Alistair Overeem issues a statement to fightersonlymagazine.co.uk, responding to his removal from UFC 146 as well as his recently failed drug test issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
For a quick recap, Overeem failed a randomly issued drug test from the NSAC earlier this month by submitting a urine sample testing positive for elevated testosterone levels with the ratio of 14:1. According to NSAC guidelines, the maximum ratio allowed is 6:1.
Summarizing Overeem's statement, Overeem points to anti-inflammatory medication for his elevated testosterone levels and reaffirms that he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs. Overeem states that the anti-inflammatory medication was used to treat an old rib injury that was re-damaged just prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March.
Moreover he requests continued fan support and looks for an Octagon return as soon as possible.
Overeem's full statement:
"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."
"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. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.
"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. 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.
"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.
"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."