Alistair Overeem out until 2013, doctor’s credibility called into question

The MMA world finally received some closure in the month-long saga surrounding Alistair Overeem showing an extraordinarily high level of testosterone in his system after being randomly screened by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The failed drug test cost Overeem his crack at Junior dos Santos’ heavyweight championship in May, as well as tarnished his reputation, and will now put him on the sidelines until 2013.

Overeem met with the NSAC on Tuesday to address the issue and explain his side of the story. The regulatory board initially rejected his team’s request for a continuance in hopes of strengthening their case before ultimately deciding to rule he would be ineligible for a license in the State for nine months from the date of his transgression (March 27-December 27).

As expected, Overeem stated he unknowingly injected the testosterone after his doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory containing the substance to assist with a rib injury. The physician, Dr. Hector Molina, was also in attendance and corroborated the Dutchman’s story with one exception, saying he recalled revealing testosterone being in the mixture of drugs Overeem used.

Shortly after the hearing, startling news came to light regarding Dr. Molina’s past including multiple criminal charges related to theft/assault, documented cases of surgical malpractice, and prescribing drugs online, including anabolic steroids, for patients he’d never met. For the latter he was fined $25,000 and had restrictions placed on his practice for three years.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Lawyers #1 friend is doubt. They want to make you think “well maybe he didnt do it”.
    Overeem got caught after many many years of speculation and accusations. He skipped out on tests and avoided detection but was finally caught by surprise. He is a cheat just like Barnett, Sonnen and the rest of those not yet busted.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    No he’s not a cheat exactly like those guys. He didn’t piss hot right before — or right after — a fight.

    He failed a screening for an elevated testosterone ratio. That’s not the same as being caught with stanozlol, winstrol, or nandrolone in your system.

    Overeem got a reduced sentence due to his doctor being a sketchy bastard. (Look him up; nice criminal record.)

    His story was awkward, but considering he produced the vial he was given and said “I was avoiding legal papers from Golden Glory” when he ducked out after the UFC press event.

    Reem most likely did not get his physique from eating horse meat, but I can believe this was a case of ignorance and a really shitty doctor. Reem has passed enough tests in his life, this makes the most sense. FFS, he admitted taking the stuff within days of the press conference. If he’s such a long-time cheater then this doesn’t make any sense.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Given this Dr. Molina’s criminal history and that he is based out of Texas… I wonder if he knows Dr. Conrad Murray.

    Most of SF’s past and current stars are not holding up to well these days…

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Hahaha.

    Considering Overeem met the doctor for the first time when he was doing the medical checks at SF events in Texas, it’s not like Reem is the only person who made a bad choice dealing with this guy.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Business as Usual.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Agree with @Faust here. Reem’s a dumbass for shooting it up without checking, but I can buy the fact that he was victim of a shonky doctor – it’s clear from this guy’s checkered past that he could happily prescribe a banned substance out of sheer dickery. Note – I am clear he was on Testosterone at the time he was busted.

    I know people are going to point to Reem’s 2 year weight gain as indication of juicing, but I can buy that growth. I’ve been able to vary my weight up or down by ~40lbs (220 to 185 and back) over a 12 month period depending on what I’m training for, so I can accept Reems gains over 2 years, given he force cut to begin with. I’m a professional nerd, and if I can do it, I’m sure a professional athlete can.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    On the bright side,Overeem still has plenty of time to train for the Mr. Olympia contest in the fall.

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  • MCM says:

    Yeah the doctor was a nut job, but so was the patient. Overeem is either a certified idiot or really is trying to hide something. Every time this stuff gets brought up he winds up in some questionable situation that he tries to brush off.
    If he would have just said, “Yep. I took it. Trying to rehab and injury and thought it would be out of my system by fight time.” He would have lost the title fight, but would have been fine. It’s worked for other fighters.
    Instead he flees the country, sends in wrong samples, gets popped and blames it on Dr. Nick from the Simpsons, the flees the damn hearing after being told by everyone and their mother that he had to stay and comes up with three different excuses as to why he continually runs when people want to talk to him.
    Seriously Overeem. Be a man.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    “If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” –Cardinal Richelieu

    Make no mistake, I am under no illusion Overeem is as squeaky clean as he claims. (I doubt anyone is; but my cynical world view is not a fact.)

