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Alistair Overeem Releases Statement on UFC 146 Withdrawal; Blames Anti-Inflammatory Medication for Elevated Testosterone Levels

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Alistair Overeem has finally broken his silence on his failed drug screening earlier this month. Here’s what the UFC heavyweight contender had to say in a release distributed this morning by Authentic Sports Management:

“To my friends and fans,

I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.

I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.

I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.

Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.

I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.

Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”

Alistair Overeem joins a long line of MMA fighters who have claimed ignorance for ingesting banned substances (see also: Cris Cyborg). Do you buy his story? And will it earn him any sympathy with the NSAC?

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fatbellyfrank- April 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Bwahahahahah, someone mixed testosterone with my anti-inflammatories and forgot to tell me FUCKEN BULLSHIT, and I suppose the dog ate yer homework as well
linzhanbl- April 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm
Nintendong- April 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Bottom Line: If you think "The Reem" hasn't been juicing for a long time now, you are a fucking idiot.
Daley- April 24, 2012 at 4:47 am
Bottom line, if you don't realise that any high level, world class athlete needs to juice to some extent to get to and maintain that position then you're a fucking idiot.
The_Dragon_Machida- April 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm
It was just all the Horse meat he eats in the Netherlands.
Coneblazer- April 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm
What f'n crap... he's as jacked up as a pro body builder. (Here's an idea - let everyone use whatever PEDs they want then there will be no question.'Gr8' for any sports legitimacy)
Look at early pics of 'Reem and he's half the size... actually more like one quarter.
intercept440- April 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm
he was taking amoxohorsecockocillian...yea sounds legit
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Alan K- April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm
If that's the truth then your doctor sucks.
Rottenpunch- April 23, 2012 at 10:28 am
Nixon: I am not a crook
Clinton: I did not have sexual relations with that woman
Bush:There are WMD's in Iraq
Reem:It is the doctors fault
Fletch the V Stretch- April 23, 2012 at 10:13 am
To me, the people on here saying that this could all be possible and they don't want to jump to conclusions etc, must be HUGE fans of Reem. Even if this story is true, I highly doubt the amounts of testosterone in the medication he was taking would yield a 14:1 ratio. I mean come on, its one thing it you get popped with higher than normal standards and claim medication but you get popped over 2 times the limit and claim "medication". GTFO.
Lesnarischamp- April 23, 2012 at 10:04 am
Sometimes these things happen in MMA.
mcw89138- April 23, 2012 at 10:02 am
@ Vrox, Overeem isn't saying he took an anti-inflammatory drug that interfered with his testosterone and thereby skewed his T/E ratio - rather, he's saying he took an anti-inflammatory drug "that was mixed with testosterone." That's a whole different animal. If there are any bio-chemists / pharmacists out there reading this, other than the infamous Androgel, what other NSAID contains testosterone?
holeeball- April 23, 2012 at 9:18 am
Damn random tests. Let's hope they go back to non random testing soon.
ytrebil- April 23, 2012 at 8:52 am
Does anyone know if his UFC contract will be terminated because of this or are we still waiting on a hearing from the commission? The reason I ask is because if he can't get a license and indeed fight in the UFC for say 6-12 months, would he not want to be earning money in Japan? Afterall I assume they pay him mega bucks. As far as I'm concerned and the UFC, with this going on he's irrelevant and I believe Dana White called him a f***ing idiot in his rambling, cursing way.
Jaycorr- April 23, 2012 at 8:50 am
I love it when people use google or wikipedia to try to make themselves look smart. I'm looking in your direction Vrax and calling you a douche bag lol.
mnau619- April 23, 2012 at 8:26 am
So, if he was prescribed the medication, why didn't he list it on his pre-test screening form? You still have the chance to declare what you are taking prior to testing, so this seems like a "red herring" argument to me. Say good-bye to your license for about 6 months, Overeem.
RyanSarr- April 23, 2012 at 8:25 am
Alistair Overeem has lost all credibility in my mind. He did not name the medicine, nor the doctor who gave it to him. This is simply a contrived excuse given to him by his handlers in hopes of remaining relevant. He is a cheat, just admit it and move on. When guys put forward these bs excuses it only makes them look worse in the public eye.
Vrax- April 23, 2012 at 8:13 am
Numerous Corticosteriod medication used for anti-inflammatory purposes will interact with a T/E ratio as Glucocorticoids are a part of the androgen class of hormones, as is Testoserone.

...The Basics

Testosterone is a 19-carbon steroid hormone produced primarily by the Leydig cells of the testes (in men) and the ovaries (in women). Smaller amounts are produced in the adrenal glands of both sexes. As a "steroid", testosterone belongs to the androgen class of hormones that also includes dihydrotestosterone (DHT), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), androstenedione, and androstenediol. Six other classes of steroid hormones exist, including estrogens (the bane of male bodybuilders), progestins (some female contraceptives are made of these), mineralocorticoids (which help control water balance), glucocorticoids (mainly anti-inflammatory compounds), vitamin D, and bile acids....

danomite- April 23, 2012 at 9:56 am
You know what's weird? When I copy and paste Vrax's comments into google I come up with a shit load of websites that say almost the exact same thing. It's almost as if Vrax was taking other people's words and passing them off as his own to make himself seem like he knows what he's talking about.
-P.S. it's progesterone, not progestin. progestin is the synthetic form of progesterone, a hormone secreted by the corpus luteum after ovulation
Vrax- April 23, 2012 at 8:18 am
Correction; not a part of the androgen class of hormones, but rather Gluccocorticoids will affect the levels of androgen hormones by side effect.

I have no opinion on Reem's innocence or lack thereof, just sayin' there's a bunch of possible ways this could happen. I don't necessarily expect any fighter to understand the molecular interactions of Glucocorticoids, or any other highly specified biochemical knowledge. They're too busy training to fight, and probably don't have time to take anatomy and physiology courses.
ytrebil- April 23, 2012 at 8:06 am
Sounds legit.

When he says he didn't realise that his anti-inflammatories contained testosterone, isn't testosterone a natural anti-inflammatory? What I'm saying is that he was probably injecting pure test and he was fully aware of it. To have that much of an elevated T/E ratio, I'm sure someone in the field could work out how much he must have been taking.
RearNakedSpoon- April 23, 2012 at 8:05 am
Nice personality, crushing striker, looks like a super hero, humble multiple champion, intelligent, never pissed hot for a fight, literally kicked the shit out of Brock Lesnar, strong pimp hand against drunk bitches.. So a random drug test far from a fight that can be reasonably explained as above is going to stop us from enjoying his fights and general awesomeness? I don't get it.
Put everyone in the UFC under random drug testing and they will go bankrupt because there won't have enough fighters to fill a main card. Steroids are extensively used for recovery purposes.
amsterdamheavy- April 23, 2012 at 8:05 am
If he wasnt a fucking liar, he would have NAMED the "medication" - but he CANT because there are no testosterone infused anti-inflammatory medications. - As far as I am concerned the dumbass just admitted to using PEDs, albeit in circumspect way to somehow try and leave himself plausibility for denying said PED abuse.
The12ozCurls- April 23, 2012 at 7:55 am
I am guessing that this mythical anti inflammatory was testosterone infused testosterone.
Fried Taco- April 23, 2012 at 7:53 am
Is this the same doctor who did his urine sample before the his last fight? Or is this the doctor Rampage used? Or maybe it is Michael Jackson's doctor?
Maine Blazer- April 23, 2012 at 7:52 am
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- April 23, 2012 at 7:50 am
sounds like a case of, "Would like you some anti-inflammatory with your mega dose of Testosterone?".