Bas Rutten claims a "technicality" means Overeem vs Dos Santos will go ahead

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April 11th 2012

“A technicality” is going to keep Alistair Overeem in the fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146, according to Bas Rutten.

A urine sample Overeem supplied to the Nevada State Athletic Commission last month came back high for testosterone, indicating possible steroid use. That means Overeem has to appear before the body on April 24 to explain why the levels were so high. If he can’t explain satisfactorily, he will be denied a license.

But former UFC champion Rutten, a Dutchman like Overeem, told his Twitter followers that he had been informed - via an unidentified source - that the fight would be going ahead via a loophole.

“I hear we still might c the JDS/Overeem fight? Haha, awesome. Let me get more info,” he wrote. “I hear a ‘technicality’ butlers just wait and c what happens, I let you guys know.”

Rutten - who has a close relationship with the Golden Glory team and has previously heavily criticised Overeem for splitting with them - went on to directly accuse Overeem of “cheating”.

“I know it's freaking insane, cheating and maybe still fighting? But this is America, and crap like that happens, JDS can set it straight though if it happens. Let me get more info first, but that's news I received,” he wrote.

“He did [cheat], we know this now, but in America we heard the story of a burglar who injured himself while breaking in, got money from the victims, it's insane, the law is BS. Let JDS be the judge IF it happens.”

Overeem has not commented on the failed test, which saw his urine reveal a testosterone ratio of 14:1 (the upper limit is 6:1), but at the weekend the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to Fighters Only that he has pressed ahead with his license application for UFC 146 regardless.

At time of writing he still has not asked for the B-sample, submitted at the same time as the initial sample, to be tested. This initially surprised pundits until the theory emerged that Overeem would be claiming that his testosterone levels were so high because he has been undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.

Overeem might be able to make that argument work because ordinarily fighters would not apply for therapeutic use exemptions - permission to undergo the otherwise prohibited treatment - until two or three weeks before the bout.

As he was subjected to the surprise test on March 27, and the fight with Dos Santos is not set to take place until May 26, Overeem could argue that he was undergoing TRT but was outside the usual window of disclosure.

TRT is supposed to bring levels back to normal ranges though and Overeem will have to explain that - one theory there is that he could say he was tested right after receiving treatment, which would cause a temporary spike.

Of course, if Overeem wanted to make all these claims he would need documentation to support them. He would also need to convince NSAC in person, and that body might be sceptical towards him because of his missing a test in 2011 because of suddenly returning home to Holland.

That flight was bought the day before Overeem was notified he would be undergoing a test and so he was able to escape NSAC censure - had he bought the flight post-notification, he would have been refused a license to fight Lesnar.

But while he was able to satisfy technicalities, NSAC may not have been entirely convinced that he was playing straight and the body has more than likely had Overeem on its mind ever since. The fact that they sprang a surprise test as the UFC 146 promo press conference in March was interpreted in some quarters as being entirely motivated by Overeem.

The UFC has also not made any announcements regarding Overeem being out of the Dos Santos fight, which suggests that the organisation is either confident that Overeem will be acquitted of any wrongdoing when he goes before NSAC, or that it is simply waiting to see which way the dice will fall before it moves to scrap one of the year’s most compelling fights.


  • Rich

    Posted at 20:18 on April 11th 2012

    Bas shouldn't throw too many stones, as many of them are going to land at Golden glory's feet. Does ANYONE really think that Overeem only started taking PED's AFTER he left GG? I think not.

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  • Alexey Cardo

    Posted at 21:33 on April 11th 2012

    I recall that in 2001 IFBB (bodybuilding federation) saved 2 of its contesters cought on PEDs right at the #1 contest, the Mr.Olympia show.

    The "saving" was entirely based on questioning the legal procedures which take place. And...

    Subsequent to the mandatory dug tests that took place at the Olympia Weekend of October 26/27, 2001, the IFBB was informed that two samples had tested positive for banned diuretics.

    As a result of this information, the IFBB took the initiative to scrupulously examine the drug-testing procedures that took place at and around the 2001 Olympia Weekend.

    After completing this investigation, the IFBB is confident that each and every one of the steps called for in the protocol of drug testing were meticulously followed at the event itself.

    However, as part of this investigation, it was discovered that the world-renowned laboratory employed by the IFBB is no longer designated as an official accredited lab by the International Olympic Committee.

    When the IFBB commenced its relationship with this highly reputable lab several years ago it was an IOC-accredited lab.

    As the IFBB's Doping Control Policy calls for all testing to be undertaken by an IOC-accredited lab, the IFBB, committed to following the highest ethical standards, has no option but to declare the drug testing results from the 2001 Olympia Weekend null and void.

    Those athletes who had been informed that they had tested positive, Jay Cutler and Markus Ruhl, will keep their original 2001 Mr. Olympia placings of second and 14th, respectfully, and retain all relevant medals, privileges and prize money applicable to their placings.

    Looks like there is some room for UFC lawyers to advocate for Ailstair as well.
    Hope they will win...

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  • Jack

    Posted at 11:56 on April 12th 2012

    ...its a sad day when the UFC allows this blatant cheater to compete for the HWT title...technically speaking that is

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  • Corylee

    Posted at 15:29 on April 12th 2012

    The only truly sad part is how much of an issue this is.
    Most of the claims are about what is and what is not cheating.
    In the aforementioned case diuretics a substance to remove water from the body being grouped in with the massive test levels Alistair is being reported to have had is going to confuse more and more people.

    That the use of steroids for muscle recovery and wear and tear when administered properly by a professional is nearly as close to a miracle in a bottle invented so far.

    It is used by all athletes from improved performance to injury recovery.
    Just allow it all when properly administered and end all this stupid posturing.

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