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Alistair Overeem Granted Conditional License to Fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 141

Written by Tom Ngo
December 12th, 2011
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem

As previously reported, the Nevada State Athletic Commission requested to have a conversation with Alistair Overeem (Pictured) on Monday.

The trusty rumor mill suggested the UFC heavyweight either had complications with his UFC 141 pre-fight drug test or he was having issues getting licensed for his December 30th bout against Brock Lesnar. As it turns out, the highly-anticipated powwow involved a little bit of both.

On November 17th, the NSAC asked Lesnar and Overeem to submit out-of-competition drug exams for their top contender fight inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lesnar took his screening at a hospital and the results were negative.

Overeem, on the other hand, returned home to Holland to tend to his ailing mother on that date. Much to the commission’s dismay, four days passed until they were able to get a hold of Overeem or anyone from his camp.

“The Demolition Man” eventually took an exam in his homeland on November 23rd, but apparently it was the “wrong test.” Overeem submitted a blood screening instead of a urinalysis. Although the results came back clean, the NSAC wasn’t satisfied because it wasn’t the proper test.

They subsequently forced him to undergo the correct screening on December 7th, though those results have not returned from the lab yet.

Overeem, who wasn’t present but sworn in over the phone, denied that he tried to delay taking any drug tests and stated,”When I got the request to test myself, I took the test straight away.”

After much deliberation, which included the NSAC grilling him on the timeline of how things played out and the timing of his trip back home, the commission decided to grant Overeem a conditional license to face Lesnar.

Here are the stipulations; Overeem must get retested at an approved facility within the next 72 hours, his December 7th exam has to come back negative and Overeem will be subject to two random post-fight tests over the next six months at his expense.

If Overeem’s conditional license is revoked, word on the street is that the UFC has asked Frank Mir to be prepared to serve as a last-minute substitute.

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