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UFC Star Alistair Overeem Tests Positive For Elevated Testosterone Levels

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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Bacardi)
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There were some who "had a bad feeling" when the UFC 146 fighters were "randomly" drug tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after the press conference last week. It looks like those ill feelings were justified as Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting tweeted the news:

NSAC announces that Overeem tested pos. for elevated levels of test. last wk. He'll need to appear before the commission to get licensed.

Overeem had to appear before the NSAC prior to his bout with Brock Lesnar in December after a suspicious set of circumstances led to his not providing a quick sample when requested during training, then providing the wrong kind of sample and it all taking place through his private doctor (standard Dutch practice which the commission was not aware of). Overeem had been granted a conditional license by the state for the Lesnar fight with the understanding that he would be subject to random testing following the show as well as having to provide a fresh sample after the hearing.

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Now, having been pinged in the UFC 146 pre-fight testing, it's not a stretch to say that the commission may be very reluctant to license Overeem for his heavyweight title fight with Junior dos Santos.

More on this story to follow as details emerge.

Update: ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweets:

Email says Overeem's levels were > 10:1. NSAC limit is 6:1.

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