Alistair Overeem to voluntarily submit drug test todayPosted on June 20, 2012, 04:01 PM by Mike Drahota
In response to Lorenzo Fertitta's announcement yesterday that Alistair Overeem's fate would be decided by the NSAC, Overeem has taken to Twitter and revealed his plans to submit a voluntary drug test today. Motivated by his removal from the title fight at UFC 146 versus Junior dos Santos, Overeem had announced that he would be fighting in December when his nine-month suspension is fulfilled. UFC co-owner Fertitta was quick to dispense any certainty of this notion, noting yesterday that his company could not afford to assume that The Reem would be back by the end of the year. Today it appears that Overeem is willing to go to great lengths to prove his eligibility to fight, stating the following via Twitter.com:
I'm doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada state athletic commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC.— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem)
It will remain to be seen if Overeem's passing of a random drug test will have any bearing on the NSAC's decision to reinstate him. However, it does show some initiative by a fighter who many have written off as a cheater since his failed test in early April. The UFC Heavyweight title is the only thing that The Reem has his sights set on, continuing with a statement directed towards current champion Junior dos Santos:
And to let junior know I am a clean fighter, I'm all natural Junior.. and I am coming for you— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem)
Today has brought some strong words from a strong man. Overeem will have his day to prove his name clean, and much of it will rest on the drug test results of the scrutinized fighter. Should Overeem be placed directly into a title fight with Junior dos Santos if he proves he truly is a clean and natural fighter this December?