Alistair Overeem Breaks His Silence | UFC News
By Jamie McAllister
Alistair Overeem in an interview with "UFC Tonight"
Overeem firstly talks about how he felt when he initially tested positive.
"When I had the positive test result, I didn't know why that was and I didn't want to talk about something that I didn't know about," said Overeem, who was speaking via satellite from Davie, Fla. "By the time we researched it, I had just gotten out of this situation in front of the commission. To avoid, if we were going to do all the questions which come from the media, that's not going to solve the situation, especially if you didn't know where it comes from or what you're talking about."
"I didn't think that was the right thing to do. So we decided to do research, stay quiet, when we did have the research done we went in front of the commission and we explained our side of the story."
Overeem explained his side of the story at the NSAC meeting on April 24 in Las Vegas where he admitted he had taken anti-inflammatory shots from a Texas doctor, Hector Oscar Molina without knowing what was in the shots.
When asked what caused the high testosterone ratio by "UFC Tonight" Overeem explained again what he told the commission.
"Like I explained in front of the commission, this was due to medication I received from a licensed doctor, due to injury," he said. "This caused a spike in my T-E ratio, and, yeah, I did it, took responsibility for it, stepped away from a title fight, and now I'm slowly building up the confidence with the commission by doing random tests, monthly tests, to show that I am a clean fighter, this is my to prove that I am legit."
UFC President Dana White has been very vocal about his disappointment in Overeem stating he would not deal with him in future and Overeem says he has still not spoken to Dana.
"I have not spoken to Dana personally," he said. "I mean, Dana is a busy man, he's got a company to run and fans to take care of. Basically, I respect Dana, I'm going to convince Dana through my actions I am a legit fighter and do the random tests. I'm very sure that this situation cannot happen again."
Overeem has taken the initiative to undergo his own testing but has not yet revealed any details of results of tests, who will be overseeing testing and the location of testing. Overeem plans to do this to prove he is clean.
"What I want to show the world is that I am a clean fighter, I'll do these tests on my own. One test doesn't say anything. If I do these tests every 3-4 weeks, then you prove to everyone that you are clean, the medical staff is observing you taking the test, so there's no foul play involved. … What I'm hoping to acheive is that I can prove to the world that I ama clean fighter. I'm doing it for myself as well as for the fans. For me, myself, my fans, for the commission, I am a clean fighter."
Overeem has his sights set on a bout with Junior Dos Santos when he returns and wants to thank the fans who have supported him.
"I know I have a lot of support and would like to take the opportunity to thank fans who have voiced that support, emails, tweets from people all over the world from people who say they want to see me back in there," said Overeem. "For you guys, I'm training every day to improve my game. When I'm back in there, hopefully in December, hopefully for the title, I'm going to show the world I'm No. 1."