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Overeem Early Licensing ‘Strategy’ Shut Down by NSAC Executive Director


(Alistair, we don’t want to question your lawyer’s advice, but we don’t think a ‘pose-off’ with Keith Kizer is really the solution to your problems.)

We’re not sure how much UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem is paying for his legal advice and representation but hopefully he’s getting a discount. The unlicensed fighter recently went on MMA Uncensored and revealed that he hoped to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) soon to reapply for a license early.

He’s been campaigning to fight champion Junior Dos Santos for the title in December, but wouldn’t realistically be able to do so unless he was licensed months prior to fight, in order to allow the UFC to promote the bout. After all, in just one fight with the UFC, The Reem has been great at either making the UFC nervous that he would blow a huge fight or in fact blow a huge fight because he has trouble taking and passing urine tests.

“I’m able to reapply for my license in December a couple days before the fight. But we have a strategy,” he said.

“We’re going to go in front of the commission sooner with the argument of good behavior. We have been doing random tests on our own. They were all witnessed by an independent doctor. In the hope of getting a license sooner. I think we will get it sooner. Maybe a conditional license that I have to appear and do some random tests.”

“We have a set date this month. Nothing confirmed, we’re gonna try and get it. Hopefully we will.”

It was a conditional license that Overeem violated when he failed his last drug test with Nevada. After failing to submit samples on time in late 2011 for his scheduled fight with Brock Lesnar Overeem had to appear in front of the NSAC to explain why. The commission then issued him a license to fight Brock, on the condition that he be subject to random drug tests in the months that followed. It was the first of those required tests that Overeem failed early this year.

Also, “good behavior,” when one isn’t competing or being tested by actual regulating bodies is pretty easy to achieve. Well, unless you want to start allegedly shoving women in night clubs on New Year’s Eve, or something.

In any case, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer appeared to put the kibosh on the great “strategy” of Overeem’s legal team. “That must be wishful thinking…He will not be on the agenda,” Kizer told MMA Fighting of Overeem and the commission’s August 24th meeting.

Kizer also said he can’t imagine Overeem being allowed to reapply for a license with the state before his existing December 27th date. “I see no way to do that. I know of none,” he said.

“But even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don’t see this as the case. I’d be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don’t think this is the case to use that discretion. This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done.”

“I can’t speak for the commissioners, but I give him a little credit for it,” said Kizer about Overeem’s self-initiated drug tests. “I appreciate the effort. I’m not sure how relevant it is though. I guess any negative test has some merit. It definitely beats any positive result.”

There is one glimmer of hope for Alistair, however, according to Kizer. Nevada can still ask to randomly test Overeem. If they do, and he accepts and passes, that could help his case.

“If he fails or if he refuses to test, that would be a factor [in the licensing process],” Kizer said. “Or if he passed, that would be a factor, too. There’s always the ability to ask.”

After failing a random drug test earlier this year in Nevada Overeem’s lawyer David Chesnoff weaved a convoluted tale of accidental injection of testosterone from a Texas doctor in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

As expected, the commission stood by their testing methods and results, were un-moved by Alistair’s defense and refused to license the fighter to fight, saying he could reapply in nine months after they tore the witnesses to shreds with basic questions. The commission wasn’t even aware at the time of that decision of the dubious record and past of the doctor who testified in front of them but still found Overeem’s defense unconvincing.

Overeem and his team continue to formulate strategies that don’t really involve an understanding of how the NSAC typically operates or where they currently stand on certain issues. It isn’t often that someone that has messed up as much, as often and as quickly as Overeem has with the NSAC can get licensed or have a suspension rolled back without simply sitting back and serving their time, so to speak.

Time will tell if one of Team Overeem’s outlandish legal plans end up working or not. We kind of hope so, since we want to see ‘The Demolition Man’ back in action as much as anyone. Until then, we can always watch Overeem in happier times.

- Elias Cepeda 

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ctastrophe- August 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm
"This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating..."

So Kizer completely disagrees with the commission's finding? I'm not saying whether the commission is right or wrong, but at the hearing the commission agreed that Alistair should get a reduced sentence because they it was an accidental ingestion and that they felt Alistair had no intention of cheating. They agreed that Alistair was the victim, but still suspended him because it was his responsibility to know what was going in his body. The "accidental ingestion" a la Cyborg Santos doesn't work as defense.

So Kizer is saying that the commission was wrong, and that, since it wasn't a medical mistake, Overeem shouldn't have received any reduction in sentencing. Kizer is basically admitting that his commission is incompetent.
steven..3- August 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm
well it is a long time till end of the year. Overeem is clearly more popular than Velazquez and that means better business for UFC. You can see popularity from internet search stats comparing Dos Santos, Velazquez and Overeem:
http://trendopolitan.com/?p=50
THE LAW- August 11, 2012 at 9:46 am
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Dewdness- August 11, 2012 at 9:08 am
Overeem should just shut up n serve his sentence. Then, he can get all excited about fighting Jds after he loses to Cain, the *Real* Hw champ!
RearNakedSpoon- August 11, 2012 at 9:08 am
"weaved a convoluted tale of accidental injection of testosterone" - The Reem online documentary shows the hearing and it did not seem convoluted to me. The commission did not seem as cold faced, as this article implies, about the ruling either. They actually praise Overeem and give him a reduced penalty.
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MonsterMaulingAss- August 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm
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amsterdamheavy- August 11, 2012 at 8:39 am
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BaghdadBob- August 11, 2012 at 8:25 am
Let me skool you noobs on what's wrong with Reem's choice of attorney: He chose a litigator, not an administrative law lawyer with an "in" with Kizer or the Commissioners. Litigators are light are the technicalities of the law, too aggressive, obnoxious, and talk too much shit to the press. An good admin lawyer, preferably a former NSAC staffer or someone else with connections, knows to keep the issue (especially a disadvantageous one) out of the press, he knows to pull strings, call-in favors, cite the technicalities of the law at the highest analytical level to support his one-on-one discussions with Kizer, and generally charm the Commissioners.

What sort of dumbshit blabs to the press about this? Does he think he's going to pressure Kizer and the Commissioners? Reem's lawyer shouldn't have spoken about this to anyone except Kizer. Once Kizer's on-board (or at least neutral on the matter), then Reem would have a chance with the Commission. But by going public now, with the result of Kizer being placed in the position of making statements to the press that are less than supportive to Reem's whole "plan", Reem's lawyer has forced the Commissioners to basically commit to backing up Kizer before the hearing has even taken place. It's unlikely they'll come out in opposition to Kizer at the hearing, especially on such a shaddy proposal as the one forwarded by Reem's lawyer.

Reem chose the wrong lawyer.
Crow42- August 11, 2012 at 8:12 am
Damm guess its JDS vs Cain 2
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