Junior Dos Santos Wants Alistair Overeem to Take a Blood Test

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  UFC World Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos is seen at UFC on Fox:  Live Heavyweight Championship at the Honda Center on November 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterJune 14, 2012

Junior dos Santos has been one of the more vocal critics of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of mixed martial arts. And if dos Santos defends his title against Alistair Overeem when Overeem returns from his suspension later this year, the fight will come with a special request: The champ wants the challenger to take a blood test.

Dos Santos went into detail while speaking to ESPN Brasil:

"I would like him to do a test—a blood test," dos Santos said of the 32-year-old Dutchman. "I think we both need to do that. I want a clean fight and he needs to prove he is not under any kind of substances.

"Using drugs is completely unnecessary, and I am the living proof," he said. "I’m the champion, and I never used any kind of forbidden substances. Fighting a guy that uses these kinds of drugs is completely unfair and useless. With or without any kind of authorization [for using testosterone], the fighter who uses those substances is never fighting with his own skills. He is enhancing his power with those drugs."

The thing is, Dos Santos can ask all he wants. But unless the athletic commission where the bout is taking place demands it, a blood test will not be a requirement. And the UFC isn't going to enforce it, either, because they're not going to make a special exception for any fighter on their roster, even if he's the heavyweight champion.

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