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Thursday, 02/28/2013, 10:01 pm

Overeem’s Testosterone Levels Are Dangerously Low | UFC NEWS

Earlier this week, it was reported that Alistair Overeem’s supplemental blood test following UFC 156 brought back results not many expected: his testosterone levels were low.  The tests indicated his testosterone at 179 nanograms per deciliter, a number significantly lower than the normal 400 ng/dL.

As MMAFighting.com reported, however, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Keith Kizer, expected this result.  During Overeem’s nine-month suspension following his failed drug test last spring he sent the NSAC results from blood and urine tests.  The blood tests consistently indicated a testosterone level near 180 ng/dL.  Because of this, Kizer stated, “we would have had a problem if the test came back at 400,” because Overeem had demonstrated his natural testosterone levels are low.

On the positive side, Overeem’s results are seemingly clear indication that he fought and trained without the use of any performance enhancing drugs.  On the negative side, however, these levels are very low, especially for a 260 lb man who fights for a living.  Testosterone levels below 400 ng/dL for an average male could cause a decrease in muscle mass, fatigue and a decrease in red blood cells, all of which obviously reduce a body’s ability to meet the demands of training and fighting.  Given his KO loss to Antonio Silva in the beginning of February, low testosterone could explain Overeem gassing after a great first two rounds.

There are plenty of speculations as to the cause of Overeem’s low testosterone.  Looking past the failed test last spring (which Overeem claimed was an unintentional result of an injection to heal a rib injury), Overeem has transformed dramatically since he fought at middleweight in Pride.  His massive physique and the significant improvement to his professional record has always left fans a little skeptical of PED’s.  If Overeem elects to apply for testosterone replacement therapy, we can expect to see a pretty vocal response from MMA fans.

To date, Overeem has yet to respond to the results.  He posted to Twitter today, “Back at it,” suggesting that he has begun his training camp for his upcoming UFC 160 fight against Junior Dos Santos in May.

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