An injury during training has forced Alistair Overeem out of UFC 160 against Junior dos Santos.
For the second time, Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos is off the table.
MMAFighting first reported on Wednesday that Overeem suffered an undisclosed injury during training that will sideline the former K-1 and Strikeforce heavyweight champion for four to five weeks.
Overeem and dos Santos were originally scheduled to meet in the UFC 146 main event on May 26, 2012, but Overeem tested positive for an high ratio of epistestosterone to testosterone during a pre-fight drug screening, resulting in the Nevada State Athletic Commission refusing to grant him a license for a period of nine months. Former champion Frank Mir replaced Overeem against dos Santos.
Overeem returned at UFC 156 against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and was promised a title shot if he won. Silva pulled off the upset in a come-from-behind knockout of Overeem in the opening moments of the final round.
Following the fight, it was revealed that Overeem passed his mandatory drug test, but in a strange turn of events, the tests showed lower than normal testosterone levels.
The UFC 160 bout was made possible because dos Santos was defeated by Cain Velasquez in the UFC 155 main event on Dec. 29, 2012, losing the heavyweight title.
Fans will now have to wait even longer for the anticipated Overeem vs. dos Santos match.
It’s unclear whether the UFC will push back the bout to a later date or replace Overeem. An announcement is expected in the coming days.