UFC NEWS – After Lengthy Deliberations Surrounding Steroid Screenings, NSAC grants Alistair Overeem A Conditional License
Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission held a hearing involving Alistair Overeem and his application for a fight license in their state for his upcoming UFC 141 main event against Brock Lesnar.
According to testimony, Alistair Overeem for one reason or another failed to submit a urine sample for his pre-fight steroid screening in a timely manner in accordance with the regulations the NSAC require. The initial request was sent out to Overeem on November 17th and due to circumstances Overeem did not undergo sufficient testing until December 7th.
It appears as if once requested by the commission he hopped on a plane to Amsterdam to tend to his ill mother who is suffering from cancer. While it is unfair to not believe Overeem on his intentions, the commission questioned him about the matter surrounding the testing due to the timing of events.
Overeem submitted both a blood and urine sample to testing labs from his home in Holland through his personal sports doctor which apparently was not OK with the commission and due to the compounding list of events they required testimony from all parties involved to determine whether or not to license the heavyweight to fight Lesnar at the end of this month.
For his part, Overeem answered all the questions delivered by the commission and seemed calm and collected throughout the process. In his opinion he thought that he was complying in a timely manner to the commission’s requests for a urine specimen.
According to testimony from both parties he has submitted more than one sample, but the problem is the timeline he submitted them, the facilities he used to collect them and the processing of the samples. The commission has yet to receive any results from these screenings.
Towards the end of the hearing one commissioner stated that their concern is whether or not he tried to avoid the testing and she point blank asked Alistair, “Have you made any efforts to try and avoid or delay the random test for steroids we have requested of you.”
His response, “I have not and furthermore I have done exactly what I have been told to do.”
The commission first motioned to give Overeem a conditional license to fight as long as the test taken on December 7th comes up negative for items of abuse. The proposed motion also stated that he must submit to a post-fight sample and get two additional test done within the next six months at his own expense.
The first motion however was denied and the commission deliberated further.
Upon final deliberation , they have agreed to license Alistair Overeem. He must submit a new urine sample within the united states pre-fight and pass as well as two additional test within the next six-month.
Overeem is now officially licensed.