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Alistair Overeem’s Manager Says All Will Be Revealed in One Week With “Reasonable Explanation”

(Come on, would we let you down?)

So #1 UFC heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem failed a late March surprise drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for having a testosterone to epitestosterone ratio level higher than five men of Krypton and is now scheduled to appear before the commission in one week to ask for a license to face champ Junior Dos Santos May 26th. But not to worry, Reem fans: Alistair’s manager assures that his fighter will have a “reasonable explanation” for his unreasonable levels, according to Inside MMA‘s Ron Kruck, via CagedInsider.

“I spoke with Glenn Robinson, manager of Overeem and he says he is very respectful and is hopeful that he will be granted his license and the entire team is very confident that he will be facing Junior dos Santos come May 26th,” Kruck said.

“Now Robinson wanted to make it very clear that despite other reports, Overeem did not test high for testosterone, but rather his testosterone to epitestosterone was off and he has a reasonable explanation to why that is, which he will present to the commission next Tuesday.”

If the UFC hadn’t refused to replace Overeem to this point and rule out most viable possible replacements should he not get licensed — and if the NSAC wasn’t in a tricky position of dealing with their first-ever positive test from an out-of-competition surprise test, coupled with their past openness to allowing therapeutic use exemptions for things like testosterone replacement therapy — we’d say Robinson was nuts for thinking his client would get licensed. But as it stands, who knows?

Overeem can still apply for a TUE, and the commission can grant it. We’ll see what defense he gives and if the commission will buy it, in light of his toying with their emotions regulations before his last fight.

- Elias Cepeda

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Elias- April 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm
fedors, the 1st amendment doesn't quite break down the way you are saying...

parchy, I don't know. But I'm guessing they are somehow saying that the t to et ratio (which is gotten from a urine test) and the overall t level (which is gotten through a blood test) are different in a substantial way...both are not allowed above certain levels by Nevada though. we shall see
parchy mcthirst- April 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Yeah, I understand. I appreciate your explanatory response. I heard about the distinction between the urine test and blood test. It just is such a seemingly piss poor (pun intended) excuse for Overeem. As you said, both are disallowed. So, he done fucked up, no?
parchy mcthirst- April 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm
"Overeem did not test high for testosterone, but rather his testosterone to epitestosterone was off..." What the fuck does that mean? I'll tell you: bullshit
Sopapo- April 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm
I'll tell you what that means. It means we didn't see the damn test and we are just ripping on the dude repeting what we read without it beign exactly true. We should learn to shut up till we hear both parts. As i said Overeem must have some sort of justification and will be fighting or there would have been another fighter announced by last week.
parchy mcthirst- April 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm
He doesn't have any sort of justification. He is going to attempt to exploit some loophole or some sort of weak means to seemingly "justify" his ratio of 14:1.
fedors pink panties- April 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm
If CP is trying to be a legitimate news source with the legal protection that comes with that, they should be held accountable to everything they say. If they are a humour site, then they shouldn't be given the legal protection that news sites are given. They can't have both.
MorningwoodII- April 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
great now everyone who has a login to CP is gonna get named in the lawsuit. Just for the record I come in to CP from a link hosted on a web server in Brazil.
Fried Taco- April 17, 2012 at 11:55 am
I was texting with Glenn Robinson, and the gist of their argument is this: Overeem's T/E ratio isn't too high, everyone else has a T/E ratio that is too low.

