Other than professing his own aversion to using banned substances, UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos has remained relatively quiet in the wake of last week’s news surrounding #1 contender Alistair Overeem’s failed drug test. However, with talk heating up that Overeem may be allowed to fight “Cigano” at UFC 146 due to a technicality, the heavy-handed Brazilian has since spoken up and isn’t thrilled about the notion of taking on someone in his adversary’s position.
“If the athletic commission and the UFC want I’ll fight him. I am a fighter and will be there to fight, but it is sure to be a disrespect to MMA and how serious this sport is,” said Dos Santos in an interview with Globo. “This will also be unfair to me. I’ve never used these devices to gain strength.”
“We want to know who the best is, really. Not who’s the best liar. Being a world champion making false use of a lot of drugs – that’s not being a champion. I can clearly say that I am the champion without ever having the use of any illegal substances in order to get there,” he continued. “If Overeem is more aggressive and stronger, the more he will resist blows and it will be difficult for me. If I lose, it will be unfair. He will not have fought better than I have if he fought doped.”
Many feel Overeem may be able to avoid any discipline pertaining to having shown more than twice the allowable testosterone in his system based on the fact he wasn’t actually licensed by the NSAC when screened. As such, his team is expected to argue he is undergoing TRT treatment (testosterone replacement therapy) and was simply spiking after a recent session as opposed to exceeding the mandated level in the days leading up to the actual bout.
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