As expected, Alistair Overeem will not compete at UFC 146, but in his first statement since failing a drug screen on March 27, the Dutch heavyweight promised to return to the Octagon “soon.”

Through Authentic Sports Management, Overeem on Monday officially announced his withdrawal from UFC 146. The former Strikeforce heavyweight king was scheduled to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday but has instead elected to request a postponement of that hearing.

“I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved,” Overeem said in the statement. “I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.

“I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs,” he continued. “I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.”

Following a pre-fight press conference to promote UFC 146, six fighters scheduled to compete on the card -- Overeem, dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva -- were tested randomly. While the other five competitors’ tests came back negative, Overeem submitted a sample with a testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of 14-to-1, more than double the allowable ratio of 6-to-1.

In his statement, Overeem blames the result on a prescribed medication he took to treat an injury he suffered before the March 27 press conference.

“Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone,” Overeem said. “I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.”

For a while, it appeared as though the UFC was going to wait on Overeem’s originally scheduled April 24 hearing before making decisions regarding the May 26 card, but on Friday night Dana White announced on Twitter that Frank Mir would take Overeem’s spot against dos Santos in the UFC 146 main event. The main card shuffling continued on Sunday, as it was determined that Silva would move to the co-main event -- the spot Mir had vacated -- to take on Velasquez.

Overeem became the No. 1 contender at UFC 141, when he defeated Brock Lesnar via first-round technical knockout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Overeem had been asked to submit a pre-fight urine sample prior to that Dec. 30 bout, but he was unable to do so immediately due to travel between the United States and the Netherlands. Later, Overeem submitted a sample to an approved testing facility in the United Kingdom and was cleared to fight on the condition that he would be subjected to two random tests after that bout.

“I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead,” Overeem said. “Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Sets Attendance Record

  • 12 days ago

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm was expected to set the organization’s attendance record, and it did just that. read news >>

Ben Askren officially scratched from ONE Championship 32 after opponent misses weight

  • 14 days ago

Ben Askren waited seven months for his welterweight rematch with Luis Santos. Just hours before the fight, however, he found out it’s not going to happen.Filed under: News read news >>

Dana White Comments on Expected Gate for Rousey vs. Holm, UFC 193

  • 14 days ago

Ronda Rousey will put her undefeated record on the line at UFC 193 in Australia against Holly Holm on Saturday. According to Damon Martin of Fox Sports, the fight is anticipated to break the all-time read news >>

Energized By Fans, Ronda Rousey Embraces Her UFC 193 Moment

  • 15 days ago

On the threshold of UFC 193 and an expected record-setting crowd at Etihad Stadium for Ronda Rousey’s UFC bantamweight title defense against undefeated Holly Holm, the champion is energized and embra read news >>

Officials: Recently retired 'Cro Cop' first UFC fighter to fail USADA drug test

  • 15 days ago

Mirko Filipovic might be officially retired from MMA, but it appears “Cro Cop” will soon be suspended from competing in the sport, as well.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 193's Ronda Rousey planning break until UFC 200 so she can 'let some people miss me'

  • 15 days ago

Ronda Rousey has yet to compete at UFC 193, but she already has her post-fight plans laid out.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 193 Free Fight Video: Bigfoot Silva Knocks Out Alistair Overeem

  • 16 days ago

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva's knockout win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 earned him a heavyweight title shot. read news >>

EA Sports teases second iteration of UFC video game, details expected Tuesday

  • 17 days ago

EA Sports will be rolling out a new UFC video game, according to a social media tease by the developer.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Why UFC vet Alan Belcher decided to officially call it quits

  • 17 days ago

Middleweight Alan Belcher said he didn’t retire for the usual reasons. It was his business aspirations and the reality of a career in fighting that prompted a realization that continuing in the UFC w read news >>

With Matt Brown officially out, UFC seeks replacement (but it won't be Tyron Woodley)

  • 24 days ago

Matt Brown is officially out of this month’s UFC Fight Night 78 headliner, and a replacement search is underway. But one notable has already taken his name off the list of candidates.Filed under: New read news >>