Alistair Overeem Clears First Drug Test for UFC 141 (Updated)

December 20, 2011
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Alistair Overeem has taken the first step in gaining his licensure for his bout against Brock Lesnar on Dec. 30 at UFC 141 in Las Vegas.

“Overeem is ready to go!!! Lesnar vs Overeem is on!” tweeted UFC president Dana White on Tuesday. confirmed with Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), that White’s tweet meant that Overeem has submitted and received approval of the initial drug screening necessary to gain licensure for the fight.

“The urine sample submitted by Mr. Overeem in the U.K. on 12/14 came back negative for all prohibited substances,” Kizer wrote via email.

There were doubts raised at a recent NSAC meeting when it came to light that Overeem had not met the appropriate drug testing requirements set forth by Nevada before he returned to Holland to train for the fight and care for his ailing mother.

After much deliberation, the commission granted Overeem a conditional license based on him meeting specific requirements for the fight.

First, Overeem had to get re-tested at an approved facility within 72 hours of the Dec. 12 hearing and that test, of course, had to come back clean. That has now happened, so Overeem has just one more hurdle before the fight.

Kizer confirmed that Overeem will be tested upon arrival in the United States and that the commission expects to receive the results of that test prior to the fight. Overeem will also be tested again on fight night, which is standard practice for main event fighters in Nevada.

The final condition of his licensure is that Overeem agreed to be subject to two post-fight tests over the next six months, given at random, as chosen by the athletic commission.

(UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 20 to include response from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.)

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  • What about the results of the first test he took, the blood test? At the hearing I thought one of the stipulations of his conditional license was that the NSAC receive the results of that test as well.

    Anyone else remember hearing that?

    • ajmadic

      I think everyone just assumed Overeem was clean, so no need to release the results from his blood test.

      • But did the NSAC get the results? That’s my question. Part of granting him a conditional license was based on them (the NSAC) receiving the test results.

        • ajmadic

          It was a joke. Apparently a bad one!

  • b-soc

    I’m an avid Canadian hunter myself, and, even though I normally can’t stand the sight of the guy, I have to say, Brock should not have been charged with this one. I know guides myself who take Americans on trips and the guides are supposed to know all the rules. Can’t fault brock for this one.

    • b-soc

      Dang, posted in the wrong article! LOL! Gotta stop this multiple windows in firefox! LOL!!

  • Obarmarama

    I think blood tests take a lot longer to analyze then a urine test, and are not as effective as urine, in that they only show very recent steroid use, whereas urine can reveal steroid use several weeks after the roids were taken. The reason that they insist on both, and I’m not exactly sure, but I think that if a fighter is suspected of drug use, or misses a urine test, then a blood test is like an extra test. It’s rumored that certain fighters use steroids, and leading up to the fight they take certain supplements that enable them to test clean. I believe tat Nick Diaz does that for mary j wana, and strangely, I think that the detoxification programme that he does leading up to testing enables him to be sharp and gives him clarity during a fight. However, if he were to be blood tested, I think he would fail, as you cannot clean your blood. Or whatever, **** you J/k