Alistair Overeem Fails Pre-Fight Drug Test for UFC 146

Written by Tom Ngo
April 4th, 2012

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Last week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission sprung a surprise drug test on the six featured fighters appearing in UFC 146. Unfortunately for heavyweight top contender Alistair Overeem (Pictured), the results from the pop quiz revealed he had elevated levels of testosterone in his system.

According to NSAC executive director Kieth Kizer, Overeem’s “A” sample produced a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of more than 10:1. Kizer said the controversial kickboxer can request the verdict of his “B” sample, which may allow him to receive a fight license if it returned negative.

“The Demolition Man” must now appear before the commission to try and get licensed for his title scrap against champion Junior dos Santos. However, it appears highly unlikely the shootout will come to fruition given today’s news.

The NSAC allows a T/E ratio of 6:1. Just in case you were wondering, the World Anti-Doping Agency permits a 4:1 mark.

Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all passed their drug screenings with flying colors.

Overeem’s presence in Las Vegas last week was what likely prompted the NSAC’s impromptu test. The 31-year-old had some issues with his pre-fight exam for UFC 141. After clearing the air with the NSAC, the board granted him a conditional license to fight Brock Lesnar on New Year’s Eve weekend.

As part of the commission’s stipulation, Overeem would subject himself to two random tests over the next six months. Last Tuesday’s urinalysis left him with only one exam remaining on that commitment.

UFC 146 goes down May 26th inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada. No word on who might serve as Overeem’s substitute to challenge dos Santos for his freshly-minted crown. However, Mir has emerged as the early front-runner.

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