    Here are the facts:

    – Overeem was referred to the doc by a fellow Dutchman who now lives in Texas (where the doc is from)
    – Overeem had a reasonable basis to believe the doc was legit, given the fact he was working for the TASC when Strikeforce went to Texas.
    – The doctor was clearly an idiot; he was unable to pronounce the names of the ingredients in the “brew” he gave Overeem. Also stated under oath that he did not tell Overeem it had T in it.
    – UFC officials stated, on record, that they did not tell Overeem he would be tested at the press event; Overeem’s camp was notified, not AO himself.
    – He produced the vial the doctor gave him; he’s got to one of a sub-1% minority who claimed “I got some bad stuff” and then actually produced the medication / supplement / whatever.
    – Without knowing AO’s actual T level, the ratio means nothing. The doctor, for what it’s worth, stated — again, under oath — that the amount of T in the “brew” was not sufficient to provide an anabolic benefit.

    Again, I am not saying Overeem is a saint. However, in this particular situation I don’t see a smoking gun everyone claims to see. He failed a pre-licensing test; no specific banned substances were found and Overeem disclosed more information than most in the same situation.

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  • G-DUB says:

    All good points LF …. solid logical reasoning for why we can’t all rush to judgement, though there is much reason to be skeptical.
    Time will tell us more. When Overeem is cleared to fight again, he’s sure to be subjected to some of the most comprehensive testing of any athlete out there …. at least I hope that he will still be subject to random testing. If his body changes or he gets caught again, his legacy will be tainted. If he stays out of trouble, remains massive and continues his winning ways, many will forgive and forget.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    The real indicate will be litigation. if Overeem sues the doctor, we have a pretty rock-solid indicator. If not, then one has to question if there’s been collusion…..

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  • elsicilian says:

    haha Dr. Nick …

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I would be very saddened — though certainly not shocked — if the doctor was not thoroughly investigated after his embarrassing testimony.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yeah he skipped out on the last test and then turns up to this one already prepared with an excuse and a criminal doctor willing to say “I didnt tell him” even though he was fully aware Overeem was a pro athlete subject to testing.
    Dont be so naive. Perhaps instead of going to the doctor he should have rubbed some horse meat on it. That stuff works miracles.
    The amount of times we hear athletes busted saying “duhhh it was my doctor” or “duhhh it must have been in my supplement” and now you swallow it whole. This isnt a new excuse and it wont be the last time a cheat uses it.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Milwaukee Brewers’ star Ryan Braun will start in left field on Opening Day. As the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, Braun can take the occasion to thank God, country and family for his blessings as long as he keeps a little gratitude in reserve for baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.Das registered the tie-breaking vote on Braun’s appeal of a 50-game suspension stemming from an Oct. 1 positive drug test for elevated levels of testosterone. Braun didn’t dispute the science of his positive test but contested the protocol and chain of custody involved in the handling of his urine sample.Why? Because it wasn’t shipped to the lab in a timely fashion.The seals on the urine sample arrived intact with Braun’s signature confirming the sample was his and was sealed under his watch. And experts reject any possibility that the delay in shipping could’ve resulted in a negative urine sample suddenly turning positive. But Das sided with Braun and rescinded the suspension.“There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened,” Braun said after arriving at Brewers’ spring training camp.Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, rejected Braun’s claim and called Das’ decision “a real gut-kick to clean athletes.”Braun could well be innocent. His problem from a public relations standpoint is that he’s just another in a long line of athletes claiming he did nothing wrong — some more believably than others.1. In 2005, American cyclist Tyler Hamilton offered a unique explanation after drug testing officials discovered evidence of blood doping. Hamilton said the different blood found mixed with his own could have come from a “vanishing twin” whom he had absorbed in utero. Thirty-four years earlier.2. German runner Dieter Baumann, a former Olympic champ in the 5000 meters, tested positive for nandrolone. His two-year suspension cost him the 2000 Summer Olympics. Baumann voluntarily underwent further tests that showed fluctuating amounts of nandrolone in his system depending on the time of day. Baumann’s explanation: the nandrolone was in his toothpaste, which obviously had been spiked.3. Tennis star Petr Korda tested positive at Wimbledon in 1998, claiming the nandrolone in his system came from a veal entree. Some experts estimated he would’ve had to eat 40 calves a day for 20 years to account for the levels of nandrolone in his system.4. Five North Korean soccer players tested positive for steroids at the Women’s World Cup in 2011. The North Korean delegation claimed the steroids were unknowingly included with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands.Why were they taking medicines based on musk deer glands?The federation said the players needed them to recover from being struck by lightning during training.5. Cyclist Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title after testing positive for clenbuterol. The Court of Arbitration upheld the test findings and banned him for two years. Contador claimed the positive test was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day.6. Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor tested positive for cocaine at the 1999 Pan American Games and was stripped of his gold medal. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro defended him, blaming the sabotage on the “Cuban-American mafia.” 7. Fani Halkia, who won gold for Greece in the Olympic 400m hurdles in 2004, tested positive for methyltrienalone in Beijing and was banned from competition for two years. Her story? She blamed it on tampered diet supplements. Fifteen Greek athletes, including 11 members of the Olympic weightlifting team, were also suspended for methyltrienolone. That’s a lot of tampering.8. In the Way Too Much Information Department, Spanish race walker Daniel Plaza, an Olympic gold medalist, blamed his positive test for nandrolone on having oral sex with his pregnant wife.9. Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno disappeared two days before the Beijing Olympics after she allegedly failed a drug test. Moreno’s reason for disappearing from the scene? She didn’t admit to the positive test, saying instead on her website that she had an anxiety attack and needed to go home.10. Bulgarian tennis star Sesil Karatancheva attributed one of her two positive tests for nandrolone to being pregnant despite the fact her urine samples showed no evidence of a pregnancy.11. American track star Dennis Mitchell, part of the 1992 gold medal relay team, claimed his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone came from having five beers and four sexual encounters with his wife the night before a 1998 test.

