UFC president Dana White awoke to some delightful news this morning. White was so ecstatic about what he had heard that he even issued one of his infamous, yet cryptic, ‘ : ) ‘ tweets before elaborating on his jovial state.
It appears heavyweight Alistair Overeem (Pictured) has passed his pre-fight drug test, officially green-lighting his UFC 141 shootout against Brock Lesnar.
“Overeem is ready to go!!! Lesnar vs Overeem is on!” White tweeted.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports the December 7th urinalysis conducted by Overeem’s personal doctor was returned to him untested, but the exam run on December 14th in the UK came back negative for “prohibited substances.”
Last Monday, Overeem was granted a conditional license from the NSAC. It was under the assumption that his 12/7 urinalysis would return clean, he would get retested at an approved facility within the next 72 hours and would subject himself to two random post-fight tests over the next six months at his expense.
On November 17th, the NSAC asked Lesnar and Overeem to submit out-of-competition drug exams for their December 30th fight. Lesnar took his screening at a hospital and the results were negative. Overeem, on the other hand, hopped a plane back to Holland and underwent “the wrong test.”
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champ submitted a blood exam instead of a urinalysis, which ignited all sorts of unnecessary drama. Thankfully for White and the thousands of fans that have already purchased seats for the show, there will be no need to scramble for a last-second substitute.
UFC 141 takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The heavyweight top contender scrap headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.