Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has had to deal with numerous accusations of steroid abuse in the past, and the fact that he had to go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier this week to explain why he missed a pre-fight drugs test in Las Vegas drew more attention to the issue.
In the end NSAC officials appeared satisfied that Overeem had valid reasons for his failure to provide a standard pre-fight urine test, with suspicions that the fighter had fled back to Holland on the day he was informed that he was to be tested being dismissed after he was able to prove he had in fact bought his ticket back to his homeland several days prior to that as he needed to care for his mother who is currently battling cancer.
NSAC still require Overeem to undergo two drug tests prior to his fight with UFC 141 fight with Brock Lesnar on December 30th, but providing there is nothing untoward their he will be allowed to fight.
With the matter now all-but resolved Overeem could have opted to stay quiet on the situation publicly, but instead has chosen to address it directly in his latest blog for Yahoo! Sports.
Read what he had to say about it below.
“I have had people – I will politely call them ‘haters’ – accuse me of taking steroids since I was a 185-lb. kickboxer at the age of 17. When I was 20, I’ve fought at a weight of 222 lbs. I am now aged 31, and weigh 35 lbs. more. I don’t think 35 lbs is too much to grow in 11 years from a 20-year-old to 31-year-old.
Facts are, I have been tested with the commission numerous times before when I fought in the U.S. and got tested in Japan. I always passed any testing, so hopefully now with these next tests coming and the fact of me being the most tested fighter in the sport, the critics may be satisfied. And if not, well, that’s not my problem, that is their problem.”