With Alistair Overeem's licensing situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission last week for his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, all the old discussions and accusations of steroid use bubbled back up to the surface. Overeem talked about the situation in his most recent Yahoo! blog.
From the blog:
I have had people - I will politely call them ‘haters' - accuse me of taking steroids since I was a 185-lb. kickboxer at the age of 17. When I was 20, I've fought at a weight of 222 lbs. I am now aged 31, and weigh 35 lbs. more. I don't think 35 lbs is too much to grow in 11 years from a 20-year-old to 31-year-old.
Facts are, I have been tested with the commission numerous times before when I fought in the U.S. and got tested in Japan. I always passed any testing, so hopefully now with these next tests coming and the fact of me being the most tested fighter in the sport, the critics may be satisfied. And if not, well, that's not my problem, that is their problem.
He also talked some about Lesnar and re-affirmed his prediction that their fight wouldn't go two rounds:
I'm not interested in his opinion on my skills or how he matches up with me in terms of strength and size. Someone in an interview this week asked me if Brock is stronger than me. Maybe he is, but that's not important. We are not having a weightlifting competition or a wrestling match, we are in the Octagon fighting MMA where there are more factors in play then just who is stronger and wrestling.
This fight is not going to last two rounds. That's my official prediction, that I knock him out in the second round but, the more I think about it, the more I think it will end in the first round. We both like to finish fights quickly so people don't blink because it might be over in seconds.