test, not after you test.

"I'm not a fan. I'm not a fan at all. You're not going to hear me defending Alistair Overeem on your radio show. We'll see what happens.

"I know he lied to me. I don't like it. If they'll sit in front of you and lie to your face, I don't know, not the type of guys I want to do business with."

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