Alistair Overeem Institutes Independent Testing to Prove He’s a Clean Fighter

June 27, 2012
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Alistair Overeem UFC 146 press conference
Alistair Overeem is going to have to sit out until December 2012 for what he’s called an error in judgment after receiving a prescribed medical treatment that caused a spike in his testosterone levels prior to his scheduled bout with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146.

Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone and was effectively suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for 9 months for the transgression.

As he explained previously to the commission, Overeem says he had no idea that he was being injected with a substance that would increase his testosterone and so now he’s taking the necessary steps to make sure it never happens again.

“Well like I explained in front of the commission, the spike was due to medication that I received from a licensed doctor to help my injury. I did it. I took responsibility and stepped away from the title fight. And now, I am doing random testing with the commission to prove I am a legit fighter,” said Overeem on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight.

“Since I have joined ASM [Authentic Sports Management], we have a far better medical staff that advises me on treatments. I didn’t have that before. I am sure that this cannot happen again.”

While Overeem will continue to undergo random testing from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he will also partake in testing of his own to hopefully help prove that he is a clean fighter once and for all.

“I want to show the world that I am a clean fighter. One test doesn’t say anything. But if you do the test every three to four weeks, than you prove to people that you are clean. You are being observed, and it is by different people who I don’t know every time, so there is no foul play. I am hoping that I can prove to the world that I am a clean fighter. I am also doing this for myself, my fans, and the commission to show that I am a clean fighter and ready to come back and fight for a title in the UFC,” said Overeem.

Overeem says he’s embracing the testing required while also undergoing testing of his own choice to help clear his name.

According to Overeem’s manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management who spoke with on Wednesday, Overeem’s test results will be sent directly to the Nevada State Athletic Commission for verification.

The hope is for Overeem to help clear his name after the allegations that landed squarely on his shoulders from the tests administered prior to his fight at UFC 146.

If everything goes well, Overeem is hopeful for a return to the UFC later this year to begin his quest for the heavyweight title once again.

“The commission told me at the hearing that it shouldn’t be a problem for me to get licensed when the nine months is over. I am pretty sure I will get licensed and I will fight,” said Overeem.

“Well, for me it doesn’t matter who I fight. I want to fight for the title. The title is my goal. Then I will have all the titles in the world. I’m hoping for (Junior) dos Santos because I think it would be an excellent fight.”

Overeem will just have to wait and see what the UFC will do with him once he returns, but one thing that still hasn’t been settled since his exit from the UFC 146 fight card is his strained relationship with UFC President Dana White.

White was visibly upset about Overeem’s positive test, going as far as calling the Dutch heavyweight a ‘liar’ and vowing that any future dealings would go through co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

At this time, Overeem admits he has not been in contact with White, but he’s out to prove his legitimacy after the situation arose with the commission a few months ago.

“I have not spoken to Dana personally. But he is a busy man, has a company to run and fans to take care of,” Overeem stated. “I respect Dana and I want to convince Dana through my actions that I am a legit fighter and through tests.”

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  • zacharydetal

    He is delusional.

  • When he comes back to fight for the MW title after he’s off the juice…then I’ll believe he is clean!!

  • just in case you didn’t know what he looked like before he “hit the weights”

    • Cptmats

      In all fairness, His size hasn’t really increased that much. He hasn’t fought at LHW since 2005 and at the time he was struggling to make weight. He walk around between fights at 235-240 lbs. now he fights at 265.
      Yeh its obvious that he’s a juice monkey, but its not like he went from skin and bones to a monster.

  • rsnowbass

    16:1 Overeem…16:1

    That’s a GIANT Barry Bonds like head you have.

  • TKD

    It may be better to just shut up and let time pass without opening yourself up to more scrutiny. Why on earth would this guy continue to press this issue when he was clearly busted. Let it go already. I can only think the roids have affected his brain.

    • I agree…pretending to be a good boy and say “hey look at me im going to volunteer for testing now” just makes it look fishy.

  • dathump

    Why not go clean, depending on what and how much he was on in the past he has put all the size on he needs, any bigger and he will have to cut, shouldn’t be to hard to maintain with diet and excersize now.

    • Cptmats

      TRT is more for giving you the drive you need to push your self to your limits during training rather that just make you big. It helps you train longer and harder.

  • mrrsb

    Let me get this straight….he failed a random drug test. He now thinks if he schedules his own tests and passes he must be clean? Am I missing something?

    • TKD

      No, you are not missing anything. You have a brain, Overeem does not. Enough said.

  • collideoverme

    Wow. I think I broke ribs laughing.

  • smill0313

    Is that rain? Nope, just overeem trying to piss down our backs.

  • macgrubber

    I see no1 in this thread has picked up a weight in their entire life. It isnt hard to put muscle on. Its his job to train and he isnt from amerifat where most of you are from. Just because you people are lazy and cant put muscle on doesnt mean no1 else can.

    • awwww…. another USA hater. i just put on 200 pounds of fat last night….. your mom was all over me!

  • joan

    I only see people hating on him. But I say good for him, he made a mistake, so what. He is not the first. Now he is trying to do something to show everybody that he will be clean. Most fighters just sit on their butt and wait for the ban to expire, in hope that people forget.

  • julianmoran

    I had a dream that JDS lost by ko in round 1, I think that it was Overeem doing the beating, I would like to see it happen.