Alistair Overeem Breaks His Silence: Explains Why He Tested Positive for Elevated Testosterone

April 23, 2012
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For the first time since a drug test revealed elevated levels of testosterone, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has broken his silence with a statement explaining what went wrong.

Overeem is set to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday to answer for a drug test that revealed a 14 to 1 ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. A regular human has a 1 to 1 ratio, and the Nevada Commission will allow an athlete to have a level of up to 6 to 1 before sending a red flag in testing.

Late last week, Overeem was pulled from his title fight against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 and replaced by former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Now for the first time since the testing happened, Overeem has revealed why he tested positive and apologizes for the reason behind it.

“To my friends and fans,

I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.

I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.

I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.

Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.

I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.

Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”

The statement was issued by Overeem’s management at Authentic Sports Management on Monday.

While the statement does admit why Overeem tested positive for the elevated levels of testosterone, the final judgment for the transgression will be handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

While technically Overeem was not licensed in the state at the time of the testing so he cannot be suspended by the commission, they can choose to deny his fight license, which would mean he could not reapply in Nevada for one year.

UFC President Dana White confirmed over the weekend during UFC 145 that if Overeem is denied his license by the commission, they would honor the ruling as well and not allow Overeem to fight in another state or area either.

Now Overeem will wait to appear before the commission on Tuesday to wait for the final verdict and find out his fate for at least the next year in the MMA industry.

UPDATE: Overeem’s manager Glenn Robinson from Authentic Sports Management confirmed that the former K-1 Grand Prix champion will still appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 24.

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  • collideoverme

    Ooook Overeem. Sure.

  • TKD

    His management team polished it up a bit. Before they got to it, his original apology was a little more like:

    “To my friends and fans,

    I am new to the UFC and didn’t realize they would do a surprise piss test so quickly on me. If I had some more time I would have been able to better hide the fact that I am being injected with testosterone like a horse.

    I am also a douche bag, but that has nothing to do with steroids.”


    • RubeKegal

      Post of the year right there

      • Lesnardo

        Umm not really. Towers66 below is the post of the year.

    • jpgagne

      LOL… agreed, best post of the year!!

  • Lesnardo

    Lol…so Overeem’s camp went out and paid off some Dutch doctor to testify at the hearing.

    It doesn’t take the entire week to realize that something you had in the last month of so could increase your testosterone level.

  • Towers66

    When I cracked my rib in ’09 I took some anti-inflammatory pills prescribed by my doctor. I gained 65 pounds of muscle mass and could lift my house up with my right hand. I had no idea that their was any sort of strength enhancing goodies in the medicine. It all makes sense now.

    • Lesnardo

      haahahaha that’s funny

  • leugim41004

    So basically what he saying is some company put inflammatory substance into a anti-inflammatory medicine? Why must he insult the intelligence of his fans and everyone else?

    • Lesnardo

      In any case, it will be funny to see Overeem actually get licensed and fighters restored back to their original opponents.

  • sb

    TKD…..Lol!!!! Fo sho the post of the year.

    • TKD

      LOL! Thanks…

  • Sooooo is he still on the agenda for tomorrow’s NSAC meeting or is he withdrawing his license application?

    What does he mean by “I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.”

    Request a continuance from the commission until he resolves his situation with the commission? That statement makes no sense. Or does he mean put his fight with JDS (and his UFC career) on hold until things in Nevada are resolved?

    • leugim41004

      More like ” I know I am going to get supended so I want to save Dana White the trouble”

  • aim an R.N., with a background in sports and steroid research. Check this site out. It might provide some insight as to the method Mr. Overeem is going to take in his appeal.

    scott a.Rimer

  • KBEsq

    Come on, guys. Give him a break! I mean, who would think to possibly ask about ingredients in drugs that a doctor gives you to recover when you’re an MMA fighter and everyone already suspects that you’re juicing.

    And he came up with this excuse SO quickly, that it’s hard to not believe him.

  • browill70

    ….and the dog ate my homework.

  • Bullshit, i am 39 years old and my medical doctor gave me androgel, its a testosterone gel that you rub on your shoulder twice a day. I was on that crap for 4 months and my T level rose a bit but nothing dramatic has a 14/1. If there is a medical doctor on site he will confirm that this is total crap.

