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.

Overeem will now have to appear in front of the commission before he can be licensed to fight at UFC 146, and his chances of receiving one are in doubt. The former Strikeforce and DREAM champion caught the ire of NSAC officials prior to his UFC 141 battle with Brock Lesnar when he failed to quickly comply to a random test and had to have a sample sent over to a lab in the UK days later.

The former Golden Glory member then received a conditional license to face Lesnar on the condition that he undergo additional testing following the bout, of which this positive result has stemmed from.

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