Rumors surfaced over the weekend that Overeem could potentially be removed from the fight and replaced with former champion Frank Mir after his win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira over the weekend.
It all stemmed from a pre-fight drug test that Overeem missed after being ordered to take the test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Random pre-fight drug tests were requested of both Overeem and his opponent Brock Lesnar on Nov 17.
Lesnar had to go to a local hospital for the test because there wasn’t a facility close to where he was in Minnesota to get it done. Regardless, Lesnar complied with the testing within a reasonable amount of time, and no issues were raised.
The problem came with Overeem’s test because the NSAC requested the test on Nov 17, but did not hear back from his camp for several days. On Nov 15, Overeem had purchased an airline ticket to go home to spend time with his mother, who was having additional testing being done for cancer.
Overeem flew home on Nov 17 with no knowledge that a test had been requested by the commission, but as he stated during today’s meeting, as soon as he was notified he went and got tested.
Unfortunately, Overeem submitted a blood sample, while the NSAC wanted a urine sample. Regardless, the sample was tested for steroids and came back negative.
The commission then notified Overeem that he must submit a urine sample for the proper testing on Dec 7. Overeem said he went to take the test the next day, and as of Monday the results had not been returned yet, but normally take 7 to 10 days before coming back.
The commissioners questioned Overeem on several subjects, including the timeliness of his flight out of the United States and his ability to get to a proper lab for testing.
In the end however after some deliberation, the NSAC opted to approve Overeem for a conditional license, assuming he complies with certain regulations.
First, Overeem must go get re-tested at an approved facility within the next 72 hours and that test come back clean. Next he has to be tested upon landing in the United States for his fight. Finally, Overeem will be subject to two post fight tests over the next six months, given at random, as chosen by the athletic commission.
Assuming Overeem complies with all of the necessary protocol, he will be licensed to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.