Though UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has been silent in the wake of testing positive for an elevated level of testosterone, the devastating Dutchman will have to address the matter on April 24 when he appears in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to address their findings. On the line at the meeting will be Overeem’s ability to get licensed, his reputation, and a May 26 title-fight against current champion Junior dos Santos.
The date of the hearing was confirmed by NSAC executive Keith Kizer on The MMA Show.
Overeem was subjected to a drug screening along with five of the other heavyweights scheduled to compete at UFC 146, ultimately showing more than twice the allowable T/E ratio in his system. “The Demolition Man” has been plagued by rumors of steroid use since bulking up from a light heavyweight but had never had a positive hit for illegal drug use prior to this past week.
If Overeem is unable to convince the NSAC to let him off the hook or provide a clean “B” sample he will pulled from the bout with Dos Santos, possibly even being released by the UFC as a result. No potential replacement has been named.
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