Alistair Overeem is stepping into UFC 209 five months removed from a heartbreaking title fight loss to Stipe Miocic, ready to get back on the winning trail against Mark Hunt, a man he already defeated back in 2008. But, unlike their first fight, there is a subtext hanging heavy over their rematch — Overeem's failed drug test in in 2012. Hunt is currently involved in a lawsuit against the UFC after his last four opponents failed their drug tests. Now Hunt's about to enter the Octagon with a man who has had years of steroid allegations before he tested positive.
Granted, the eyeball test paints a softer picture of Current Reem™, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a revenge fight for Hunt in more ways than one, and a redemption fight for Overeem.
And when it comes to doping, Overeem knows USADA is watching.
"I really believe the UFC brass made a decision to get rid of these drugs it's rampant, it's a mess... They got USADA onboard and they're stamping it out."
When we mentioned Mark Hunt's issues with dopers, Overeem kept it simple:
But if The Reem gets the win on Saturday, he'll move forward and back into title contention, and most of this (especially if he's clean), will be a footnote, not a headline.