UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem recently turned heads after revealing he’d voluntarily decided to undergo random drug testing as a means of re-establishing faith in his accomplishments relating to talent rather than taking drugs. Overeem is currently out until December 27 after showing an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use in a screening prior to a planned fight against divisional champion Junior dos Santos.
Overeem elaborated on his decision to increase the frequency of his testing during this week’s episode of UFC Tonight where he explained his motivation and assured the public he still expects to be ready for a fight before year’s end.
“I’m slowly building up the confidence with the commission by doing random tests, monthly tests, to show that I am a clean fighter. And this way prove that I’m legit,” said Overeem, adding he hadn’t heard from UFC President Dana White since an April hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission but wasn’t concerned about the matter. “I’ve not spoken to Dana personally but Dana’s a busy man. He’s got a company to run and fans to take care of. Basically, I respect Dana. I’m gonna convince Dana through my actions that I am a legit fighter and do the random tests.”
“The Demolition Man” also confirmed he’s still aiming at a fight with Dos Santos over New Year’s Eve Weekend, though is also open to taking on whomever the UFC throws his way.
“The commission told me at the hearing that (it) shouldn’t be a problem for me to get licensed when the nine-month (ruling) is finished. I’m pretty confident that I’m gonna get licensed and then we’ll go from there.”
Watch the full interview with Overeem below:
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