Alistair Overeem has tested positive for a banned substance.
Former UFC heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem has found himself in some hot water. Overeem spent 11 years in the UFC fighting some of the very best the heavyweight division had to offer. When he parted ways with the organization he decided to go back to his roots of kickboxing. Overeem signed with Glory Kickboxing and has proven that he still has what it takes to compete at 42 years old. Now, however, there seems to be an issue with his drug testing stemming from his last fight.
Overeem was released from his UFC contract in March of 2021. He got his start in kickboxing and thought it would be a good place to return to. He signed with Glory in June of 2021 and was put under a multi-year contract. It was thought that he would have an immediate title shot at champion Rico Verhoeven, but due to injuries to the champ, Overeem was matched with Badr Hari. He fought Hari on October 8th in the GelreDome in Arnhem in his home country of The Netherlands and won by unanimous decision.
Alistair Overeem tested positive for a banned substance following his kickboxing win
Overeem was promised a shot at the champion Verhoeven following his win at Glory Collision 4. It was his first time back in the kickboxing ring in over 12 years and he proved he still belongs there. Unfortunately, now it was been revealed by the Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf, that Overeem’s urine sample has been flagged for a banned substance. It has not been revealed what the substance was but his team is stating that it is not performance-enhancing in nature.
In drug testing, there are usually two samples submitted, an “A” sample and a “B” sample. Overeem’s A sample is the one that was flagged and no action will be taken until the B sample is tested as well. There has been no formal statement made to the public by Overeem or his management at this time.
Overeem has dealt with speculation of drug and PED use throughout his career. He did fail a test during his UFC days back in 2012 when his sample showed testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratios over the legal limit.