Alistair Overeem had his hearing with the NSAC yesterday, and he is now suspended for 9 months as penalty for failing a drug test. His expected fight for the UFC HW title against Junior Dos Santos is obviously not going to happen now, which is a huge blow to that card. In his place, Frank Mir will step up to face JDS. Mir was originally slated to fight Cain Velasquez, who will now take on Antonio Big Foot Silva.
Actually, a nine month suspension is not really all that harsh a punishment. It basically means forfeiting one fight--albeit a title fight--but it allows for the possibility that Overeem could fight on a UFC year end card.
Overeem's excuse for the high testosterone levels was that his doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication for a rib injury, and unbeknownst to Alistair the med contained testosterone. That story did not really go over that well with the NSAC, and it does sound a bit far fetched.
Either way, it scuttles one of the most anticipated fights in years. The UFC suffers as a result, and so do the fans. But the biggest loser in all this is Alistair Overeem. He loses a big payday, and all his past wins are now tainted.
PEDs are a big problem for the UFC, and things only seem to be getting worse. There are no easy solutions, but the commissions and the UFC need to work together to keep illegal drugs out of the bodies of fighters. Drugs may help athletes perform better, but until they are legalized they are making the sport quite sick.