Alistair Overeem will face Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141 later this month as long as he passes two pre-fight drug tests, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled Monday as it granted Overeem a conditional license that also requires two post-fight tests.
Rumors surfaced after UFC 140 on Saturday night that Overeem was in danger of being removed from the UFC 141 main event over issues with his pre-fight drug test and could be replaced by Frank Mir. The issue turned out to be a delay in when and where the test was taken after Overeem left his Las Vegas camp to be with his ill mother in The Netherlands.
The NSAC requested out-of-competition tests for Overeem and Lesnar on Nov. 17 and both fighters faced issues submitting them quickly. Lesnar completed his test on Nov. 21 and passed, while Overeem was tested on Nov. 23, but was given a blood test that, while clean, did not fulfill the requirements. Overeem submitted a second, urine test to his personal “sports doctor” on Dec. 7 that has not yet come back.
While Overeem faced questions over the timing of the tests, the NSAC voted to license him to fight Lesnar if he passes a test taken in Europe in the next 72 hours and another when he returns to the United States. Overeem will also have to past two tests in the six months after the fight to keep his license.
The meeting also saw the NSAC assign Mario Yamasaki to referee Lesnar vs. Overeem at UFC 141.
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Pictured: Alistair Overeem