Former K-1 Grand Prix and Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and current number one contender to the heavyweight title Alistair Overeem has failed a random drugs test it was announced today. Overeem along with all other main card fighters were tested at a press conference in Nevada to promote the UFC 146 pay per view and ‘The Demolition Man’s’ sample came back showing an elevated level of testosterone, a result that indicates the illegal use of testosterone as a performance enhancing substance.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Director Keith Kizer told MMA Junkie that the fighter can request for a test on the ‘B’ sample to be carried out but unless that comes back negative Overeem would almost certainly not be licensed for his eagerly anticipated bout against Junior Dos Santos. The situation is complicated by the controversy surrounded his fight with Brock Lesnar back at UFC 141 where Overeem was only licensed after missing his pre-fight drugs test on the condition that he be tested three times after his fight with the former UFC Champion. Overeem was always going to have to request a fresh license from Nevada to fight at UFC 146 on the basis of those tests, the first of which was completed after his victory on December 30th. It seems that the man who can claim to be the lineal heavyweight champion of the world has fallen at the second hurdle and so confirmed the doubts about him that many held during his recent run of success.