So earlier today we posted the news that M-1 Global today put out a press release claiming that they are now actively seeking Alistair Overeem as Fedor Emelianenko’s next opponent.
Sounds to good to be true right?
I said in the article that there were likely to be a few twists and turns in this tale and just a few hours later it seems that I’ve been proven right.
Here’s Sports Illustrated reporter Josh Gross with the scoop on twitter.
“Overeem-Fedor talk will be interesting. M-1 is asking for Olympic style drug testing. Overeem’s camp says no, athletic comm. testing enough.
So as usual M-1 Global have managed to throw a spanner in the works. Great job guys!
It never ceases to amaze me how this outfit works. After witnessing the horrible publicity that has surrounded boxing lately due to Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao’s back and forth battle over the drug testing issue, M-1 Global have now decided to drag MMA kicking and screaming into the same cesspool.
There’s no doubt that rumors have been rife regarding Overeem’s alleged steroid use over the years, though that reduced considerably after Overeem came back to the US to fight Brett Rogers and passed a drugs test.
M-1 Global have harbored a grudge with Overeem for some time though and it seems they are not willing to let the matter rest. This is somewhat ironic given that they are also keen to have Fedor fight Josh Barnett even though he has tested positive for steroids on three separate occasions, including once prior to a fight with the Russian in 2009 which caused the fight to be canceled.
Still, you have to have a certain grudging admiration for M-1 Global’s single-minded persistence in trying to manipulate every possible situation they can to suit their own agenda while simultaneously pissing everybody off and continuing to erode any last ounce of credibility they have in the sport.