After failing a pre-fight drugs test a few weeks ago and then being taken off the UFC 146 fight card at the weekend, Alistair Overeem has finally broken his silence on the matter.

In a statement released on the eve of a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Overeem claims that it was he who made the decision to withdraw from UFC 146 which has lead to Frank Mir now taking his place against Junior Dos Santos.

For the first time Overeem also attempts to explain why he tested well beyond the limits for testosterone during a random drugs test recently, stating that this was due to an anti-inflammatory medication which just happened to have testosterone in it that he was taking to help clear up a rib injury.

Read Overeem’s 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.”