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.


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