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Alistair Overeem Gets April 24th NSAC Hearing

By Elias Cepeda

(Come on NSAC, can’t we talk this out?)

Alistair Overeem may have failed his recent surprise drug test, but it appears that he isn’t giving up on challenging heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26th. He has requested a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and has been given a hearing date of April 24th, little more than a month before he hopes to still vie for the UFC belt.

After testing positive for elevated testosterone levels in late March in Nevada, Overeem had the option of asking the state’s athletic commission to test the second sample they took from him during their test, as well as the option of deciding to apply for a license in the state at a hearing.

After turning in a required urine sample for testing nearly a month late last year to Nevada in the lead up to his UFC 141 main event fight with Brock Lesnar, the state granted Alistair a conditional license that allowed him to fight, but required that he be subjected to two additional surprise drug tests in the future.

Overeem’s conditional license ran out at the end of 2011 and, though he was booked by the UFC to take on Dos Santos in Nevada at UFC 146, Overeem had yet to apply for a new license with the commission at the time he was most recently tested. Because of this, the commission cannot suspend Overeem for his positive test, but they can, and likely will, take it into consideration as he applies for a license.

Neither Overeem nor the NSAC has announced whether the fighter has requested that his B sample also be tested. Should he request that it be done, and that sample comes back negative, he would be in the clear.

The UFC has not announced a replacement for Overeem but President Dana White has said publicly that Dos Santos will defend his belt against someone on May 26th. White has also rejected Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez as possible opponents for Dos Santos, saying that they will fight one another as scheduled at UFC 146.

Dan Henderson has said through his twitter account that he would take the fight with Dos Santos if he were offered it. The forty one year old has been a world champion before at middleweight and light heavyweight but also recently knocked out former heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in under one round and is coming off of a decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a bout that might be the most exciting single battle in mixed martial arts history.

An online fan campaign to give Mark Hunt a shot at Dos Santos at UFC 146 has also popped up. Hunt’s overall MMA record stands at 8-7, but he is an exciting knockout artist who once was a world kickboxing champion and is currently riding a three-fight win streak in the UFC.

At press time it appears that White and the UFC are hanging on to the chance that, after his April 24th hearing, Overeem will be allowed to fight. It’s unknown what type of accounting Overeem might give for himself to convince the NSAC that they should license him to fight.

Nevada does allow the possibility of Dan Henderson Talks Openly About His TRT Exemption; Says Stricter Testing is Needed of Approved Fighters” href=””>therapeutic use exemptions for certain substances that might have contributed to Overeem’s elevated levels of testosterone. Recently, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, who tested for higher levels of testosterone than Overeem after his failed title challenge against Anderson Silva in 2010, testified before the NSAC that he received hormone therapy from doctors because of a deficiency in testosterone.

If the UFC is to stick to its plan to have Dos Santos defend his title in May, and Overeem is not licensed to fight him at the end of this month, they will only have about a month to find a suitable replacement title challenger.

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xxxrayrayray- April 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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McLuvin- April 9, 2012 at 7:14 am
There's really no defending him unless his B sample tests clean. The human body isn't naturally at 14/1 and he's never mentioned or filed for a TRT exemption. I'm sure it would have come up with his temporary license and agreement to two more surprise tests. I hope White can find someone decent to fight JDS by fight night.
Get Off Me- April 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm
"Everyone on TRT will have a high T/E but it doesn’t mean he is abusing it"