    I know that he needs to save is ass, and its is career on the line, and he wont be fighting in the next year or so when he is suspended. But lying like this will just make maters worst a lot worst. People are dumb.

  • joshjosh

    Just man up admit what you did. You expect people to believe that you don’t know what your putting in your body come on.

    • Lesnardo

      Unfortunately, manning up doesn’t get you a title shot. Go ask Chael Sonnen.

      “I would like to say that for the last 3 years I’ve been on juice. I went from 205 to 265 juicing and doing crazy routines that I couldn’t do before. Without the juice I don’t think I could even make HW. And yeah, all those videos and comments in those videos and other media were false. Contrary to what I had said before, my growth has nothing to do with horse meat, although horse meat is part of my diet. I would like to man up and admit that I cheated all this time. I would like to apologize to the UFC, Dana White, my previous opponents, Junior Dos Santos, and the fans. I will not juice again. Instead, I will start fighting at my natural weight class and get destroyed by guys like Shogun and Jon Jones.”

      • AdamBianski

        Wow you did a good job till the end. Got a little drunk there.

  • He’s nothing more than a lying sack of shit!

  • Cptmats

    “I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter”

    • Lesnardo

      yeah that got me giggling too.

      But it would be funny if Overeem gets licensed and gets put back into the card.

  • AdamBianski

    Funmy when I read the headline I expedeted the article to be , “I used steroids”
    But then there was an entire article, not lying I didn’t read it, mainly because I know why, he is a juicer.

  • Anthony

    You know it blows me away that after 20 years of competative bodybuilding/powerlifting when almost everyone in those sports as well as my D1 college football background, that ony Cheal and Overeem are the only MMA fighters on the whole curcuit that are evil enough to take these deadly substances. Everyone of the great law abiding non hypicritical members of the MMA Weekly site who would never dare fracture a law to get ahead should pool together and start a witch hunt and burn Allistar at the steak. Or maybe even a crucifiction ? Seriously people wake up. Overeem is doing the exact same thing, about 90% of everyone else in most every other sport that millions of dollars are at stake do(except maybe golf). If you dont believe me its because youve never had to compete at an athletic endevor to earn a pay check where you werent as genetically gifted as someone else that wanted your job. You do what you have to do to win. This doesnt make you satan, it makes you human. Overeems not an ass for using, hes stupid for getting caught.I wrote my college disertation in 1995 on how to use and not get caught and it would still be applicable by todays standards. Im sorry guys, but open your eyes.

    • pooby

      My eyes are open. Overeem IS an ass and so are you.

      • Anthony

        You know what pooby, what ever the hell gay ass name that is, id rather be an ass like Overeem then a 135lb nerd / pu$$y like you. I guarantee youve never competed at an elite level at any sport in your life- no high school bowling doesnt count–you are a joke–you may claim different in your reply(I know well probably hear your Al Bundy high school football exploits), but we the truth. Keep living the dream of a key board warrior. You know nothing about what it takes to be a champion and YOU speak out of your ass, I speak from a 500 lb plus bench press and multiple bodybuilding titles . If anyone who has ever competed at a high amature or professional level in a strength/ contact sport can back this idiot up short of a BJ Penn id flush my juice down the toilet and join the convent. Pooby the professional 16 yr old dreamer, keyboard warrior. My hero…lol

        • Lesnardo

          I just cannot stop laughing at you!!!

          You are a self-claimed “elite” athlete who gets into verbal confrontations with kids on this site. LOL!!!!!!

          • TKD

            Why does anyone bother responding to Anthony? He is a jerk off, and just proved it with his nonsense rant about being a “competative” bodybuilder. Here is a guy that also claims to be such an elite athlete, not to mention a college graduate that wrote his “disertation” on this subject. What a f*cking tool!

            You might want to ask for a refund from that online, special education college you attended. Your spelling is a joke!

          • Lesnardo

            also it’s whatever not “what ever” and rather than and not “rather…then”

            Anthony sounds like a creepy dude in real life.

            Just can’t stop laughing at dudes like him that claim to be something special in real life but starts an argument on a random MMA website with a dude he believes to be 16 years old.