And for DW and anyone else with a similar sense of humor, this is a JOKE.
Viva Hate- April 17, 2012 at 11:49 am
For a guy who flies off the handle and makes a TON of statements that are inflammatory that are serious Dana sure can’t take a DAMN JOKE!
eradz- April 17, 2012 at 11:44 am
I think its time to do the best dana caption contest!
eradz- April 17, 2012 at 11:42 am
dana getting butthurt over a joke?!
El Guapo- April 17, 2012 at 11:42 am
Dana's mad about a caption? Damn, what a biiiiatch.
mDino- April 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
cagepotato and overeem are both gonna be screwed by dana. and after that he will come after cp readers who are also illegal streamers. Thanks uncle dana, you went from being an awesome pinkberry eating, free ticket giving, fan hugging prez to a complete capitalist money hungry dont fuck with me or ill fuck you worse kinda guy. it SUCKS!
The_Dead_Cow- April 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
I'm pretty sure Kieth Kizer will have a "reasonable explanation" as to why horsemeat won't be granted a licence to fight anytime soon.
Elias- April 17, 2012 at 11:34 am
Viva, ahhh, I see it now thanks. As The12oz just said, we've got bigger "problems," now...
The12ozCurls- April 17, 2012 at 11:31 am
For the record CagePotato just got hammered by Uncle Dana and the UFC. Check it out:
amsterdamheavy- April 17, 2012 at 11:54 am
Ohhhh shit
El Guapo- April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am
Ariel Helwani? Oh-my-god-oh-my-god-oh-my-god-oh-my-god! How's my hair look? Does my breath smell? Y'all know I got thingy for shnauzers, and that boy's shnauzer is shenshational! Shexy, is what it is. I'd like to shmear it with some shnozberry jam and shuck the shteiny out of it... Nawmsayin?
Viva Hate- April 17, 2012 at 11:12 am
For those who were questioning what happened in the twitter world, "@cagepotatomma just curious, why do you guys always promote your interviews as "exclusive" when by definition they are not?"
mcw89138- April 17, 2012 at 11:07 am
It appears Overeem's camp is going to argue that instead of his testosterone level being abnormally high with respect to his epitestosterone, he had something wrong with him that made his epitestosterone level abnormally low with respect to his testosterone, thereby resulting in the skewed T/E ratio. Perhaps unbeknownst to the general public, Overeem was Matt Hughes' sparring partner in preparation for his second fight with GSP and took one too many to the cup.
eradz- April 17, 2012 at 11:06 am
pretty good post about test ratios

I think the answers provided by Xardas were very good ones. Though an oversimplification, you might consider epitestosterone a by product of endogenus testosterone, which is to say that when testosterone is produced in the leydig cells, a subsequently similar amount of epitestosterone will be present as well. As stated, exogenus tesotosterone will have no effect whatsoever on eiptestosterone levels, thus, injections will result in a higher test/epi ratio. The most likely candidate for why your ratio is 9:1 when your total T is 450, and the others is what 6:1 with a total test of 1220, is that epitest is directly related to how much test you are producing. Having said that, someone on HRT or TRT would most likely produce very little testosterone if any, due to long term exogenus administration, which means that there is also little to no epitestosterone present. In contrast, someone who is running a 12 week cycle of 400-500mg of Test per week, would have much higher epitest levels well into the cycle. Therefore, the ratio would be smaller. For example, If your total test level is 450ng/dl and your T:E ratio is 9:1, then your natural production is around 50ng/dl, with equal epitest levels. So yeah your pretty shutdown. Now, the average total test level for an adult male in their thirties is 400-500. This means that epitestosterone levels would be in the same range. Enter 400-500mg of exogenus test per week and the total test would rise, but the natural production would drop, and with it, the level of epitestosterone. This is not an immediate process however, and depending on how far into the cycle the other user is, it is probable that the ratio would be smaller. In fact, a 6:1 ratio means that natural production levels are roughly cut in half, down to right at 200. Also, 600 is a very high figure for natural production at age 45. Maybe the high end of passing a drug test, but there are most likely very few men in this age bracket with levels so high. In the case that your freind is one of them, it would make it more likely that his results would show a smaller T:E ratio. I think the original question posed here was "Does this make sense?" To sum up, it means that you're shut down pretty hard, but if your taking testosterone injections, you know that. Otherwise, the test result really is of no use, unless your being drug tested.

Elias- April 17, 2012 at 11:06 am
Viva, edumacate me, what happened on the twittersphere with our boy Ariel?
Viva Hate- April 17, 2012 at 10:56 am
Will there be a twitter beef of the day today featuring Ariel Helwani calling out CP for their interviews?
The12ozCurls- April 17, 2012 at 11:00 am
@cagepotamma just responded 30 seconds ago. Let's see where this goes. lol
The12ozCurls- April 17, 2012 at 11:04 am
"@cagepotatomma" - damn you lack of edit button
Get Off Me- April 17, 2012 at 10:51 am
Can't wait until they ask him if he can read and understand english.
The12ozCurls- April 17, 2012 at 10:48 am
If Reem gets a TUE, we are all screwed. It will be a dark day for MMA and the sport we all love could possibly become a complete freak show again. The absolute influx of fighters using TRT is gonna be staggering and it is going to minimalize accomplishments. I don't have my head in the sand and I am not oblivious to what these guys may or may not be doing but there is definately going to be a harsh media backlash if Reem is granted a license.