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Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012

Report: NSAC Denies Alistair Overeem License, Out of Action Until Late December

UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem. Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

By FCF Staff

Alistair Overeem could spend the remainder of 2012 on the sidelines, following the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision today to deny the heavyweight a license to compete. As a result of a recent drug test which reportedly indicated that the fighter had elevated levels of testosterone-to-epitestosterone, Overeem will not be able to re-apply for a license until December 27th.

According to reports from MMA Junkie and MMA Weekly, although Overeem’s appeal for a continuance and a conditional license was denied, the NSAC decided to reduce the usual one year hold on reapplying for a license to nine months.

Overeem and his camp have said that the fighter’s elevated T/E ratio was due to a mixture of medications he was prescribed for a nagging rib injury, and that further, the fighter was unaware that they contained testosterone.

The former Strikeforce champion’s suspension has been backdated to when his pre UFC 146 test was administered on March 27th.

In keeping with standard practice, the NSAC has reportedly informed Overeem that they expect the fighter to refrain from attempting to compete in other jurisdictions.

Although Overeem cannot reapply for a license until December 27th, the UFC could attempt to license the fighter for the promotion’s annual year end event.

Overeem had been scheduled to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26th, until he failed the aforementioned drug test, which was part of the conditional license he received to fight Brock Lesnar last December.

Former champion Frank Mir has been moved in as a replacement to face dos Santos.







posted by FCF Staff @ 5:32 pm
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