Instead of accepting any punishment thrown his way it appears Alistair Overeem will contest the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s findings relating to a recently failed drug test. Last week it was revealed the 31-year old Dutchman had more than twice the allowable limit of testosterone in his system after he was randomly screened along with five other heavyweights set to compete at UFC 146. The situation has now put his scheduled title-fight against Junior dos Santos at risk not to mention tarnished his reputation beyond easy repair.

According to multiple reports, Overeem is expected to meet with the NSAC on April 24 to plead his case. He apparently has also applied for a license to fight in Nevada and isn’t requesting his “B” sample be screened.

The initial news was first confirmed by NSAC executive Keith Kizer on The MMA Show with the latter information coming to light via Bleacher Report.

If Overeem is somehow able to argue his side successfully he may be allowed to compete against “Cigano” for the championship. If not, the more likely of the two scenarios, he will be pulled from the headlining fight and denied the ability to compete in Nevada for an extended period of time.


MMATraining Take: I don’t know why the process is being prolonged. It seems highly improbable Overeem will present evidence clearing his name and the other involved parties – fans, Dos Santos, and a potential replacement – need to be informed as soon as possible.