Alistair Overeem has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone / epitestosterone following an unexpected drugs test taken during the recent UFC 146 press conference in Las Vegas.
The current UFC heavyweight No.1 contender was amongst six fighters chosen to be tested on the day, and in his ‘a’ test his T/E ratio was over 10/1, far beyond the normal 6/1 limit.
As a result Overeem’s title fight against current heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos which was set to headline the UFC 146 event on May 26th looks likely to be scrapped, though Overeem did take a ‘b’ drug test sample and if that were to emerge as a ‘negative’ then he could still fight.
Responding to today’s shock news UFC president Dana White was clearly angered by the news.
“I am beyond pissed about this. I’m so F*ckin’ mad right now I can’t even begin…” White said in a media call held as the news broke today.
“The worst part is that he sat in front of us and lied to us. How f*ckin’ stupid do you have to be? Seriously dumb. Anybody who’s using [PED’s] right now is an absolute f*ckin’ moron.
“It’s beyond – what’s the word I’m looking for – it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute f*ckin’ dummy. It goes beyond a guy have any common sense whatsoever.”
Rumors of steroid abuse have surrounded Overeem for years since he suddenly bulked up from light-heavyweight to heavyweight while fighting almost exclusively in Japan, upgrading from a relatively lean 205lb’er to a super-hero style muscular 265lb physique.
Overeem always denied that he was taking anything illegal however, and indeed he has since fought in the U.S a number of times and passed all the pre-fight drugs tests that he was required to.
However, suspicions arose again late last year when Overeem missed a pre-fight drugs test in Las Vegas for his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.
It emerged that the fighter had suddenly returned to his native Holland just days before the test despite only having arrived to live and train in the U.S weeks earlier.
In the end a hearing took place over the matter where Overeem claimed that he had left the country to attend to his mother who was battling cancer, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission agreed to let him fight if he undertook a number of pre and post-fight drug tests.
He agreed to do so, and up until this point he had passed all the required tests he had been given.
Today’s news is a major blow for the UFC with Overeem having looked like being a potential superstar for the promotion and someone who could help fill the void left by Brock Lesnar who retired from the sport after being beaten by the Dutchman in December.
It also looks bad for the sport in general, particularly as MMA has already been the center of a number of other drug test controversies in recent times, with Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt, Nick Diaz, ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos all having tested positive for one substance or another within in the last 18 months or so.