By Jonathan Solomon
Yesterday, news broke that Alistair Overeem suffered an injury and withdrew from UFC 160 in May where he was to fight Junior dos Santos.
While there was support from fans for Mark Hunt, and he said he would accept the opportunity, to step up on short notice and fight the former heavyweight champion, that is not the path the promotion has decided to take. Instead, UFC president Dana White has tweeted that the original JDS vs. Overeem fight will be moved to this summer.
Alistair said he “caught a slight tear in my quad muscle,” and that’s the reason he’s off the Memorial Day weekend show.
Junior (15-2) has been out of action since he suffered his first loss inside the octagon at UFC 155 last year, when he was beaten by Cain Velasquez. Overeem (36-12, 1 NC) fought at UFC 156 last month and was knocked out by Antonio Silva in what was his first fight off of a suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for elevated testosterone levels.
UFC 160 on May 25 will feature heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending the gold against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a rematch of their bout last spring which saw Cain win by TKO. Other fights confirmed include Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader, Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons, Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant, Jeremy Stephens vs. Esteven Payan, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo, Gunnar Nelson vs. Mike Pyle, Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson and Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker.
Assuming Overeem’s injury heals in a timely manner, the fight, expected to determine the next title contender, may be added to UFC 163. The show nor a location has not been confirmed yet, but a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis has been linked to an August 3 date.
UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman may be a possibility on July 6 in Las Vegas because it is currently lacking a co-main event fight. Aside from the middleweight title fight in the main event, three fights aligned for then include Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie, TIm Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz and Feijao Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva.
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