Within yesterday's earth-shattering announcement regarding Alistair Overeem's positive test for elevated levels of testosterone was Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer's statement that Overeem tested higher than a 10-1 ratio.
We now know how high that is. Per MMA Fighting:
UFC No. 1 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem produced a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 14:1 in his failed urine test, Nevada state athletic commission executive director Keith Kizer told MMA Fighting on Thursday, shortly after he learned of the final result.
The average male produces a T/E ratio around 1:1. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uses a 4:1 standard for positive tests, and NSAC uses 6:1 as its cutoff, a number used by WADA up until 2006.
In comparison, Chael Sonnen tested at a 16.9:1 ratio following his memorable loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010.
So now that Alistair Overeem is likely going to be forced out of what would have been one hell of an exciting UFC heavyweight title bout against Junior dos Santos next month, who is going to step in to take his place?
Pushing a rematch with Cain Velaquez aside, the only other contender on a win streak right now would be former champion Frank Mir, who has to know that he may be asked to move from his UFC 146 clash with Velasquez to the main event at any moment now. In fact, he does. From an official statement he put out this evening:
"I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC's heavyweight title at UFC 146 if the reports released earlier today regarding Alistair Overeem failing his 'A' sample drug test are true," Mir is quoted as saying in the statement.
"I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior Dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream."
It's also interesting to note that in a response to a fan on Twitter that brought up Mir as a potential replacement for Overeem, UFC President Dana White said that he "couldn't disagree" with Mir as the answer.
“I am beyond pissed about this. The worst part is that he sat in front of us and lied to us. How (expletive) stupid do you have to be? Anybody who’s using right now is an absolute (expletive) moron. It’s beyond — what’s the word I’m looking for — it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute (expletive) dummy. It goes beyond a guy having any common sense whatsoever.”
UFC President Dana White shares his feelings with The Star-Phoenix and other Canadian news outlets on a conference call today concerning the announcement about Alistair Overeem's positive test for elevated levels of testosterone, which puts his upcoming UFC heavyweight title bout against champion Junior dos Santos in doubt.
Overeem still has a chance to redeem himself and earn a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a damn good explanation within the next few weeks. But with Dana as angry as he is, will he even give Overeem that courtesy?
UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and his upcoming heavyweight title fight against reigning UFC champion Junior dos Santos now appears to be in jeopardy.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer emailed the news to the media today. The testing was part of a random series conducted on certain fighters prior to UFC 146, which is slated for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Test results came back clean for all fighters with the exception of Overeem, whose T/E level (testosterone to epitestosterone) came back at a 10-1 level. The maximum allowable limit in the state of Nevada is 6-1.
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— Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released an estimate of pay-per-view buys for last weekend's UFC 141 event, which was headlined by Alistair Overeem sending Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO win. According to Meltzer, the official number of buys hovers somewhere in between the 750,000 and 810,000 mark, which is good news for the UFC since it has been a down year in sales. Meltzer also added that if the event took place on New Year's Eve, buys could have exceeded one million. [Bloody Elbow via F4W]
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UFC President Dana White has revealed that his organization is currently looking at summer dates for a UFC heavyweight title showdown between champion Junior dos Santos and challenger Alistair Overeem as well as a potential rematch between longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva and bitter rival Chael Sonnen.
The UFC's head honcho commented on the matchups during last night's premiere episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. According to White, the UFC is looking at holding the heavyweight title fight at some point in the summer. If Sonnen were to get past Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 later this month, the same could be said for the middleweight division's biggest grudge match.
"Hopefully, this summer. This summer is probably when it's going to go down," White said of dos Santos and Overeem. "Alistair wants to take some time off. Junior is ready but needs to get some training in. So hopefully, this summer."
Alistair Overeem and his team have released the latest episode of "The Reem" docu-series and it's a good one. Despite previous reports of troubles between Golden Glory and Overeem being shot down by both parties, it looks like Overeem has indeed left Bas Boon and friends... in favor for Xtreme Couture. Interesting to say the least.
In a surprising turn of events, Strikeforce and interim DREAM heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has announced that he has decided to part ways with Golden Glory, the Dutch kickboxing squad that has managed the K-1 champion for over a decade.
Overeem announced his plans via his Twitter account earlier today. The news comes just a week and a half after Overeem signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC.
"I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory," Overeem stated. "As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times - you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust. When differences lead to a breach of trust, there's no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship.
Just hours after Alistair Overeem revealed that he was not prepared to accept a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on September 10, the organization's heavyweight champion has been removed from the tournament altogether.
Multiple websites, including MMA Weekly and Tatame are reporting that Overeem has been removed from the tournament and replaced by undefeated AKA product Daniel Cormier, who will face Silva in place of Overeem.
Overeem appeared on "The MMA Hour" earlier today and told Ariel Helwani that he was not prepared to accept the proposed matchup because he felt there would not be enough time to adequately following his victory over Fabricio Werdum last month.
Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
"(After the Strikeforce grand prix tournament) I might go to UFC or boxing. Definitely, (I'm seriously thinking about fighting Vitali Klitschko). I think it matches my personality. I'm always looking for a challenge. That came about in fighting for K-1 and becoming K-1 champion, something nobody ever did before. It would be cool to go to boxing and beat the main guy there. If you give me a good preparation, good sparring partners, which I can arrange, I can fix that, with my background already in kickboxing, my K-1 background, I'm sure I can break some bones."
— Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem reveals his potential future plans during a recent interview, which could include a long-awaited move to the UFC or a switch over to the boxing world for a dream date against Vitali Klitschko.