When Alistair Overeem recently failed a drug test -- to the surprise of roughly no one -- it ended up having serious ramifications on UFC 146, not least of which affected one of our own Bay Area MMA fighters. With Overeem testing positive for "all of the steroids" (unofficially), that means his title fight against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos is off. Needing a challenger, UFC moved Frank Mir (yes, that Frank Mir) up to the main event against Dos Santos and told San Jose fighter and Salinas native (Salas represent!) Cain Velasquez he would now be fighting Antonio Silva. That's not the funny part, though.
No, the funny part comes from this tweet by Mike Chiappetta of MMA Fighting and NBC Sports:
Keith Kizer says Overeem initially sped out of building when faced with random test. UFC tracked him down short time later.— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) April 24, 2012
It's no secret to anyone paying attention to MMA that Overeem's move up to the heavyweight division was met with a plethora of raised eyebrows and a flurry of knowing chuckles. It was likely only a matter of time before he got popped. He did everything short of giving himself the nickname "Muscle Shark 2" to ensure that would be an inevitability.
So after making Brock Lesnar's liver explode and positioning himself for a title fight, he had to know there was a drug test coming down the pike, right? I mean, it's sort of part and parcel with the whole "professional fighter" thing. So it's an unbelievably hilarious image to picture this massive human walking into the place, hearing there's a random drug test, coming to the quick realization that his body was stuffed to the gills with every hormone, elixir and compound known to man and horse and hauling ass out of the building as fast as his massive, swollen legs could carry him.
I also get a kick out of the throwaway "UFC tracked him down," because it makes me imagine Dana White following a trail of deca-durabolin while holding an oversized magnifying glass. Which is awesome.