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Alistair Overeem claims his doctor prescribed medication mixed with testosterone

Heavyweight Alistair Overeem has finally broken the silence regarding his recent failed drug test, explaining the origin of his extraordinarily high T/E ratio and, unfortunately, singing a tune far too familiar from those who have run into similar issues in the past. Also interesting, Overeem claimed he withdrew from his UFC 146 title-fight with Junior dos Santos this past Friday rather than being replaced against his will.

According to an apologetic Overeem, who denied any willful wrongdoing, the level of testosterone in his system was not related to TRT as some had speculated but rather a different doctor-prescribed substance.

“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,” wrote Overeem in an official press release from his management team. “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,” revealed the “deeply saddened” Dutchman.

In closing Overeem asked for the public’s patience and support, stating he respected the NSAC and looked forward to working with them to resolve the issue.

The complete statement from Overeem can be found below:

“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.”

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