There’s plenty going on in the world of MMA to kick off your Tuesday, but don’t worry, the roundup is here to keep you looped in. We’ve got the return of Alistair Overeem, Ben Askren talks about Bellator’s drug testing program, and apparently Nick Diaz is starting his own fight promotion? Plus a sweet fight announcement for the UFC’s Fox Sports 1 debut. Here are the stories:
• Overeem is expected to return to action at UFC 164, and Travis Browne is being kicked around as a potential opponent. Despite his lackluster performance against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Overeem has one of the best skill sets in the heavyweight division and is a dangerous opponent for anyone. Hopefully we’ll see him come back with a new sense of urgency and motivation.
• According to the California State Athletic Commission, Diaz has applied for a promoter’s license, and he apparently already has a website up to get the ball rolling on his new brand. As far as I know, Diaz has never shown any interest in promotion up until this point, but more opportunities for fighters to earn a living is always a good thing.
• Bellator welterweight champion Askren says he’s only been drug tested one time in his stint with the promotion. This is a pretty shocking revelation and I’m surprised a show of Bellator’s size is approaching the issue in such a haphazard way. In light of all the other negative press surrounding Bellator these days, it might be time for the promotion to take a hard look at their business practices and do some housekeeping.
• Joe Lauzon vs Michael Johnson has been added to the Fox Sports 1 card in Boston. Lauzon has a knack for always being in great fights and he will no doubt be motivated to perform in front of a home town crowd. These two will almost surely do their part to get UFC on FS1 off to an exciting start.