Alistair Overeem has apologised for his withdrawal from the UFC 146 main event fight against heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos but insists he is ‘clean’ and does not use performance-enhancing substances.
He says that the elevated testosterone levels in a urine sample provided to the Nevada State Athletic Commission were caused by an anti-inflammatory drug which, unbeknownst to him, had testosterone as an ingredient.
“I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved,” he said in a statement released to Fighters Only today.
“I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.
“I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.
“Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.
“I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep
the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.
“Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”