By Zach Arnold | April 24, 2012
Over the last few weeks, Dave Meltzer has reported on a number of scenarios that Alistair Overeem’s camp was allegedly going to pursue in order to stay out of hot water over his failed ‘random’ drug test in Nevada due to high T/E levels.
According to Dave, the first story was going to involve a plea for Testosterone Replacement Therapy. However, Overeem had given the NSAC blood test results instead of urine test results last November. When Bas Rutten alluded to Overeem getting clearance, I suspect this is what he was talking about. Plus, Overeem had passed previous urine tests from Nevada. So, according to Dave, this strategy fell apart.
The second story allegedly was going to involve a ‘Viagra defense’, citing a need for Viagra & testosterone due to impotence. However, as widely reported in media circles (such as the BBC), Viagra is not recommended for those with low testosterone levels.
Which leads us to yesterday’s explanation, where Overeem claimed that a doctor gave him an anti-inflammatory medication that was supposedly mixed with testosterone. You can make of this what you will.
The end result is that, today, Overeem was told that he could reapply for a license in Nevada… at the end of December.
Unbelievably, Overeem presented the doctor in question (Dr. Hector Oscar Molina) from Texas. I suppose that’s better than Nate Marquardt who never mentioned his testosterone-administering doctor’s name, but…
When the name of Dr. Molina surfaced, MMA message boards quickly went nuts and started digging dirt (no matter if it was true or false). Cage Potato promptly dropped the proverbial hammer on Dr. Molina.
- Bloody Elbow: Alistair Overeem’s doctor has a very interesting background
- Kevin Iole: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval should fire the five members of the NSAC
The strict liability rule defeats Overeem’s arguments. He is responsible no matter how it got into his body. “I didn’t know” is unacceptable. Why would Overeem’s attorney bring in a doctor with a history of illegal medical prescription problems to testify? Makes no sense. Does Overeem’s lawyer actually think MMA scribes are going to believe that Overeem voluntarily gave up the fight? Rather interesting that Overeem’s doctor injected him wth a water based testosterone, which clears the system faster than oil based.
Mike Chiappetta posted some interesting observations online about today’s hearing. The first point of order — how ‘random’ was the NSAC drug test?
Keith Kizer says Overeem initially sped out of building when faced with random test. UFC tracked him down short time later. Overeem’s lawyer says Reem was trying to avoid being served legal papers in public, and that’s why he bailed random test.
Second point of order — the medication.
Overeem’s lawyer: We will turn over the vial to you. It says “anti-inflammatory.” No indication on vial it contains prohibited substance. Overeem’s lawyer saying he is not questioning the test results, but then he said he does question some parts of procedure. Says it was an intentional ingestion of a mixture provided by doc “without knowledge of substance you would frown upon.” Overeem says he first took the injection which he believed was anti-inflammatory, on Jan. 1.
Overeem says he had no knowledge that he was gonna be tested. Says he doesn’t know why Kizer would say that he was informed before presser. Overeem asked on his feeling about the doc who gave him shot. “I’m not upset because no evil will was intended.” Overeem tells the NSAC that he injected a 2nd shot in his own shoulder. Overeem’s doc: Shot was insufficient to raise testosterone levels and give anabolic advantage. Doc says usually, patients know what is in their shot, but he and Reem “didn’t go into specifics.” Doc says he included test in shot to “promote faster healing” b/c Reem was not going to be able to take any time off.
NSAC called his presentation “superlative”! Seriously. Wow.
Our friend MMA Supremacy notes recent history:
Lorenzo gave Overeem a $1M signing bonus after Strikeforce firing… 1st installment was for Lesnar fight, 2nd & 3rd in next 2 fights.
How much money will UFC try to get out of Overeem now? Here’s a clue:
Once Overeem’s team changed reason about 3X’s, UFC pulled plug… no need to wait for today’s hearing. Can book AO in NYE card.
Pathetic work by Nevada, but entirely predictable given what else happened today. Brent Brookhouse:
The NSAC basically ended that by going “great job, great defense, you’re a champion, please come back and fight here.”
Overeem denied license. He can reapply in nine months from the test, meaning he can’t fight before Dec. 27. Gee, what a convenient time.
A well-connected MMA player wrote me the following after today’s hearing:
What did this decision ultimately do? Not much. If the commission had wished to look strong they would have thought about the big picture. They treated Overeem like he was some misled angel. They would have discussed how tough it will to come back. Instead, they made it seem like they are welcoming him with open arms in December. They made little or no big deal about him skipping out on the test in the first place.
Given today’s circus, there was something poetic about Nevada clearing the way for Chael Sonnen to fight Anderson Silva in Las Vegas at UFC 148. Chael fights in Vegas for the Summer and Overeem fights in Vegas for NYE. Funny how that worked out.