Overeem-JDS fight in jeopardy after drug test
April 4, 2012
Heavy MMA reports that Alistair Overeem has tested positive for increased levels of testosterone. The test was taken after a press conference to hype Overeem’s title shot against JDS Memorial Day weekend.
Several fighters were tested March 27th with Overeem being the only positive test. The test puts Overeem’s fight May 26th against Junior dos Santos all but off as he’d have to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to obtain a license. The positive drug test has angered Dana White and we will now see what Overeem and the UFC do to fix this situation.
The pre-fight drug tests were a surprise to the fighters and the positive result really jeopardizes the main event. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting to see what Overeem will do. Will he appear before the commission to offer some reasoning behind the test? He also has the option of taking a second test. If the second test comes back negative, then he’d have a better chance of receiving a license although it would not explain the first test. From another side, it would be interesting to see what the UFC will do. White was not happy about Overeem testing positive and it hurts what was to be a huge PPV. The positive test may also force White’s hand with what to do with Overeem. He was in recent legal trouble and now testing positive on a drug test may put Overeem’s time with Zuffa on thin ice. Also, what should the UFC do, if anything, to stress to its fighters about testing positive for drug tests.