By Red Mattos:
Overeem Hearing Application – for a license to compete in the state of Nevada.
The NSAC announced Overeem’s failed drug test on April 4th; the UFC applied for a license on April 6th.
The commission first turned to Dr. Kizer, asking him to explain the results of the drug test. “The test was positive for elevated ratio over 10-1, more specific 14 -1. The level of acceptable T/E ratio is 6 -1.” They then asked Dr.Kizer if he had any discussions with Alistair prior to the test? He did not.
According to Kizer: “UFC informed fighters before that I would collect samples after fighters. Overeem left after the fight, came back, or he would be treated as a positive test.”
Overeem contradicted this story. He says he didn’t know about the testing and came right back when he was notified. Overeem says he left because he was tipped off that he would be served by Golden Glory and he was worried they would make a scene.
Overeem says he first took the injection, which he believed was anti-inflammatory, on Jan. 1st. It was believed to help alleviate pain. That’s what caused the spike. No indication that it contained any prohibited substance. It was not done as performance enhancer but to battle an injury.
Overeem’s lawyer states that, “We will turn over the vial to you. It says ‘anti-inflammatory.’ No indication on vial it contains prohibited substance.” Overeem brought the vile with him. “Mr. Overeem took some time to figure out what caused the spike in levels. Since he didn’t know what he was injecting himself with.”
When asked if he would reappear before the commission if a continuance was granted, Overeem responded by saying, “Fighting is my life. It’s what I do; it’s what I do best.” He also stated that he would not attempt to apply to any other state if the continuance was granted.
Sadly, their motion for continuance was denied. Not a good start for team Overeem. One of the reasons was stated as “closure in public’s best interest.”
Dr. Molina was sworn in for testing. He admitted that testosterone was included in the mixture that he gave Overeem. But he insisted that it was to “promote faster healing” and was insufficient to raise his T/E levels and give him an anabolic advantage. The Dr. was visibly very uncomfortable being questioned. He couldn’t recall if he told Overeem what was in the mixture or not, after stating that he never told him.
His lawyer spoke again, repeating that “Alistair has voluntarily withdrawn from a big fight out of respect for his body and the fans. Alistair had no reason to knowing ingest testosterone for performance enhancing purposes. Even if he did it, why would he document it? He never asked anyone to conceal anything.”
After a bit of back and forth the Commission decided on a nine month period of time before he could reapply for a license. The period starts on March 27th, the date the actual drug test was taken.
This probably comes as a surprise to no one. Still, what’s next for Overeem and the UFC?
I’ll end this with the advice Overeem’s attorney gave at the very beginning of the hearing. “You either tell the truth or you keep your mouth shut.”
We have the full hearing video on page two for your review.