It wasn’t a false alarm, however Alistair Overeem was granted a conditional license by the NSAC to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 this evening.
It wasn’t easy getting there though. As one rumor suggested, the whole situation arose from Alistair Overeem missing a random drug test because he left the US last month to train in Holland.
Long story short, the NSAC stated that they requested a random drug test from both Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar on Nov. 17, however they didn’t hear back from Overeem’s camp for four days. Overeem contended that he booked a flight back to Holland on Nov. 15, left on Nov. 17 (same day they requested the test), but didn’t hear about it before he left that night.
Upon notification, Overeem explained that he took a blood test in Holland on Nov. 23, which came back clean, but the NSAC said it was wrong test and should have been an observed urinalysis. Overeem then took the right test on Dec. 7, but the results haven’t come back yet.
“When I got the request to test myself, I took the test straight away,” Overeem, who is currently in his native Holland, tending to his ailing mother, told the commission via phone. “I went to the doctor, and he had me steroid tested. I went in for the results, which took 10 days. When I finally got the results, I submitted them, and I thought that that should be sufficient for the commission. But after a couple of days, I received notice that it was not sufficient, and I needed to do more testing. So I went back to the doctor straight away and I had my second test done with the full parameters that was provided by the NSAC, and that was taken last Wednesday, Dec. 7. The results of the test are due seven to 10 days from Dec. 7, so I’m expecting them this week.”
The NSAC expressed doubt that the Dec. 7 test even took place. Furthermore, Overeem claimed that both tests were done through his “sports doctor,” which led the commission to question why they weren’t administered by an independent lab. Overeem explained that it was the first time he had to do a full panel steroid test in Holland and had difficulty finding an appropriate lab to administer it.
“In Holland, you go to the doctor to request a test, and then you get permission to go to a facility, or the doctor can take your specimen for you,” Overeem said. “Because that was not a full panel test, which I learned (later) because it was the first time I ever went through this procedure, we had to look for other options. Because this is the first time I’ve done this; I’ve never done a full panel steroid test in Holland, and the doctors here also did not know where we could do that. So my doctor made some calls and researched the subject. We found that we could do the testing in Germany in a laboratory, and there also it seems there were some complications.
“In Europe, a drug testing cannot be done by an athlete himself. It has to be requested by an organization. So for me, it’s pretty hard to test myself here, and I’ve learned by going through this procedure because I’ve never gone through this procedure before.”
It was a long and confusing meeting and didn’t look good for The Reem at first, but ultimately the commission decided to grant Overeem a conditional license provided he submit and pass observed urine test in Europe in the next 72 hours as well as another test when he arrives in the US for the fight. Overeem will also be subjected to two additional random drug tests within a six month period following the fight.
Bottom line: As long as Overeem passes two more pre-fight urine tests, he will be allowed to fight Brock Lesnar on Dec. 30 at UFC 141. So for now at least, the fight is still on.
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