Somehow between his training, caring for his ailing mother, dealing with the NSAC and flying to London just to pee in a cup, Alistair Overeem still managed to find time this week to pen his weekly UFC 141 blog post for Yahoo! Sports.
Overeem talked a little bit about Brock Lesnar at the end, but it was mostly about his ordeal with the NSAC earlier this week. It was surely a distraction, but Overeem says he’s managed to see the bright side of it.
The issue was over a random drug test requirement – which I didn’t know about until I came to Holland – and I understand it from their side. The fact is, they didn’t get what they needed when they needed it. I am happy to have got my license under the conditions the commissioners set out. I am also happy they accepted and stated on the record that there was no attempt by myself to avoid any test.
I always try – and sometimes you can’t – but 99 percent of the time I manage to mentally turn things around to a positive. And on the positive side of all of this, I now know that if I train in Holland for a UFC fight again, I will need to go to England to do a test because the medical rules in Holland are too different to those in Nevada. It also helps me make my mind up to train in the US for my next UFC fight as long as I don’t have the same family issues to consider like I do right now.
The NSAC ultimately decided to grant Overeem a conditional license provided he take a test now, another one when he lands in the US for the fight and two more random tests after UFC 141. Overeem hopes the additional testing will silence the “haters” now that he’s “the most tested fighter in the sport.”
Another positive is that I’m now the most tested fighter in the sport. I will be tested four times in three weeks, and then at least twice more in the next six months in addition to any testing for my next fight.
I have had people – I will politely call them ‘haters’ – accuse me of taking steroids since I was a 185-lb. kickboxer at the age of 17. When I was 20, I’ve fought at a weight of 222 lbs. I am now aged 31, and weigh 35 lbs. more. I don’t think 35 lbs is too much to grow in 11 years from a 20-year-old to 31-year-old.
Facts are, I have been tested with the commission numerous times before when I fought in the U.S. and got tested in Japan. I always passed any testing, so hopefully now with these next tests coming and the fact of me being the most tested fighter in the sport, the critics may be satisfied. And if not, well, that’s not my problem, that is their problem.
Well, Overeem is probably right about one thing. No matter how many tests he passes, some people are always going to believe he’s on something. And it’s hard to blame them when the “basic steroid panel” mandated by the NSAC doesn’t even test for all the various PED’s out there these days.
I will say this about Overeem though. Whether he’s on something or not, he sure does speak with a lot of conviction when he addresses the allegations. If he’s lying about it, he’s been doing a damn good job of it.