The web is abuzz with discussions relating to Alistair Overeem's recent failed drug test. The UFC heavyweight contender tested positive for elevated testosterone with the ratio of 14:1, 6:1 being the permitted level by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
The response from the general MMA community in light of Overeem's failed drug test is negative to say the least. However Overeem does have some support and according to Inside MMA, Michael Schiavello is one of them.
"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him?" Schiavello according to Inside MMA.
"And 'B,' everybody seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot actually on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time," Schiavello added.
Also on the Inside MMA panel were Josh Barnett and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, who stated that the random drug test was in preparation for Overeem's bout at UFC 146, addressing Schiavello's questioning of the jurisdiction in which the drug test was administered.
Lastly an aspect that was not mentioned on Inside MMA was the fact that Overeem was required to submit to a random drug test in the six months after UFC 141 as per the conditional license which he received just prior to UFC 141 in order to fight Brock Lesnar.
"I think people like to see an underdog in there. I wasn't even wanted in the UFC, put it that way. And here we are talking about me having a title shot. Two years ago you'd have laughed at the thought. I think people like to see a good Rocky story," Hunt said.
Hunt has turned his fortunes around as of late with a recent three fight win streak, last defeating Cheick Kongo via TKO at UFC 144. Not long ago, Hunt was reeling from a six fight losing streak that stretched from mid-2006 to late-2010.
Besides the Rocky-like story attached to Hunt's recent reemergence, MMA fans have pointed to favorable fighting style matchup between Hunt and dos Santos. Both are heavy handed strikers who can make for a barn burner of a fight.
"I match-up good against anyone, so of course I feel like I match-up good against (dos Santos). The people that think I don't have a chance against anybody on this planet, they are certainly mistaken. But it's good to be underestimated. I like to be the underdog. (People say) I don't have a chance. That's great, it gives me more drive, more fire," Hunt said.
For the time being Hunt is currently matchup with Stefan Struve and his title shot against dos Santos will be determined by a number of factors, one of which includes the outcome of Overeem's fight license bid with the NSAC.
"Honestly I don't give a damn if they're on drugs or not. I'll knock their head off. At the end of the day, those steroids ain't going to help them when I hit them," Hunt said.