Overeem blames medication

Updated: April 23, 2012

Alistair Overeem has finally broken his silence about his failed pre-fight drug test.

Overeem had been found to have an elevated testosterone to epitesterone ratio in a required out of competition test taken on the 27th of March ahead of his fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC146. Overeem’s test came back at 14:1, where as the Nevada State Athletic Commission will allow up to a 6:1 ratio.

It was announced on twitter on Friday by UFC president Dana White (@danawhite) that Overeem would be replaced by Frank Mir in the Heavyweight championship fight due to take place on May 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This ended the speculation of possible opponents for dos Santo which has varied from Mir, a campaign for Mark Hunt on twitter, all the way through to Dan Henderson and even current Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.

Since the news broke on April 4th about the failed test, MMA fans have been questioning what has happened. Overeem has been dogged with rumours and comments about his physique since he made the move from Light Heavyweight to Heavyweight and put on approximately 40lbs of muscle. With Mir now facing JDS for the title, former champion Cain Velasquez now meets Antonio “Big-Foot” Silva. It’s unknown at this time who Silva’s previous opponent (Roy Nelson) will face.

It is the second time that Overeem has had issues with the NSAC relating to testing. Before receiving a license for his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC141 in December he missed a test due to flying to Holland to care for his sick mother. Concerns over the missed drug test and efforts to get him tested in his native country led the commission to issue a conditional license in which he was required to submit to two pre-fight tests, a fight-night test, and two random tests within six months of the fight. The license expired on Dec. 31.

Overeem’s management team Authentic Sports Management issued the statement to numerous media outlets today such as MMAfighting.com and MMAjunkie.com. You can read the full statement below:

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 incident has reshaped the UFC 146 card drastically and we hope to provide you with further updates as news become available. Anyone wondering why an elevated T/E ratio would be important should check out the excellent Dr. Johnny Benjamin piece about the subject.

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