The UFC won’t be waiting around for Alistair Overeem to have his say in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission after president Dana White announced late Friday night that Overeem has been pulled from the main event, and Frank Mir will now face Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title. Mir was originally expected to face Cain Velasquez. White did not immediately reveal if Velasquez will receive a new opponent.
Dos Santos was set to face former Strikeforce champion Overeem in the main event, which takes place May 26th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, a recent pre-fight drug test that flagged Overeem for elevated levels of testosterone left his licensing status in doubt.
Overeem is scheduled to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday in an effort to gain licensure. His camp has yet to reveal exactly what their defense will be in front of the commission.