File this under “HOLY F*CKING SH*T.”
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has confirmed to CagePotato.com that Alistair Overeem‘s testosterone/epitestosterone ratio registered at 14:1 in his recent failed drug test. Assuming you’re not an expert endocrinologist, we’ll let MMAFighting.com put that number into perspective:
The average male produces a T/E ratio around 1:1. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uses a 4:1 standard for positive tests, and NSAC uses 6:1 as its cutoff, a number used by WADA up until 2006…Overeem’s number is slightly lower than that of Chael Sonnen when he was caught with an elevated level in 2010. Sonnen, who lost to Anderson Silva the day after the test was taken, produced a sample with a 16.9:1 ratio.
While Sonnen quickly threw his own testicles under the bus to hatch up a hypogonadism/TRT defense, a similar excuse from Overeem would seem laughable. [Ed. note: Maybe that's not fair to say at this point, but just look at the son-of-a-bitch.] As FightOpinion’s Zach Arnold pointed out yesterday, the NSAC’s current 6:1 threshold is already generous to prospective drug cheats — which underscores Overeem’s T/E result as a massive miscalculation of…whatever it was he was trying to do.
We’ll keep you posted as new details emerge. Right now, Frank Mir appears to be the front-runner to replace Overeem in UFC 146‘s headlining fight against Junior Dos Santos, although there’s some grass-roots support for Mark Hunt getting the shot. Nothing has been confirmed by the UFC yet.