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.
MMAWeekly.com 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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