        • TheBargler

          You’re a douche and a half. You sound like a big dude, so maybe it’s more like two full douches. What a typical meathead you are. You’re SOOOOO manly with your 500 lb plus bench press. We get it – you’re strong – and you juiced to get that way. I guess if you were that much of a man, you wouldn’t need to do that. You synthetically became a man, apparently. Don’t even get me started on bodybuilding being a sport – you’re training to look good – LOL. No wonder you love Overeem – he’s the poster boy for bodybuilders as fighters. He’s the guy you can point to and say, “SEE! SEE! We CAN fight! We’re not just tanned, oiled up guys in banana hammocks posing on stage – oh wait we are…” By the way, if you don’t like nerds, get the f*ck off our internet and get yourself some rocks to bang together.

          • Lesnardo

            Anthony can’t bench 500lbs in real life.

            He is just a sad lonely freak.

        • TKD

          Don’t worry, Anthony. Unlike the rest of the people on this board, your mommy still thinks you’re great. Now, get back to your room before she notices you are sneaking back onto her computer, Mr. Muscles! LMFAO!!!

    • bjjjay

      Yeah man, well just cuzz most other athletes do steroids dose not mean we have to except it. This sport is still very young and we all have a chance to keep the dignity in it. Being the strongest person in the cage is not what this sport is about, and i personally don’t think being a super big dude helps you (in the long run or in certain styles of fighting). This sport is about technique and if Overeem had sound technique wouldn’t use this shit.

      • bjjjay

        I messed up i was responding to Anthony

  • Anyone know if he’s still on the agenda for tomorrow’s NSAC meeting or has he withdrawn his license application?

    • Lesnardo

      Overeem will withdraw and say, “I want to prove to NSAC that I am innocent. But since the UFC decided to proceed without me, I am going to save my time and money and not go to the hearing. Instead, I will be at the gym working on my biceps until the next match. And no, I won’t participate in any pre-fight conference from now on. I will show up at the weigh-ins.”

  • pooby

    ALL fighters get injuries and get prescribed medication from doctors. But isn’t it weird, we never see Featherweights “accidently” failing drug tests, only monsters who just happen to look like they take steroids.

  • they jusy have not gotten caught yet either…really you guys just think its him..take a good look at what they all looked liked years ago and see if there is no differnce….somewhere along the line they all have done it….weather its medical or just being an ass….time to let it go bitch about something else like dana white saying he wasnt going to change the card…

  • z999

    What did he ingest, a bottle of the stuff a day? 0 respect for this lying loser.

  • somecokehead

    They should bring back BROCK to fight JDS… considering he lost to a proven juicer. They probably tried! Brock couldn’t take another beat down so he opted for the role of a clown on television. Maybe the wwe will take another clown, as in Overeem?? I agree that the is some level of ‘juicing’ going on in every sport. You can’t get caught though!

  • macgrubber

    Never seen so much jelly in one place at one time. I doubt any1 here can answer this because u all seem like a bunch of virgins but how is gaining 60 lbs over 3 years impossible to do without roids? Has any1 in here ever even read about gaining muscle or better yet even tried to gain some muscle? 60 lbs in 3 years is 1.7 lbs a month. If you cant gain a little under 2 lbs of muscle in one month then you either have no idea how to lift or have the worst diet in the world. This guy gets up and trains and lifts all day for prob 5-6 days a week. Now i know some of you might go to the gym 2-3 times a week, most people on here prob not at all, and do your glamour muscles to look good but some people actually take lifting seriously. it isnt that hard.

    • Lesnardo

      There you are MacBlubber!

      I knew someone was going to make this idiotic argument that goes something like this:

      (1) I am an elite athlete in real life. Therefore I have credibility.

      (2) You are all virgin nerds in real life. Therefore you don’t know what you are talking about.

      (3) From my personal experience, you can do XYZ.

      (4) And even though I am posting comments online just like all you virgin nerds, I am not a virgin nerd myself. I am an elite athlete.

      (5) Therefore, you are all wrong and I am right.

      • macgrubber

        macblubber AHA how witty. I notice you did not deny being a virgin or nerd.

    • TheBargler

      Gaining a little under 2 lbs of muscle in one month is a straw man argument. The argument is about doing that for 36 months straight. I agree that it is not impossible. It’s difficult and requires a lot of dedication. Plus Overeem is a fighter – strength training is only part of overall conditioning for a fighter. I’m not saying that Overeeem couldn’t have done that without juicing, but his testosterone ratio was 14/1. The guy was juicing, and he got caught.

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