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Alistair Overeem Releases Statement Regarding UFC 146 and His Pre-Fight Drug Test

Nearly three weeks after the news came out that Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, Overeem and his reprepresentatives have released an official statement regarding the drug test and his decision to withdraw from UFC 146. He was scheduled to challenge Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title at the May 26th event in Las Vegas.

Overeem’s drug test came back with testosterone levels of 14:1, more than twice the legally allowed limit of 6:1 in the state of Nevada. This immediately put the state of the championship fight between he and dos Santos in jeopardy. Several fighters, including Frank Mir, volunteered to replace Overeem if he was forced off the card. It was expected that the UFC would wait until Overeem’s status was announced following his scheduled meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission tomorrow. However, because Overeem decided to withdraw from the bout, the UFC went ahead and officially replaced him with Mir.

Here is Overeem’s statement regarding the case:

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.


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