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Alistair Overeem Surprise Drug Test Comes Back Positive, UFC 146 Title Bout in Jeopardy

(It’s always the ones you least suspect. / Photo via MMAFighting)

By Elias Cepeda

As we reported nearly one week ago, six heavyweights on the UFC 146 card were surprise-tested for drugs in Nevada after a press conference in Las Vegas. Today, Nevada State Athletic Commission Director Keith Kizer told CagePotato through a written statement that while five of those fighters passed their tests, number one heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem (who was slated to fight Junior Dos Santos on the May card) did not:

“The following athletes were tested on March 27:  Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva.  All test results were negative, except Mr. Overeem tested positive for an increased T/E ratio (> 10).  Mr. Overeem will need to appear before the Commission if he seeks licensure,” Kizer’s statement reads.

Overeem was granted a conditional license to compete in Nevada at the end of the year after missing deadlines for testing. As a part of that conditional license, he was subject to additional surprise drug screenings like the one administered last week.

The NSAC is saying that Overeem tested for a higher than usual testosterone to epitestosterone rate than is commonly found in adult males. Such high levels are considered evidence of doping by athletes by regulatory bodies like Nevada’s athletic commission.

Overeem does not get a suspended license because of the test result, per se, since his conditional license has expired. But, in order to be licensed in Nevada, he will have to appear before a NSAC hearing to make his case. Without being licensed in Nevada, Overeem will not be able to challenge Dos Santos for the UFC belt next month.

We asked Kizer that if Overeem does, in fact, apply for a license and request a hearing before the NSAC, would the state try to hold that hearing before his scheduled May 26th fight. Kizer replied, “of course.”

We will keep you updated on this story as developments occur.

Update #1: Dana White is “beyond pissed” about the situation, and Frank Mir is already lobbying to replace Overeem against Dos Santos.

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SonOfSerbia- April 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm
turns out human flesh has more proteins and naturally occurring testosterone than horsemeat, although i dont know how he's going to explain that to the NSAC
farvahgc- April 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Everybody is on juice these days, give me a break. No athlete gains 30+ lbs of muscle without getting fat too (reem, monson, sherk, marquardt, mir, lesnar prior to mma, etc...). If you watch a pro, division one, hell even many high school sports and think doping isnt part of it you are in denial. The tests are obviously beatable, otherwise nobody would risk it. Reem isnt a bad guy, or a cheater, that shit is rampant at all levels. He just got caught, i say let him fight!
Team_Arcos- April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Even if Overeem did get his license , He doesn't even deserve to be in the same bulinding as Junior, or any REAL fighter for that matter, fuck OverRoid!!
Team_Arcos- April 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Hendo should move up, the H-bomb vs. Juniors Right hand, Hendo wanting a title shot, it could possibly sell just as much, possible Fight of the year, it'll save the event, Hendo is more Legendary, he's not a cheater, and he's never been knocked out, it would be a fcking war, but thats just me
macreadysshack- April 5, 2012 at 11:42 am
Nooooo! I'm not going to see two of the best strikers in the sport fight because of Reem using testosterone? I hate everyone. Reem, im your fan and I hate you. Kizer & co, I admit that sanctioning and unified rules are good for the sport but I REALLY hate you. DW - good job with the UFC but I hate you. Cagepotato, thanks for being here but you gave me the news so, yes, you guessed it - hatered. JDS, you may be the only true victim here but since Im at it - I hate you, too. What a douchy piece of news. I hate news. Im taking my ball and going home.
smokeyninja- April 5, 2012 at 11:11 am
This fight and the card are still salvageable .. what the Reem needs to do is request awas hearing with theyou NSAC and get a retro scritp for TRT from a Doc. Since he currently have a license he can say he was gonna state that he was on you TRT when he applied and if they wouldn't give him the exemption he woulda got off immediately as to not jeopardize his fight. With the money that'll come in for the fight that excuse has a good probability of flying and allowing him to still get cleared for license.
macreadysshack- April 5, 2012 at 11:47 am
You're right but it's a hail Mary, especially with 'reem and the rumours/his constant staunch denials. Anybody who wears a shirt that says 'drug free' and gets popped is likely phukd.
linzhanat- April 5, 2012 at 9:01 am
ccman- April 5, 2012 at 8:28 am
Oh for godsake. The ONLY fight reems done since he ballooned up in a testing environment where his tests were not a circus (leaner fight) was werdum. He came in 20#s lighter, had no power, and looked very bad. Recall what Maynard's managers said, losing to Edgar cost them MILLIONS. Heavy weight is much more lucrative than light weight. Reem thought he could bolt in and run out. He's always been a juicer, is middle of the pack without, and built a rep in test free areas (kinda like fedor) but when he has to actually be tested he either has hidden (how long did he not defend his strike force belt?) he either looks deflated or ooops, fails. Fuck Reem and his 3rd rate ass.
TellaTruth- April 5, 2012 at 7:37 am
i expected overeem to come into this fight about 20lbs lighter. after the trouble he had before the lesnar bout. now i am stunned that he would be foolish enough to continue the juice routine.
ytrebil- April 5, 2012 at 7:37 am
Oh for fuck sake Alistair. I realise drugs are rife and what not but why can't he hide it like the others do? Now he's going to be pulled and we have fat, washed up snotty blood faced Mir wanting to replace him. Oh great.
ccman- April 5, 2012 at 7:10 am
Dear "I hate Zuffa so I'm going the blind eye 'never failed a test" defenders.
BaghdadBob- April 5, 2012 at 6:35 am
I called it! (But so did everyone, really.)
Kimbos Bread- April 5, 2012 at 6:26 am
what the he'll, sign up Ferro and give htitle shot. He screws this up, he'll never be back in the UFC again.

it will sell well.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- April 5, 2012 at 3:50 am
If you didn't see this coming you have down syndrome