Alistair Overeem denies intentional testosterone use in statement regarding failed drug test

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Disgraced UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has finally decided to give his side of the story relating to a recently failed drug test where the hulking Dutchman was shown to have an elevated level of testosterone in his system. While most fans and media members assumed the result related to testosterone replacement therapy it turns out such was not the case after all, as Overeem has claimed he had no idea he was using testosterone to begin with.

“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,” explained Overeem in an official press release. “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.”

Overeem was scheduled to fight Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight title at UFC 146 but has since been replaced by Frank Mir.

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Though the 31-year old may not have been fully accountable for his actions he was certainly apologetic, writing, “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.”

Overeem’s statement comes a day before he is set to meet with the NSAC to address the matter. He cannot be suspended by the regulatory board, as he is not currently licensed with him, though it is possible (even likely) he will be denied licensure in Nevada for an extended period of time.

Read below for Overeem’s statement in its entirety:

“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.”

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE


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