Those were not the words of an excited fan after the NSAC announced Alistair Overeem had passed his pre-fight drug test and would be cleared for his headlining bout against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. Rather, the giddy party in question was none other than UFC President Dana White via Twitter who likely lost more than a few hours’ of sleep over the possibility of his main event falling apart in the wake of last week.
Overeem was granted a conditional license after missing a deadline for pre-fight testing due to the differences between submitting a sample in Holland (where he’s training) and Nevada (where the fight is taking place). The agreement required “The Demolition Man” to travel to England to get a new test done which he did and has now passed.
“The urine sample submitted by Mr. Overeem in the U.K. on 12/14 came back negative for all prohibited substances,” wrote NSAC head Keith Kizer in an email to media.
Overeem will still have to submit two urine samples in the six month period following their December 30 fight as part of the license’s conditions.
Lesnar-Overeem will serve to determine the next contender in the heavyweight division. Both men have held titles before with Lesnar’s championship run coming under the UFC banner while Overeem’s took place in DREAM, Strikeforce, and K-1.
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MMATraining Take: Step one, complete. I’m happy for the UFC and especially for Overeem since this should eliminate any speculation about PED usage for awhile. It would have been devastating to lose him so close to the show.