So what's next for Alistair Overeem?
According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, the UFC heavyweight contender does have some time to make a decision, but has some pretty limited options. From a radio interview with MMA Weekly:
“He’s got some time,” Kizer said about how long Overeem has to request a second test be done. “As I understand it, if an ‘A’ sample comes back positive, the lab keeps that for quite a long time. If it comes back negative, they basically toss it after a couple of weeks assuming there is no further request for the ‘B’ sample. So they’d have the ‘B’ sample for quite a while, but I would assume if he’s going to request a ‘B’ sample testing, he should do it sometime this month.”
Overeem will have the option of having his alternate sample tested through Quest Diagnostics, the company that the NSAC employs or another accredited lab elsewhere in the country. Using Quest will take about a week for the results while a different lab will take a couple.
If the other sample tests positive as well, Overeem will likely be denied a license by the state of Nevada and will not be permitted to reapply for at least a year. The only positive from the entire situation is that Overeem will not be disciplined, at least by the athletic commission. And his chances of the "B" sample coming back negative are slim according to NSAC history.
“They always come back positive, except for one case we had a fighter, I think he was positive for six different, the lab found six specific prohibitive substances in his sample, the ‘B’ sample was tested and it did come back negative for one of those drugs, which myself and the attorney generals, we immediately dropped that from the complaint, dropped that one prohibitive substance,” Kizer explained.
“We weren’t even asked to do so, we did it on our own accord, the tie goes to the runner as I said back then, and I still say, but we still proceed with the others and he ended up getting a 12-month suspension and a big fine. Not with us (has a fighter’s test ever come back at a legal level). It may have happened with other drug testing groups, WADA or USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) may have had it, or other groups, but not with us.”
Like Dana White said last night, it's not looking good.