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[EXCLUSIVE] Keith Kizer Says He Does Not Expect Alistair Overeem to Apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption

By Elias Cepeda

(Photo via Esther Lin & MMAFighting )

A week before he will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a hearing regarding his failed March drug test and to request a license to fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146, the NSAC’s Executive Director Keith Kizer says that Alistair Overeem’s legal team has yet to request additional sample tests or to indicate that they will apply for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy.

“They’ve asked for no additional testing ,” Kizer told “I have talked with Overeem’s attorney and that issue has not been raised.”

“He has not indicated what [Overeem’s] defense will be, but he has not said to me, as I’m sure he would have if he was using it, that [Overeem] is on TRT,” Kizer continued. “That is not to say that they could not still make that case and ask for a therapeutic use exemption for TRT, but if they do, I’d be as shocked as the next person. We’ll all see what they do when April 24th comes around.”

When Overeem’s hearing does take place in one week, Kizer anticipates that the fighter will not have an easy road to getting licensed again. “It is going to be a very tough hearing for Mr. Overeem, to say the least,” Kizer said.

The fact that Overeem previously failed to hand in samples for testing to the commission on time, will be relevant in the coming hearing, Kizer says.

“This is a lot different and a lot tougher [than Overeem’s last licensing hearing] come April 24th,” Kizer said. “What happened [before] is going to be very relevant. But the biggest relevancy to the commission’s decision this time will be what happened in March.”

A urine sample collected by the NSAC from Overeem on March 27th came back showing a testosterone to epitestosterone  ratio of 14:1, in excess of the 6:1 ration that the state commission allows. That test counted as one of the two surprise tests Overeem had agreed to be subjected to by the NSAC in a six-month period  as a part of a conditional license he was issued to fight Brock Lesnar in late December after the Dutch fighter tested and turned in a sample for testing weeks late.

Overeem’s conditional license expired after 2011. In order to obtain another license in Nevada to fight in his schedule title bout against Dos Santos, he has to appear before the NSAC on April 24th. The commission cannot suspend an unlicensed fighter for a failed drug test, but they can take into account Overeem’s recent screening results in deciding whether or not to issue a license to him.

Overeem’s failed test was of his ‘A’ sample. He has the right to ask the commission to test the ‘B’ sample he provided in March. Because Nevada does sometimes issue therapeutic use exemptions to some fighters to allow them to use otherwise banned substances and treatments (like testosterone replacement therapy) which could potentially alter a fighter’s testosterone levels and testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratios, it has been speculated that Overeem might apply for a TRT therapeutic use exemption with the commission, claiming a medical need for the therapy. As of now, that doesn’t seem to be the approach that Overeem will take while defending himself and re-applying for licensure next week.

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BaghdadBob- April 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Overeem's argument that his ep is too low is going nowhere. He's screwed us out of a good match-up.
Ogre- April 18, 2012 at 6:57 am
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RearNakedSpoon- April 18, 2012 at 6:38 am
If Overeem using steroids to relegate Cock Chestnar and KO Duffee is wrong, I don't want the MMA to be right. Keep him on as a roid gatekeeper at least.
Pen Fifteen- April 18, 2012 at 5:40 am
I heard that Kizer bet $500k that Overeem would piss hot before this fight, so he's totally out to get the guy.
dranokills- April 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm
The irony of this situation is so delicious. It took a roid-head to knock another roid-head out of the UFC and back to fakeland. and that same roid-head is now taking himself out of UFC by his actions. I cannot begin to express my happiness at this. I am so glad this cheater doesn't get the chance to spoil the reign of a true champion who deserves his title.
Elias- April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm
rickards,lol. Have you not read the multiple interviews I've done with Mr. Kizer for CagePotato before?
RaginAsian- April 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm
I bet it's the horsemeat. It ain't organic.
rickards- April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm
the headline should have read, "Keith Kizer actually answered my phone call, CP is now legit!" Now that wouuld have been a good exclusive to add to the humorous pages of CP. who doesn't like self-deprecating humor!?
rickards- April 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm
soo, what's the story here? April 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm
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Fletch the V Stretch- April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Please for the love of God kick Overeem out of the UFC. He is ridiculous. On another note, I just watched the second part to Counterpunch: Jones vs Evans and I am now hoping for a Double KO.
masterm16- April 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm
Awww you mad bro?
Fletch the V Stretch- April 18, 2012 at 6:04 am
Not mad at all. I just it absurd that anyone can look at that guy and even for half a second think he is "all natural". Also how in the world can you root for a guy that goes into a fight with "the testosterone of 14 men". JDS is a REAL champion and would most likely KO your cheating hero crushboy into tomorrow anyways.
Joedirt- April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm
HA.. this may be the first time I want Rashad to win a fight.... but I like your idea better. Both throw haymakers and both land.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 18, 2012 at 6:05 am
Yeah I did want Rashad to win but the more he talks the more I don't care about him winning anymore. His mouth has overshadowed Jon Jones DB'aggery, lol.
Elias- April 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm
Viva, it has already been addressed:!/eliascepeda
Viva Hate- April 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Ariel Helwani is going to be pissed when he sees that exclusive word.
Strife- April 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Hes not going for TRT exemption. He's going to argue low ET. Excerpt from a study by WADA below.
oneofmanyhats- April 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm
And how does he explain having a normal ratio in the past? Recent gene therapy? Sudden deletion of DNA in all of his liver and kidney cells? Sudden change in expression of the enzyme the article references, even though the authors themselves freely admit that it has little to do with urinary T and epi T (read the last paragraph of the full article)
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And the fact there is no edit button so I can't change "the" to "that"!
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