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Alistair Overeem Denied License by NSAC, Can Reapply in Nine Months

By Elias Cepeda

Following a hearing held earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission denied UFC #1 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem‘s request to be licensed to compete in the state. Overeem will not be allowed to reapply for a license in Nevada for nine months.

Because most states respect one another’s rulings and licenses — and because the UFC has a working practice of not circumventing U.S. athletic commission decisions by placing unlicensed or suspended fighters on foreign cards — Overeem will likely not be able to make a living fighting for the next nine months. He already lost out on his chance to challenge champion Junior Dos Santos May 26th because of his recent drug test, in which he came up positive for an dramatically elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone level.

Overeem was represented at his hearing by well-known attorney David Chesnoff. Chesnoff attempted to make the case that Overeem’s elevated levels were the result not of an attempt to enhance Overeem’s performance but rather of anti-inflammatory injections administered and prescribed by a Dallas-area doctor to help Overeem heal from injuries incurred in training and re-aggravated while fighting that the fighter was not told also contained testosterone.

Although the prescribing doctor, Hector Molina, was present at the hearing, Chesnoff requested a rare continuance from the commission so that he could bring in more expert witnesses. Chesnoff requested a continuance of 45-60 days but was denied by the commissioners, several of whom cited reasons of not wanting Overeem to have to wait up to two more months before being able to reapply for a license should his request not be granted, and not wanting the public to engage in months more of speculation.

Commissioners also commented how they did not see how any additional expert witnesses would change the evidence they had before them, namely Overeem’s late March test results. That stance would prove to be telling of the commission’s overall decision to not grant Overeem a license.

The commissioners asked Overeem and his doctor Molina question after question, but ultimately no responses from either could change the positive test’s position of utmost importance to the commission. “[Overeem] fights like a champion and I have no reason to believe he [uses] steroids,” one commissioner said. ”What I do know is that the test reflects a 14:1 ratio…What I do know is that I have a positive test in front of me,” he continued.

The commission did not use language impugning Overeem’s character, but rather his poor judgement in getting injections without knowing their content, from a doctor he said he did not research on his own. Overeem said that he became a patient of Dr. Molina on the basis of a recommendation from his friend and fellow UFC veteran, Tra Telligman, a Texas resident.

Johnny Benjamin, a physician and Association of Boxing Commissions’ MMA Medical Subcommittee member, recently wrote in his MMA Junkie column that Overeem’s defense was dubious.

“It is not uncommon for injured contact- or combat-sports athletes to require anti-inflammatory injections during their training. These injections usually consist of a short-acting anesthetic (lidocaine, xylocaine or marcaine) plus a glucocorticoid (cortisone). This injection immediately numbs the injury, and the cortisone provides longer lasting anti-inflammatory properties. 

These injections are legal but must be disclosed on any and all pre-competition or random-screening paperwork. 

Cortisone is a glucocorticoid steroid, which is much different than an anabolic steroid such as testosterone (T) and many of the synthetic performance-enhancing drugs (PED) with which the sporting world is unfortunately all too familiar. 

Testosterone is never included in these injections for any legitimate purposes. 

In the U.S., if a physician, in fact, injected him he with testosterone without his knowledge and consent, he should file a complaint with the appropriate state board of medicine and file charges with law enforcement. 

If he is unwilling to do so, it speaks volumes as to the truthfulness of his assertions,” Benjamin wrote.

It is unknown whether or not Overeem has filed such a complaint against Dr. Molina, but the doctor referred to Overeem as a patient during the hearing and Overeem denied having any anger towards Molina when asked how it felt to be sitting next to him at the hearing by a commissioner.

A medical doctor by the name of Hector Oscar Molina practicing in the same area as Overeem’s Dr. Hector Molina was sanctioned in 2004 for not properly establishing “proper physician-patient relationships.” Dr. Molina was fined $25,000 and had restrictions placed on his practice by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners for prescribing controlled substances over the Internet, according to the Star-Telegram.

During today’s hearing in Nevada, Dr. Molina said that he has served as a ringside physician for the state of Texas since 2005. A Hector Oscar Molina listing his profession as medical doctor in the same Irving, Texas area was also arrested in 2010 on domestic family charges. (We have not confirmed if these are all the same person, but they all share the same name, profession, and area of residence and work.)

Commissioner Pat Lundvall addressed Overeem after the commission’s decision was handed down, telling him that he had to think more carefully about “who it is you have as a manager [and] who it is you have as medical professionals,” she said. “You need high quality advice.”

We will continue to bring you more on this story and the aftermath, as it all develops.

