Alistair Overeem will have rendered all his achievements meaningless if he is discovered to have been using steroids, says fellow UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt.
Hunt appeared on The MMA Hour yesterday to comment on the remarkable campaign that began online as soon as it was announced that Overeem had failed a random urine test administered in March.
Supporters of #rallyforhunt are calling for the UFC to move Hunt in to face Junior Dos Santos if Overeem fails to convince the Nevada State Athletic Commission that there was a legitimate reason for his testosterone levels being so high when tested (he was 14:1, the upper limit is 6:1)
“Drugs in all sports is a big problem. It's a cutthroat business, people take this sh-t just to get by. I don't use that sh-t, but when Alistair takes that sh-t or whoever takes it they just screw themselves out. Like when Barnett screwed himself out of the fight with Fedor,” Hunt said.
“But who am I to judge anybody? I don't take that sh-t and no one else should. If they do, that's on them, Alistair is now in court, and everything that Alistair has done is meaningless now. At the end of the day he just got caught cheating, so what's the deal?
“I lost to him, so did he use that sh-t when I was fighting him? That's on him, he has to live with that sh-t not me. It's not my position to judge him, he has to look himself in the mirror.”
However Hunt, who has an infamously iron chin and has been stopped just once in his career despite taking blows from the best K-1 and MMA fighters in the world, conceded that it would probably take more than steroids to put him out for the count.
“At the end of the day, I don't give a crap who's taking what. The steroids are not going to help them when I hit them. Take as much as you like, I don't care,” he cracked.
Overeem will appear before NSAC on the 24th of this month. He will have to explain why his testosterone levels were so high and if he cannot convince the body that there is a legitimate reason, he will be license-denied for UFC 146.
He submitted two samples when the random drug test was administered, by surprise, at a press conference in Las Vegas last month. As yet he has not requested the B-sample be tested but he has registered a license-application. That suggests he is hopeful of convincing NSAC there is a good reason for the A-sample being so high.
The UFC has not made any announcements regarding the bout. Like the fans, they are waiting to see what April 24 will bring before they will know whether Overeem remains in the fight or not.