UFC 156's Alistair Overeem says 'probably not' to continuing voluntary drug testing

Joe Scarnici

Last March, Overeem failed a drug test that forced him from his HW title fight at UFC 146. When the NSAC suspended him for 9 months, The Reem chose to submit himself to voluntary testing in the meantime. Now that he's relicensed, Alistair says he's not likely to continue that program.

UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem is poised to make his return to the Octagon after over a year since his last fight. Last year The Reem was set to fight Junior dos Santos for the Heavyweight title at UFC 146. Then, 6 weeks before the bout, he failed a random drug test with an elevated testosterone level. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended him from obtaining a fighter's license for 9 months.

As a measure to help clear his name with the NSAC and assure that he was granted his license after the suspension, Overeem participated in a voluntary testing program. Over the 9 month period he submitted 7 passing test to the commission. The program appeared to help as the NSAC granted Overeem his license on January 8 of this year.

At Monday's UFC 156 media conference call, Alistair was asked if he planned to continue his own testing program now that he's licensed. Overeem responded:

Well I did drug testing with my management. If it's necessary for me to do more drug testing I'll do that. If not, I'll probably not. It's something that I'll have to take up with my management.

This really shouldn't be surprising. Overeem submitted the tests in order to gain good will from the NSAC. Now that he's gotten that he doesn't feel the need to do anything beyond the testing they'll require of him.

Overeem is currently scheduled to face Antonio Silva at UFC 156 on February 2. In the headliner, Frankie Edgar will challenge Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title in the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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