Rumors recently surfaced regarding Alistair Overeem’s availability for his UFC 141 headliner against Brock Lesnar. Now, in light of a recent NSAC hearing, the public has an idea of how close the powerful Dutchman came to slipping up in his UFC debut and costing the company a major main event with less than a month left before the show takes place.
According to the NSAC, Overeem failed to submit “out of competition” drug testing when it was due in late November after having traveled home for the remainder of his camp to take care of his sick mother. Though “The Demolition Man” did send them a screening from his personal doctor in Holland, the NSAC rejected it based on their standards of testing and requested he do another but had not received the results yet.
As a result, Overeem participated in a phone call with NSAC officials yesterday where, under oath, he explained, “When I got the request to test myself, I took the test straight away. I went to the doctor, and he had me steroid tested. I went in for the results, which took ten days. When I finally got the results, I submitted them, and I thought that that should be sufficient for the commission. But after a couple of days, I received notice that it was not sufficient, and I needed to do more testing. So I went back to the doctor straight away and I had my second test done with the full parameters that was provided by the NSAC, and that was taken last Wednesday, December 7. The results of the test are due seven to ten days from 12/7, so I’m expecting them this week.”
Overeem also blamed his own ignorance on the differences in procedure when it came to requesting a drug test in Europe, which he claimed cannot be done by an individual athlete, while the NSAC directed responsibility at his personal assistant who hadn’t relayed the urgency to him in a proper manner.
Currently Overeem is licensed to fight in Nevada but could have his paperwork pulled based on the results of his test.
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MMATraining Take: I have to imagine that somewhere out there, behind a closed door, steam is shooting out of Dana White’s ears. Overeem has been linked to steroid use for a long time though without evidence to support the claims. However, based on the perception there’s absolutely no way this situation should have been allowed to occur. And, if Overeem does slip up or test dirty for some reason, it’s also left the UFC in a position where they have to replace a headlining star in less than two weeks. Bad stuff all around.