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bigredscot- April 26, 2012 at 10:25 am
this comment section needs more DTF
linzhanbn- April 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm
xxxrayrayray- April 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm
MediumRare- April 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm
Anyone that wants 'roids to remain banned needs to stop and ask themselves why. Is it the fighters' health? If so, ask yourself three questions:
1. if testosterone is so bad, why isn't there outrage over animal abuse with race horses getting pumped full of the stuff?
2. why do they give zero fuck about 'roids in other countries like Japan?
3. why are you wringing your hands over another grown man's health?
Elias- April 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm
I agree with Alista...err, I mean macreadysshack
macreadysshack- April 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm
I hate all this namby pamby sneaky shit. Just call it what it is. I think a certain level of testosterone supplementation should be legal/sanctioned but strongly regulated. All that other weird crap that the body either does not produce or produces in ridiculously minute quantities - HGH, Tren, D-Bol, etc. should be out because it is HORRIBLE for the athlete's health. A little extra testosterone is NOT bad for men. It's not detrimental to health, it promotes significant but not 'superman' performance benefits (ie 300-50 mg/wk of testosterone will NEVER make it so somebody who coasted through a training camp would beat an equivalent fighter who trained his ass off without it), it helps athletes heal and recover and it makes you into a sexual tyrannosaurus. I would allow Deca at 200-400mg/wk, too, with doctor's proof of a serious soft tissue injury. I know none of it is realistic but it's just the way I'd like to see it done. I think we'd get awesome fights with far fewer cancellations from soft tissue injuries, plus fewer incidents of guys being out for a year + with soft tissue issues. Whatever . . . Tear me apart now for advocating 'cheating'.
Alan K- April 25, 2012 at 11:54 am
Nobody stole his pony. He just got hungry.
MorningwoodII- April 25, 2012 at 8:16 am
Reem looks like someone stole his pony.
DangadaDang- April 25, 2012 at 8:00 am
I knew you'd be back, Xeno. Can't say I like your new name all that much though.
dranokills- April 25, 2012 at 6:48 am
Fuck a duck DTF do you understand sentence structure at all?
Do you have a clue what a paragraph is? you fucking know what a fucking period is?
mDino- April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am
drano, STFU. no one cares about your purely negative comments, and about how you hate everything and everyone sucks. Then you drop the grammar police line?? gimmie a break.
Ballsagna- April 25, 2012 at 7:29 am
It really is.
DTF, are all of the punctuation keys on your keyboard broken? Or are you just a fuckin' schizo like your posts make you sound? All I can imagine is a crackhead speed, rambling, non-stop, continuous sentence. Please, for the love of God, try to use a period/comma/question mark/ANYTHING. Baby steps... let's start by using one comma and one period per day and then move up from there :)
ytrebil- April 25, 2012 at 2:03 am
Reading DTF's comments is like sticking pins in your eyes
DTF- April 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm
All im saying is dude isnt in à class all his own certainly not #1 ranked heavy Gabriel gonzaga was before nelson how is that relevant. Now im not saying overeem has been crushing elite but dude has more relèvent wins than jds.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 25, 2012 at 6:02 am
Who are all these relevant wins? Please enlighten me.
DTF- April 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Jds nut huggers need to give there head à shake overeem was the only tue challenge hé had mir wont last long enough to get it to the ground none the less work à submission cause if you didnt notice jds is à native to where mir got his black belt horrible match and à horrible fill in cause you can pretend all you want overeem is p4p jds hasnt taken nearly as much top tier carwin was à given seing his weakness exposed and valasquez never defended before hé took it and Who was before carwin ahh Yes Roy fuckin nelson quit hugging nuts cause hes the champ when you said the wake shit about valasquez cause you wanted brock dethrowned.
DTF- April 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm
Wasnt anabolic**
DTF- April 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Testosterone is natural. the average man pruduces 1:1 tend to one hé doesnt do shit while à man Who is active without supplements produces 3:1 à man with conventional creatine and protien can produce up to 7:1 because of the natural testosterone there body produces under those circumstances. It was anabolic what hé got busted for and high testoserone just makes you more à man lol and plus hé was to stop like that those elevated levels would convert to estrogen. Learn about supplements and whats in them. We got fucked out of the most antcipated heavyweight clash because à commission recgognizes an elevated natural male hormone as illegal while ppl can pick the shit up legally and is fda approved. Gnc or popeyes wont sell none fda approved supplments and these fighters still get fucked.
linzhanbm- April 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm
dranokills- April 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm
I do NOT agree with you pro roid clowns. I think if you are a cheater you get what you deserve....FIRED! I don't want to see the reems and cock chestners of the world succeed, I want to watch them fail, and crash and burn. They haven't earned to right to fame or money or belts or even fans. I fucking hate cheaters. Fuck of and die Ovary-eem......and take your lame ass fanboys with ya.
Todd M- April 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Doesn't happen often but I agree with you Drano, whole heartedly.
RwilsonR- April 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm
Tra Telligman apparently took too many anti-inflamatory injections right in his pec. Let that be a lesson to you.
RwilsonR- April 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm
They should just start an untested, open-weight division. Let guys from any weight class and with any PED abuse they want fight in this division for a separate and non-legitimate belt. Fights could only take place in Japan, of course. Knees and kicks to a downed opponent allowed. Weapons optional.
RyanSarr- April 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm
and in-between rounds you can get meth injections
RwilsonR- April 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Well, obviously. We can't have them getting tired midway through the fight. Maybe some PCP to help with the pain and also give them some nice hallucinations to fight against.
The12ozCurls- April 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Of course something "weird" happend after Overeem received injections from Dr. Hector Molina. For christ's sake, Tra Telligman went to Dr. Molina - got a couple pills, several booster shots and some medicated salve - and Tra grew his fucking pec back. WEIRD SCIENCE!
danomite- April 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Second funniest part was Overeem using the metaphor of 'getting back on the horse' twice.

-Also,I was just wondering yesterday what the hell Tra Telligman's been up to, and now his name surfaces in this Overeem scandal. Crazy.
danomite- April 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm
You forgot to mention the funniest part: where Keith Kizer said that Overeem fled the press-conference when he found out they were going to drug-test him, and they had to force him to come back. If that's not the actions of a guilty man then I don't know what is.
danomite- April 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm
so none of them asked him if he could read?