Ex-UFC star Alistair Overeem’s team claims non-PED drug used to treat back injury led to failed doping test following one-year

Alistair Overeem stunned the mixed martial arts community when it was announced that the Dutch fighter would be banned for a year due to failing a dope test. But, just a day after the news of the suspension was made public, Alistair Overeem’s team management has come forward with a claim of their own.

After calling it a career in mixed martial arts, the veteran heavyweight fighter is now competing for the GLORY kickboxing promotion. “The Reem” won a kickboxing match in October 2022 against the Moroccan fighter Badr Hari but also raised doubts about whether or not he had taken drugs to boost his performance.

According to a statement from the kickboxing promotion, Overeem has been removed from the GLORY rankings, and his fight with Badr Hari has been ruled a ‘No Contest’ due to a violation of GLORY’s anti-doping rules. Alistair’s suspension will continue for 12 months, starting from his last fight – COLLISION 4, and he must also return a percentage of his wages.

What does Alistair Overeem’s team management say about the failed drug test?

The members of the Demolition Man’s team, on the other hand, are telling a different story. The kickboxer did not see an improvement in his performance by abusing any sort of performance-enhancing drugs, as stated by a few members of Team Overeem.

According to the Dutch kickboxer’s coach Nick Hemmers, a minimal amount of nonperformance enhancing drug was found in his blood which was only utilized to treat his back injury as opposed to affecting his performance.

“I think it’s nonsense that his victory was taken away. We simply won that match against Badr, and I will always say that. We have taken note of the removal of Alistair from the ranking.” said Nick. 

This is not the first time the 42-year-old fighter has failed a drug test. In 2016, after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels while competing for the UFC, the Nevada Athletic Commission handed him a nine-month suspension. 

Overeem is currently 42 years old, thus it’s quite doubtful that after a year-long suspension for doping offenses, he would be ready to fight in any combat sports. His team management, though, is doing everything they can to get him off the suspension.

“After the B-sample was also positive, it was to be expected that his fight against Badr Hari would be converted to ‘No Contest’. We are talking about trace amounts of a supplement that Alistair has used for recovery from an injury, which is not performance-enhancing.” 

“This injury occurred during the preparations for his fight with Rico [Verhoeven]. It surprised Alistair that after eight months traces were still found in his system. For now, we will rest and wait and see what comes next.” Overeem’s team management wrote in an official statement. 

Do you support Glory’s decision to place the veteran fighter on a one-year suspension? Or do you think the penalties for failing a drug test should have been more severe to convey a strong message to the young fighters?

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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