The speculation surrounding UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem’s future got another burst of energy today when the Dutchman’s team apparently revealed “The Demolition Man” expects to be cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after offering a legitimate defense against their findings.
The NSAC randomly tested Overeem a few weeks back and found he had an exceptionally high T/E ratio in his system (indicating the possible abuse of testosterone injections).
“The entire team is confident that he will be facing Junior dos Santos come May 26,” reported Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck on this week’s episode. “(Glenn) Robinson also wanted to make it very clear that despite other reports, Overeem did not test high for testosterone. Rather, his testosterone-to-epitesosterone ratio was off, and he has a reasonable explanation for why that is, which he will present to the commission.”
Robinson is Overeem’s manager. It was also stated Overeem still has time to file for a TRT exemption with the NSAC as confirmed be chief executive Keith Kizer.
“Overeem has not applied for TRT exemption, but that does not mean he can’t. He has time to do that. As long as he gives the commission’s doctors time to deal with the situation,” stated Kruck on the matter.
Overeem will face the NSAC on April 24 to find out if he will be licensed to fight for the title at UFC 146 or face potential punishment based on the commission’s earlier findings.
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MMATraining Take: One more week and hopefully this entire fiasco will be resolved! I’ll definitely be interested in hearing what Overeem’s explanation is and whether the NSAC finds it to be remotely “reasonable” or not.