Don’t close the cage door on Alistair Overeem’s (Pictured) participation in UFC 146 just yet. According to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer, the heavyweight top contender filed his application for a fight license late last week.
The controversial kickboxer is scheduled to stand before the commission at 9AM PT on April 24th to explain the elevated levels of testosterone discovered in his system from a surprise drug test administered on March 27th.
Last week, the NSAC reported Overeem’s ‘A’ sample registered a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14:1, which is more than double the legal limit permitted by Nevada’s governing body.
Kizer confirmed that neither Overeem nor his representatives have requested to have the results from his ‘B’ sample prior to the meeting.
Overeem & Co. will have their work cut out for them in trying to obtain a license to challenge champion Junior dos Santos for his crown at UFC 146. In addition to his latest mishap, Overeem also experienced 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. His first urinalysis didn’t work out too well.
UFC 146 takes place May 28th inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White told the Wrestling Observer that they won’t announce a replacement for Overeem until after the April 24th hearing.