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Is This Real Life?: Alistair Overeem’s ‘UFC 156′ Drug Test Comes Back With *Below* Average Testosterone Levels

(You think Antonio Silva‘s training methods are too tough, Alistair? Just wait until Jillian Michaels gets ahold of you. Photo via Getty Images.) 

Well, this would be a hell of a lot more triumphant news had Alistair Overeem not been tenderized like a cheap cut of (horse) steak at UFC 156, but you’ll be happy to know that Overeem, along with all of the 22 fighters who competed on the card, passed their post-fight drug tests with flying colors. Here’s where things get weird; Overeem’s test did come back with abnormal results, just not the kind you’d expect. And no, it wasn’t for Mary Jane. MMAJunkie passed along the results:

But with his blood test form his UFC 156 fight, his testosterone total level actually fell below the normal range of 250-1,100 nano grams per deciliter (ng/dL). Overeem’s total testosterone came in at 179 from the test, which was administered the morning after the fight at 8:25 a.m. on Feb. 3.

All other levels within the blood test came back within the normal reference range. 

Wait, Overeem’s testosterone level was below normal?! I think this occasion calls for a very special head-splosion clip:

While you wouldn’t exactly need to 20/20 vision to notice the difference between UFC 146 Ubereem and UFC 156 Ubereem, the fact that Overeem’s testosterone level was so far below the normal range has to leave you scratching your head a little here. Then again, Overeem has been tested seven times in the past nine months, so perhaps he was simply cycling erring on the side of caution heading into this fight. Not that any amount of testosterone will improve your ability to take a punch, but let’s just save that discussion for the aftermath of a fight that Overeem didn’t all but take for granted heading in.

In either case, Overeem better be able to get his levels in order (and perhaps switch training camps. Sorry, Blackzilians) by the time he fights Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 in May, or the results or going to look eerily similar to his last performance.

-J. Jones

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macreadysshack- March 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm
@Amsterdamheavy I think you and I are in pretty much the same ballpark when it comes to cycling anabolics . . . I have a cousin that lightly cycles regularly, too ;) I know a tiny amount of Deca can shut down the HTPA like nothing else but I didn't know that it could shut it down permanently. I'll have to research that some more. My 'cousin' has definitely felt that effect and so he always cycles T in with it to avoid, well, embarrassing and frustrating situations. Still, it's news to me that it can shut the whole goddamned thing OFF. I've never heard of that - that's some scary scary shit. It must be very rare. I personally think it's more likely that Reem was suffering from a rebound effect of plain ole Test usage without Nolva, clomid, HCG, etc. Anyway, Mr. amsterdamheavy, I always appreciate your input on PEDs. Sometimes I wish more people with actual experience would comment on TRT and PEDs in general.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm
It's been a bad couple weeks for the Reem. First he gets KTFO by Easter Island, then he finds out his shrunken raisin sized testicles have given out on him, then his scheme to replace all the meat products in Europe with Hungarian horse flesh is uncovered and makes major news headlines every where. It's like his world is unraveling.
Deadpanda- February 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm
So what you're saying is that abusing your body chemistry for 1/2 a decade & putting on almost 100 lbs of muscle affects the human body's ability to naturally maintain hormone levels? Who'd have thought? Science, you so crazy.
El Guapo- February 27, 2013 at 11:50 am
When it rains it pours, Reem. I mean, Clean.
Fried Taco- February 27, 2013 at 11:31 am
I think people are overlooking the obvious:

"which was administered the morning after the fight"

Bigfoot beat the testosterone out of Overeem.
Viva Hate- February 27, 2013 at 11:26 am
I saw someone else post it else where but I really hope Alistair Overclean sticks.
Null Kuhl- February 27, 2013 at 10:41 am
"erring", not "airing"
amsterdamheavy- February 27, 2013 at 10:35 am
nothing funnier than peopel on gas that dont know how to PCT and fuck themselves up forever.

Honestly though, there are people who's HPTA axis can get shut down permanently from 500mg of deca - the 19-nors can be a real bitch that way.

Oberroid either used a 19-nor and responded badly to it, or he doesnt know how to PCT properly. Either way, you guys nailed it, hes now set up perfectly for a TUE.

TRT TUEs should never be granted to someone who has tested positive for PEDs. They have already proven that they will abuse these substances, so why give them a legitimate cover for abuse? It makes no fucking sense to me.
knucklesamitch- February 27, 2013 at 10:18 am
**BREAKING NEWS** Alistair Overeem granted TUE for TRT for UFC160 fi
ArmFarmer- February 27, 2013 at 9:28 am
Test levels weren't overeems problem, complete lack of respect for his opponent was. I was watching with a friend and saying the entire 1st round.. "man overeem has 0 concern for silva's striking.. look at his hands.. he's setting himself up for an upset". When it happened, we were laughing our asses off.
The12ozCurls- February 27, 2013 at 9:25 am
"BELOW NORMAL" equals The Reem will now get a TUE for TRT.

J.Jones- February 27, 2013 at 9:17 am
@Sparrow - In a word, yes.
Casa de los pantelones- February 27, 2013 at 9:16 am
That's what happens when you don't pct after a cycle, lol
RSparrow- February 27, 2013 at 9:15 am
Isn't this normal without proper PCT?