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Monday, Apr 23, 2012

Report: Alistair Overeem Cites Prescription Medication for High T/E Ratio


By FCF Staff

One day before Alistair Overeem is set to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to explain why he tested for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, the decorated fighter has broken his silence.

According to a press release from his representatives Authentic Sports Management, Overeem is reportedly citing a prescription medication he took as the reason for the failed pre-UFC 146 test.

In the reported statement Overeem says the following:

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.

Overeem was scheduled to fight UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos on May 26th, however, according to the NSAC the fighter’s pre-fight drug test revealed a T/E ration of 14/1.

The allowed limit in Nevada is 6/1.

As a result, Overeem has apparently withdrawn from the May 26th card and will appear in front of the commission tomorrow to explain the test resuts.

Over the weekend UFC President Dana White confirmed that Frank Mir will fight dos Santos instead.

Due to the fact Overeem is currently not licensed to compete in Nevada he cannot be suspended by the NSAC, however, the UFC and other jurisdictions will likely honor the commission’s decision if the fighter cannot secure a license.


posted by FCF Staff @ 11:09 am
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