Alistair Overeem breaks silence, explains elevated Testosterone levelsPosted on April 23, 2012, 09:51 AM by Anton Gurevich
Now former number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight title, Alistair Overeem, has finally released a statement in regards to his failed drug test (elevated T/E levels) at last month's UFC 146 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada,
According to Overeem, the reason behind having 14:1 T/E levels is the anti-inflammatory medication subscribed by his doctors, which was mixed with testosterone. Overeem took full responsibility for the "mistake", admitting that as an athlete, he should have been more insightful about the prescribed medication.
Alistair Overeem's official statement:
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.
Overeem has been already removed from the upcoming UFC 145 fight card in Las Vegas, Nevada, replaced by the former champion Frank Mir. The Dutchman will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission this week, on April 24th, looking to re-apply for his fighter's license.
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