The UFC was expected to wait until Alistair Overeem appears before the Nevada State Athletic Commission this Tuesday to make their decision on the UFC 146 main event fight that he put in jeopardy.
Instead, the promotion announced over the weekend that Overeem has been pulled from his scheduled bout against Junior dos Santos and replaced by Frank Mir. White explained that the decision was made because he isn’t optimistic that Overeem’s hearing will go well and the UFC needs to start promoting the fight.
“We were right up on deadlines for a lot of things we needed to do to promote a pay-per-view and I’m not very optimistic on Tuesday,” White told MMAWeekly.
Even though White has admitted his extreme anger toward Overeem for jeopardizing a title fight by registering an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone level on a pre-fight drug test, the UFC boss didn’t rule out working with the hulking Dutchman in the future.
“I do business with Tito; I think I can do business with Alistair,” he said.
He also didn’t rule out releasing Overeem from his UFC contract.
“I don’t know,” he said when pressed on the possibility. “We’ll see what happens man.”
UFC 146 is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on May 26.