Even though reality of UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem making his return to the Octagon before year’s end seems unlikely, the 32-year old Dutchman is doing his best to facilitate the process in hopes of putting his current drug-related suspension behind him as quickly as possible. Overeem recently went on Twitter to announce his interest in competing on the UFC’s NYE Weekend event and has since followed up by undergoing a voluntary screening to help prove he’s clean.
Overeem is currently out until December 27 after showing an elevated T:E ratio in his system leading up to a title-fight with Junior dos Santos. The increased amount of testosterone was linked to an anti-inflammatory mixture he received from his doctor containing the substance.
“I’m doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC,” wrote Overeem. “And to let Junior know I am a clean fighter. I’m all natural Junior and I am coming for you.”
Dos Santos has been extremely critical of Overeem since the failed test, questioning his credentials as a legitimate fighter and pointing to Cain Velasquez as being a more-deserving contender despite only having won a single fight since dropping the championship this past November.
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