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Alistair Overeem Gives His Side Of The Story

Dos Santos Overeem staredownAlistair Overeem has finally broken his silence on his high TRT test. Hours before his hearing before the NSAC on April 24, Overeem has released a statement in which he admits guilt but also makes an interesting statement regarding his UFC 146 fight cancellation.

I have been an Overeem fan for years but he is really threading a fine needle with this one. Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone back in March at a surprise testing. Overeem has a hearing before the NSAC on April 24 to address this and get licensed. Overeem has remained mum until now as to what his excuse or reasoning was for the high test.

Unfortunately the UFC had enough waiting and went ahead and announced over the weekend that Overeem was being replaced by Frank Mir at UFC 146 regardless of the result of the hearing. UFC president Dana White certainly gave the impression over the weekend that it was the UFC that pulled Overeem from the fight. Overeem says different.

Here is the statement straight from the mouth of the Demolition Man himself.

To my friends and fans,

I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.

I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.

I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.

Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.

I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep
the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.

Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”

There are a few points that need to be made here. The first being that Overeem claims he withdrew from the fight. The UFC received a lot of negative flack for changing the fight before the hearing. If that was the case, I’d have to believe that the UFC would have immediately made the fans aware of this. I (like many) are looking forward to hear what the UFC president has to say about this one.

Two, the “I didn’t know what was in the medicine” defense has never won in an athletic commission hearing. It is the responsibility of the fighter to know everything he or she is taking and whether or not it will get them into trouble. This goes especially a fighter that is subjected to random drug tests and is a little over month away from the biggest fight of his career.

I have heard many question Overeem’s judgment to elevate his testosterone knowing that he was subject to random testing. If Overeem is telling the truth, that would explain why he so brazenly showed up in Las Vegas with elevated levels of testosterone, knowing he could and probably would be tested. I am not saying it is right, but it would explain it.

Regardless, the hearing on April 24 will dictate where Overeem goes from here. It is highly unlikely that he would walk away with anything other than a year’s suspension. However, strange things have happened and maybe he leaves with a six-month suspension. If so, that would keep Overeem idle until October. My hunch is that Overeem would fight the Dos Santos vs. Mir winner if that is the case. If the former Strikeforce champion sits a year, I think he has a long way to go before he gets back into the championship picture.

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