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Alistair Overeem clears first hurdle for Lesnar bout after passing drug test

So far, so good for the UFC‘s hopes of getting Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon at UFC 141.

Overeem, who came under heavy scrutiny when he missed a test earlier this year to fly back to Holland and care for his ill mother, passed his initial pre-fight drug test. “The Reem” will still have to take additional tests when he arrives in the U.S., but the first hurdle has been cleared.

“The urine sample by Mr. Overeem in the U.K. on 12/14 came back negative for all prohibited substances,” Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer said in a release.

Since making a move from light heavyweight to heavyweight, Overeem has faced question after question about his use of banned substances. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion has yet to ever fail a pre- or post-fight test. After missing those earlier tests, NSAC granted Overeem a conditional license to fight.

Overeem and Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight title-holder, will meet on Friday, December 30 for the No. 1 contender spot in the UFC’s biggest division. The winner will meet current champ Junior dos Santos sometime in 2012 after “Cigano” recovers from a knee injury.


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