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Alistair Overeem’s Positive Test More Than Doubled Nevada’s Allowable Testosterone Limit

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

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.

Tim Sylvia Has a “Big Announcement” For Everybody Next Week

Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been literally begging for one more shot in the UFC, of which he reigned over the heavyweight division for two separate stints. Unforunately, a continous Twitter campaign and constant mentions in interviews and video blogs have led to UFC President Dana White to flat out say that Sylvia will never be back in the UFC multiple times now.

Despite all of this, Sylvia now says that he has some news to break during his special guest appearance at New England Fights "Fight Night 2" event next weekend in Biddeford, Maine. From a press release sent out by the promotion:

“Tim Sylvia is the biggest – both figuratively and literally – fighter with Maine roots that we could bring in to put this Biddeford show over the top,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “And to add to it, Tim will be making a special announcement about his career at the show.  He wanted to do this in his home state in front of his fans, friends, family, and neighbors — this is not to be missed!”

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“I’m excited to be coming home to Maine in the next week or so… and I have a big announcement my fans won’t want to miss!” said former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia when reached for comment.

Could it be? Touch of gloves to MMA Mania for the find.

It Looks Like Frank Mir Could Step in to Face Junior dos Santos

Frank Mir. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

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.

Quote of the Day: Dana White is Pissed at Alistair Overeem

Dana White. Photo by Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog.com.

“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?

Alistair Overeem Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone Levels

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

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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Brock Lesnar Returns to WWE

If you didn't think his retirement from MMA was definite, it is now.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returned to his old stomping grounds last night, appearing on WWE's "Monday Night Raw" in front of a jam-packed house at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. It was Lesnar's first time in a WWE ring in eight years.

Lesnar decided to hang up the gloves following a first-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem this past December. Lesnar compiled a 5-3 record in the sport, defeated Randy Couture in November 2008 to win the UFC heavyweight title and then defended it twice. Video of Lesnar's return is after the jump.

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Daniel Cormier’s Hand is Feeling Good

All is well on the homefront when it comes to Daniel Cormier and his hand problems, which have kept him out of action since his giant upset of Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in September.

According to the man himself, his right hand is good and has been holding up just fine during training camp in preparation for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament final bout against former UFC champion Josh Barnett next month.

Stephie Daniels: How is your hand, and would you say it's fully healed?

Daniel Cormier: It's finally good. I've gotten the green light from my doctor. I've been punching hard, and found some comfort in that, because when I punched Luke (Rockhold) in December, and re-broke my hand, I had barely touched him. As hard as I've been hitting guys in the gym now, and for my hand to not move, and to stay together, and be strong, I'm very confident going in to this fight.

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Fortunately, it's healed, and now I'm really cracking with it. It feels good to be throwing it, I'll tell ya that. I've got some work to do, though. Seven months of sparring with a left hand, and not really using it, actually builds some pretty bad habits. I've got time though. I'll be ready.

When is Someone Going to Tell Bob Sapp Enough is Enough?

It seems once a month now a video pops up on a Monday of Bob Sapp getting handed another loss over the weekend. It's tough to see. It was fun to watch him maul people over in Japan. He's a reminder of the beloved past. But even though that doesn't seem that long ago, it is. Sapp has now lost eight of his last nine fights, including five in a row recently. None of the fights have lasted more than a round.

Despite showings that continue to get worse and worse every time he puts on the gloves, Sapp will be maintaining a busy schedule over the next couple of months. Today comes word that a crowd-pleasing matchup with former strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski is now official as the main event of KSW 19 on May 12.

Immediately after that, Sapp is slated to face Soa Palelei in Australia a week later. He also has a kickboxing bout on April 22. And remember, Sapp was forced to submit due to a leg injury in a bout against James Thompson only three weeks ago. Take that as you will.

Recipe for disaster?

Santos Misses Weight, Prindle Named Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Champion

Eric Prindle. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Thiago Santos missed weight by twelve pounds on Thursday evening and another planned Bellator heavyweight tournament final meeting between Santos and Eric Prindle has yet again been scrapped. 

Following the weigh-ins for Bellator 62, multiple outlets are now reporting Prindle was declared the season-five heavyweight tourney winner and will now meet reigning heavyweight title holder Cole Konrad later this year. The switch in plans comes just a week after a matchup between Santos and Prindle was postponed due to Prindle reportedly being ill.

However, rumors circulated that even thoug Prindle had flu-like symptoms, Santos was having trouble cutting weight and would never have made the heavyweight limit if the fight did go forward. thus today's results.

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The Daily Recap: Volkmann-Sass Set for UFC 146, UFC 144 on Free TV in Japan & More

Jacob Volkmann. Photo courtesy of FOX Sports.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

A lightweight bout between outspoken wrestler Jacob Volkmann and submission artist Paul Sass has been booked for UFC 146 on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Volkmann has won five straight UFC fights, his most recent a unanimous decision over Efrain Escudero in December. Sass last submitted Michael Johnson with a heel hook at UFC on Versus 6 in October. He has won eight of his twelve pro fights by triangle choke. [UFC.com]

Just a handful of days before UFC 144, the organization has struck a deal with TV Tokyo to air a compressed, tape-delay version of the event on network television in Japan. TV Tokyo is reportedly avaiable in 32 million households. The last UFC event to air on the channel was UFC Fight Night 21 in March 2010, which saw Takanori Gomi fall to Kenny Florian. [Sherdog]

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