After weeks of silence, and just a day before going in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alistair Overeem has released a statement concerning his failed drug test for elevated levels of testosterone. Overeem was scheduled to face Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title in May at UFC 146, but has since been replaced by Frank Mir.
Overeem's management, Authentic Sports Management, sent a letter out to several members of the media on Monday explaining why the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion had a 14:1 ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone.
To my friends and fans,
I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.
I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.
I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.
Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.
I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.
Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.
Overeem was not licensed by Nevada during the time of the testing, so he cannot face a suspension from them. However, they can deny his fight license, which seems to be the course the UFC believes will be taken, thus pulling him out of the main event.
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