If the average human ratio is 1:1 the WADA threshold 4:1 and NSAC accepting 6:1...I think anything in the "teens" is the very definition of abuse. T/E ratio is on the test list, like marijuana etc for a reason, that reason probably being if someone has a T/E ratio so out of whack, he just may be up to something and consequently illegally enhancing his/her performance.
BuckWild- April 9, 2012 at 3:19 am
"If the average human ratio is 1:1 the WADA threshold 4:1 and NSAC accepting 6:1…I think anything in the "teens" is the very definition of abuse" .. True the T/E ratio is how they redflag abuse, but if a person's natural production of testosterone isn't enough for him to function in life let alone his job of fighting, he will need to inject more testosterone to get up to a "Normal" Total testosterone level. When you do this it will raise your T/E ratio to above "normal" levels but it does not mean you are abusing. People don't seem to understand what T/E ratios are. Basically what T/E is.. Is for every ng/dl of natural Testosterone made there is usually a ng/dl of Epitestosterone made in the body. If someone get hit in the head enough, cuts weight or "for reasons unknown" to them or their Doctors, their bodies will not produce enough test.. so they have to inject test, so that throws off their T/E ratio. Most people, including the meadia and people who post comments don't know enough about what they are talking about and just brand people like Chael cheaters. If you don't have all of his medical records and total testosterone test (not T/E) you don't know what is really up. So when people start throwing out accusations regarding T/E numbers saying "this number normal and his number was higher, so he(chael) must be cheating". This doesn't make sense. He admited he has Hypogonadism and his body doesn't produce it on its own. Now, Overeem is a completely different subject than Chael. I mean look at him. Chael is in shape but he is "Normal" in shape. I think if people knew a little more about the subject of TRT and male hormones in general they wouldn't be as frustrated being an MMA fan and seeing a few guys pop up on TRT. Now I could be totally wrong about Chael because I don't have access to his total testoserone test results but if I had to guess I would say he is lagit and really needs to be on TRT and will have no problems getting all of the exemptions he needs after the commision gets over their hurt feelings because Chael screwed up and didn't tell them about his TRT. That act alone was cheating because he didn't want to go thru the correct channels to get an exemption but all of that now if past. I really think Chael could just tell the media his total testosterone levels (not T/E ratio) and clear his name, but I don't think he wants to clear his name if he gets all of his exemptions he will ride out all of the extra attention he gets from angery fans because any publicity is good publicity. Its a classic WWE move.
holeeball- April 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm
Too many people with low T get into the fight business these days.
It's almost like a contradiction unless this whole fucking sport is filed with scumbag cheaters looking to catch cancer in the balls of all places. It's a mad world here in wonderland
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mDino- April 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm
@Buckwild if thats the case then he should use it to get his levels back to the normal range for an athlete in his 30's. Chael's T levels were higher than normal. He injected too much.
BuckWild- April 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm
So if his levels were higher than normal, can you tell me what they were? I haven't seen anything that gave his total testosterone levels. I've only seen reports that show his T/E ratio being something 16.9/1 That doesn't tell you anything. Not saying that info isn't out there, its just that I haven't seen it. T/E levels don't mean anything for people who have to use TRT
BuckWild- April 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm
Someone could have a T/E ratio of 20:1 and only have a testoserone level of say 500 ng/dl which would be about the level of a 50 yr old man. Someone Chaels ag should have closer to 600-650 ng/dl. So his body only naturally produces 100 or so and he injects the rest. So his ratio will always be higher than a normal person. Becuse most of the testosterone he puts in is fake and the epitestosterone level will be 100 but his Testosterone will be whatever occurs naturally plus what he injects. See Chael isn't saying a lot to defend himself on this like he could because Chael likes the attention good and bad. It makes him more marketable. This is why Chael has always denied having "Higher than normal levels" because he probably doesn't He just a higher than normal T/E ratio. This is how they found out he was on TRT and that is what he was suspended and fined for. He will probably get an exemption for TRT. Also, I find it interesting how a lot of people think that the only way a person would need TRT is from previous abuse. Well I can tell you from personal experience, that is not always the case. I am living proof.
BuckWild- April 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm
"UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, who tested for higher levels of testosterone than Overeem"

We don't know if Chael's Testosterone levels were higher than Overeem's" We only know that his T/E ratio was higher. There is a big difference there if you know what a T/E ratio is. Chael's natural testosterone level could be 100 ng/dl but he injects enough to get him to 600 or 700 ng/dl So the ratio could be high but his total testosterone might actually be lower than Overeem's. Also Chael is right for being mad at that one guy for saying his testosterone levels were way higher than a normal guy his age. They probably aren't. He wouldn't be fighting if they were. Its just his T/E ratio. Everyone on TRT will have a high T/E but it doesn't mean he is abusing it. If his body can't make it he needs it just like diabetics need to inject insulin.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Your article is inaccurate. You say: "White has also rejected Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez as possible opponents for Dos Santos, saying that they will fight one another as scheduled at UFC 146."

White's tweet has been widely misinterpreted. The truth is White just said, "Mir vs. Cain will happen" He did NOT say it would still be happening on *this* card. He was responding to someone who was disappointed he might not get to see those two fight, and just said it "will happen" as in *eventually*. I think Mir gets the title shot here, then win or lose he fights Cain next.
linzhanav- April 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm