April 24th is the date in which LayzieTheSavage will enter the Nevada State Athletic Commission court room and stream the entire hearing live on MiddleEasy at absolutely no charge. Now with just about twenty-four hours until his hearing, Overeem has issued a statement through Authentic Sports Management just minutes ago explaining why he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs on the eve of his now-defunct title shot against Junior dos Santos.
“To my friends and fans,
I am deeply saddened to announce that on Friday, April 20, I respectfully withdrew from the May 26 event so that I can request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved.
I cannot express how sorry I am to the Commission, Junior Dos Santos, the fans, the owners and employees of the UFC, my friends and family and anyone else who this has affected.
I absolutely do not believe in, nor do I use performance-enhancing drugs. I am a clean fighter and I will do whatever it takes to prove this to everyone.
Prior to the UFC 146 press conference in March, I aggravated an old rib injury on my left side. My doctor prescribed, and I accepted, an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone. I was completely unaware that testosterone was one of the ingredients in the medication. Although I was unaware, I do realize it is my job to know what I am putting into my body.
I respect the Nevada Commissioners and Executive Director Keith Kizer and what they are doing to keep the sport of mixed martial arts regulated and safe for athletes. I look forward to working with them in the days and weeks ahead.
Friends and fans, I ask for your patience as I work through this matter. Please support me. I promise to return to the Octagon soon.”
Well, there you have it. It’s also important to note the reason why Alistair Overeem hasn’t been removed from the official MiddleEasy Frate Trane list is because we are huge advocates of ‘due process’ on the site. Essentially, the dude is innocent until proven guilty — and we will all know the verdict roughly this time tomorrow.