Following the announcement of Alistair Overeem being replaced at UFC 146 by former champ, Frank Mir, Overeem has decided to release his side of the story. According to ‘The Reem,’ the removal was his own decision, to gain a ‘continuance’ from the commission at his upcoming hearing on Tue., Apr. 24.
The main cause of all the fallout has been due to a failed, surprise PED test that took place on March 27 after a press conference, revealing Overeem’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone level elevated to 14-to-1 . Alistair seems to have an explanation for this though, citing an anti-inflammatory that he was taking for a rib injury that had resurfaced.
I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.
I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.
I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.
Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.
I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.
Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.
With the UFC 146 card finalized, it seems Overeem has ‘missed his boat,’ as the May 26 bouts in Vegas contains majority of the top UFC heavyweight cast. Reem now loses the ability to compete with argue-ably the top five heavyweights in the sport today.
Should Overeem not receive a disciplinary one-year-suspension from the commission tomorrow, he will still need to wait months for his next top opponent, as they heal from their UFC 146 bout.