Earlier today heavyweight Alistair Overeem and his team did their best to convince the NSAC to issue a continuance relating to his hit for testosterone use, allowing them to further build their case, but were unanimously denied by the regulatory board and thus forced to address the issue in the hearing.
As expected, Overeem explained his T:E ratio was thrown off by a doctor prescribed medication he ingested as an anti-inflammatory to deal with an injury, not knowing the substance contained testosterone. The physician was also on hand at the proceedings and did not dispute Overeem’s story though did state he recalled having told Overeem what was in the mixture he used.
After all sides had spoken the NSAC ruled to deny Overeem a conditional license and will not approve him for competition in the State until December 27 (nine months from the date of the drug test). While Overeem could still get licensed elsewhere, athletic commissions have historically worked together when it comes to issues regarding fighters being punished.
No comment has come from the UFC or Dana White on Overeem’s status since the NSAC’s decision.
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