Last night we reported that Alistair Overeem had been forced to pull out of his fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 in May and it now looks like the bout will be pushed back to a later date.
When the news first broke fans began calling for Dos Santos to fight Mark Hunt instead, but while ‘The Super Samoan’ indicated he’d take the fight Dana White later revealed that they were keen to stick with the originally scheduled match-up.
“Not lookin good,” White wrote to a fan enquiring about a potential JDS Vs Hunt fight, before adding, “Cigano vs Overeem in the summer.”
Meanwhile, Overeem has revealed that a torn quad muscle was the reason he had to pull out of the fight in the first place.
“Injured!” Overeem said on Twitter. “Caught a slightly tear in my quad muscle so unfortunatly out of may 25’s UFC.Not happy to let you guys ‘the fans’ down!”
Dos Santos Vs Overeem is a good fight so I’m glad it’s still happening, but on the flipside it means that UFC 160 is going to lose it’s high profile co-main event pairing entirely.
It’s not the end of the world – the event will still be headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva, while Glover Teixiera Vs Ryan Bader could potentially move up to the co-main event spot, but unless they draft in another few notable names it’s not going to be quite as big as it was originally planned to be.