Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has finally come out in regards to his recent drug test that found elevated levels of testosterone in his system.
Through a press release sent out by his management company, Authentic Sports Management, Overeem blames the failed test on an injury, which he took an anti-inflammatory for to heal.
“The Reem” also says he withdrew from the planned May main event with Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title to focus on his upcoming meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.
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.
Overeem’s future with the UFC seems murky at best right now, as UFC president Dana White was upset following the failed drug test because Overeem had promised him he could pass any test issued at any time. However, White’s also been a firm believer in second – and third – chances, so this issue of apology could be just what Overeem needed to do to keep his job.
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