Alistair Overeem will fight at UFC 141 as planned. | Photo: Dave
Despite plenty of speculation to the contrary in recent days, the
141 main event between Brock
Lesnar and Alistair
Overeem is still on schedule.
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted Overeem a
conditional license even though the former Strikeforce heavyweight
champion has yet to submit a satisfactory pre-fight urinalysis.
Overeem’s license was issued with three stipulations. First,
Overeem must submit an observed urine sample within 72 hours at a
NSAC-recognized facility in Europe. He will also be tested upon
arriving in the United States from the Netherlands prior to UFC
141. Finally, Overeem will be subject to two random drug tests in
the six months after his Dec. 30 bout with Lesnar.
While under oath, Overeem explained to the commission the
conditions which led to him leaving the U.S. on Nov. 17, the same
day the first sample was requested by NSAC Executive Director Keith
“I apologize for the delay,” Overeem said by phone during Monday’s
meeting. “In my case, there were three factors involved. My mother
is not doing so well, and that is why I moved my camp back to my
country. Second, because this is my first fight with the state of
Nevada and the UFC. Thirdly, because the procedures of testing in
Holland differ significantly than the procedure in the States.”
Overeem said that he was not made aware of Kizer’s request by his
assistant until he had left the country. He took his first test on
Nov. 23, six days after the initial request.
“When I got the request to test myself, I took the test straight
away,” he said. “When I got the results, I immediately submitted
them, and I thought that should be sufficient for the commission.
After a couple of days, I received notice that it was not
sufficient and I needed to do more testing. I went back to the
doctor and had my second test done, now with the full parameters
provided by the state athletic commission. This was taken last
Thursday, Dec. 7. The results are due (in) seven to 10 days, so I’m
expecting them sometime this week.”
Overeem took a blood test instead of the required urinalysis on
Nov. 23. Kizer said that the results of the blood test came back
The commission’s greatest concern on Monday was the time between
Nov. 17, the date Kizer requested a drug test, and Dec. 7, the day
Overeem finally submitted to proper testing. The K-1 veteran denied
that he had he had attempted to skirt the process.
“I did not take any effort to avoid any testing. Furthermore, I’ve
done exactly what I’ve been told to do by my assistants, who’ve
been told what to do by Mr. Kizer,” Overeem stated.
Overeem also cited a lack of familiarity with the drug testing
method of the NSAC as another reason for the delay.
“It’s really hard to test myself here, and I’ve never been through
this procedure before,” he said. “Every time I got the notice, ‘You
have to go to the doctor to get the test done,’ I went the next
Overeem was also asked about his lack of correspondence with the
UFC during the ordeal.
“In training camp, I don’t communicate with the UFC -- my
assistants do that for me,” he said.
While the commission ultimately recognized Overeem’s explanation as
honest and was sympathetic to his personal issues, it also promised
“more Draconian measures” the next time a fighter does not take a
test in the allotted time frame.
Kizer said that since the commission reinstated random,
out-of-competition testing on July 1, more than 50 mixed martial
artists have been tested, with none experiencing delays similar to
Overeem. Meanwhile, Lesnar was asked to submit a screening on the
same day as Overeem and did so on Nov. 21.