“I’m now the most tested fighter in the sport. I will be tested four times in three weeks, and then at least twice more in the next six months in addition to any testing for my next fight. I have had people – I will politely call them ‘haters’ – accuse me of taking steroids since I was a 185-lb. kickboxer at the age of 17. When I was 20, I’ve fought at a weight of 222 lbs. I am now aged 31, and weigh 35 lbs. more. I don’t think 35 lbs is too much to grow in 11 years from a 20-year-old to 31-year-old. Facts are, I have been tested with the commission numerous times before when I fought in the U.S. and got tested in Japan. I always passed any testing, so hopefully now with these next tests coming and the fact of me being the most tested fighter in the sport, the critics may be satisfied. And if not, well, that’s not my problem, that is their problem.
Someone in an interview this week asked me if Brock is stronger than me. Maybe he is, but that’s not important. We are not having a weightlifting competition or a wrestling match, we are in the Octagon fighting MMA where there are more factors in play then just who is stronger and wrestling. The more I think it will end in the first round. We both like to finish fights quickly so people don’t blink because it might be over in seconds. Brock Lesnar is one of the best wrestlers out there, but he has a weakness which I can capitalize on. His biggest weakness is my biggest strength – I’m the better striker, that’s for sure. I am fully prepared. Brock is a very straightforward fighter. Look at his fights, you know right away what he is about: takedowns and ground and pound. There’s nothing unique or tricky about his style. It just so happens he is very good at that thing he does. I don’t think that is good enough to beat me. I respect him, but I don’t think he faced a fighter of my caliber as a mixed martial artist.”
In a recent blog posting at YahooSports! , UFC 141 main event fighter, Alistair Overeem talks about the recent distractions regarding his PED testing with the NSAC and his critics who think he must be on the juice.
Last week many thought that the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion would be removed from his main event fight against Brock Lesnar due to not complying with the commissions testing requirements, however, the NSAC took it easy on the big man from Holland and offered up a conditional license to fight on the UFC’s year-end card.
Now the most tested man in MMA has something to prove to his critics, he wants to prove that after a gauntlet of passed PED tests that he is not using illegal substances and that his massive frame is a 100% natural product of hard work and dedication to his craft.
With Steroids able to leave your system in a timeframe of 3-10 days, does it matter that Overeem is taking the tests with prior notice and time to clean or will a passed result appease the masses and get off his case for being a user.
The man, after all, has never tested positive.