Just a day before he steps in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alistair Overeem has released a statement regarding failing a recent NSAC drug test. Overeem was found to have an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone in his system. The level – 14 to 1 – was well over the legal limit for a fighter to test for.
In the statement, Overeem cited a rib injury needing attention as the reason for the elevated levels, and stating he did not know one of the ingredients in a medication he was prescribed contained testosterone, thus pushing his levels up.
UFC President Dana White mentioned the move was made due to a closing window in regards to pay-per-view promoting and tickets prior to Overeem’s appearance before NSAC. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champ would need the NSAC to license him to compete, a risk given his testosterone results.
Here is the complete statement courtesy of Authentic Sports Management, Overeem’s management team:
“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.”
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MMATraining Take: This is an interesting situation, and I believe the UFC will tread lightly. Of course, they would like to keep Overeem around, as he helps the heavyweight division and provides a great talent. However, if he is unable to receive his license, well, he is pretty much useless by the company. We should know more in the coming days and weeks in regards to his status with the UFC.