    © Bettmann/CORBIS12. Ben Johnson (winning above), who famously tested positive for stanozolol at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 after defeating American Carl Lewis for the 100 meters gold medal, blamed his positive test that day on a spiked energy drink. He was banned for life in 1993 after another positive test.13. Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana after winning gold in the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympics in 1998. He claimed second-hand smoke and was allowed to keep his medal.14. LaShawn Merritt won gold in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics but was suspended after failing three consecutive tests from October 2009 to January 2010. Merritt was taking ExtenZe, known familiarly as penis enhancement pills. “Any penalty that I may receive for my action will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation that I feel inside,” Merritt said at the time.15. Richard Gasquet, a French tennis player, tested positive for cocaine at a tournament in Florida a few years ago. He said he kissed a girl who had ingested cocaine at a nightclub. A tribunal cleared him to return to competition.16. Baseball’s Manny Ramirez blamed his first positive test on a medication given to him by his doctors. The medication? A women’s fertility drug. Experts say the drug is commonly used by athletes to restart their bodies’ natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. Ramirez, suspended a second time, is serving 50 games of a 100-game suspension at the start of the 2012 season.17. Atlanta Braves’ prospect Jordan Schafer was suspended 50 games in 2008 after a Major League Baseball investigation into HGH use implicated him. Schafer accepted his punishment.But he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he “didn’t take anything” and that he was guilty of being around the wrong crowd.“If you hang around dogs long enough, you’re going to catch fleas,” he said.18. American track star Justin Gatlin said he didn’t know how high levels of testosterone got into his system at a 2006 track meet in Kansas. His coach, Trevor Graham, blamed a vengeful massage therapist for rubbing a cream containing the steroid into Gatlin’s legs without his knowledge.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    @Faust, sounds like Manny got popped for Clomid. It *is* a women’s fertility drug, and it *is* used by men on Post Cycle Therapy. That’s why the cycling theory is a bit wrinkly – as I understand it, guys coming off a cycle feel like shit, because their natural test is so low, so they take a bunch of other stuff to bring it back up.

    Why you’d want to go into a title fight against JDS with tiny little micro-balls and a bad case of test-suppression, I don’t know.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    Logic, was that cut and paste? – if not I’m pretty impressed.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Check out around the web what Coenan is saying about her former teammate… she pretty much says Reem is a scumbag with out actually out right saying he’s a scumbag.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I didn’t read all of what Logic posted..its just a big block of words with no breaks to help the reading.. did anyone else read it?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I don’t read what Logic posts anymore, since he doesn’t extend the same courtesy to anyone else. And, even when he does, his reading comprehension is on par with a 5 year old who got held back a year.

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