By Derek Ciapala,

On Wednesday, April 4, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) confirmed that heavyweight Alistair Overeem had tested positive for elevated testosterone when he was recently screened following a press conference for UFC 146.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency considers anything above a 4-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio to be a positive test. The NSAC confirmed that Overeem's ratio exceeded 10-1 T/E. Overeem can request to have his "B" sample tested, or he can go before the NSAC and explain why his testosterone levels were elevated in hopes of getting licensed for his UFC 146 fight.

I must confess that I'm at a loss for words with the Overeem situation. It doesn't shock me that he tested positive, but when he worked out his issues with the NSAC last year, I hoped all of the suspicions surrounding him would finally go away. Yet now there's no way that anyone will give him the benefit of the doubt again.

One thing fans should understand is that Overeem didn't pop positive for steroids, which is something many people have suspected him of abusing for years. Instead, it was his testosterone levels that were heightened. I believe this is something that athletes can use to explain away a positive test.

Steroids are drugs that athletic commissions can specifically identify in tests. Testosterone is a bit more undefined. Fighters can inject themselves with testosterone and know they it will exit their bodies quickly. Therefore, it's harder for athletic commissions to catch someone abusing the hormone. With this in mind, I think Overeem's positive test raises suspicions about his entire career.

There are still going to be people out there who defend Overeem. However, perception is reality. Overeem had issues with the NSAC prior to his 2011 fight with Brock Lesnar. That aroused suspicion that he had either popped positive or would test positive if given a random drug test. There's no proof that he's done anything in the past, but it's hard to ignore the fact that Overeem used to fight at 205 pounds. Now he's a massive heavyweight who could easily make super-heavyweight.

It's too early to tell what will happen with Overeem, but if his UFC fight with Junior Dos Santos is cancelled, I think Zuffa should consider firing him. The organization has to make a stand against performance enhancing drugs at some point. With the heavyweight division stronger than it's been in years, the UFC can risk sending the rest of its athlete's a message. Cheating isn't acceptable in MMA.

Derek Ciapala has been following MMA since the days when Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought in the octagon. You can follow him on Twitter @dciapala.

Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Brazilian Commission Says Cortney Casey 'Forged Injury' from Illegal Kick | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 38 views

Cortney Casey claimed she was the victim of an illegal head kick. The Brazilian athletic commission claimed she was faking it. read news >>

Darren Stewart Blasts Brazilian Commission for Being Biased | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

After the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission overturned his debut UFC victory, Darren Stewart accused CABMMA officials of being biased. read news >>

UFC statement on Rashad Evans

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC has been notified by the Ontario Athletic Commission that it has declined to approve a license for middleweight Rashad Evans, based on the recent medical issue that prohibited him from competing read news >>

Mayweather Promotions CEO: Conor McGregor's boxing license means nothing

  • 8 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC champion Conor McGregor was issued a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday. So what, says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>

Conor McGregor petitions Nevada court for judicial review of NSAC suspension

  • 2 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor petitions Nevada court for judicial review of NSAC fine

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Nick Diaz and Nevada Athletic Commission Reach Agreement | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 38 views

Nick Diaz and the Nevada Athletic Commission have reach an agreement that will allow the Stockton native to compete again and/or serve as a cornerman. read news >>

Conor McGregor Challenging NSAC Fine Stemming from UFC 202 Press Conference

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Conor McGregor $150,000 for his conduct at a pre-fight press conference in advance of UFC 202, but the UFC lightweight champion is reportedly challenging th read news >>

Rashad Evans Rebukes Athletic Commission Health Concerns | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 78 views

Despite being denied a license to fight twice in a two-week span, Rashad Evans issued a statement rebuking athletic commission health concerns. read news >>

Darren Stewart's UFC Fight Night 100 TKO of Francimar Barroso flipped to no-contest by Brazil commission

  • 17 days ago
  • 31 views

The opening bout of this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 100 event in Brazil had plenty of controversy. Now it no longer has a winner.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>