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Alistair Overeem: The Pee Test Heard ‘Round the World

Written by Tom Ngo
May 13th, 2010
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For some odd reason, human urine has unequivocally become the hottest topic in MMA. Last week it was Lyoto Machida’s father, Yoshizo, making waves with his impromptu chugging of his own lemonade. Now, the pee-pee talk has shifted towards a certain Strikeforce heavyweight champ that has inflated to epic proportions.

“People can talk a lot, but after this fight I will be like any other fighter. I will take any test that is required of me,” Overeem told ESPN.com of proving his innocence. “When I pass the tests I know it’s going to shut a lot of people up. If they want to keep talking after that, they can go right ahead, because I ain’t listening anyway.”

Much has been made of Overeem’s immediate exit from the U.S. after capturing the Strikeforce heavyweight title back in November 2007. Not only has he not been back to defend his crown, he turned into The Incredible Hulk during the process which has many, ahem Team Fedor Emelianenko, questioning the legitimacy behind achieving that kind of natural growth in such a short period of time.

“I’m not occupied with that at all; I’m just focused on myself and my fights,” Overeem stated. “When I became Strikeforce champion, the promotion wasn’t as big as it is now. There weren’t any opponents that I could face, so I didn’t fight [in the United States].

“Then other offers came from overseas, [particularly] from Japan. Last year, when Strikeforce did grow into the big organization it is today, we sat down and negotiated a new contract. Then I suffered a staph infection in my left hand … after I recovered I had other obligations with K-1. I wanted to defend my Strikeforce title, and if it wasn’t for my staph infection I would have.”

Overeem makes his stateside return Saturday at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” against Brett Rogers. The title will finally be up for grabs despite the fact Rogers is coming off his first professional loss (Please See: Fedor 2ndRound TKO on CBS). Although the former Sam’s Club employee is grateful for the opportunity to compete for the strap, he too is puzzled by Overeem’s overly-chiseled physique.

“I’m a big guy myself, but I know I’m not going to blow up that much in that short amount of time,” Rogers told Sherdog.com. “It’s questionable to me. Hopefully, the athletic director and the commission can resolve that.”

Overeem is a 3-to-1 favorite to retain his strap inside the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri, however that’s not the result most fans will be interested in hearing about.

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