Fight Circus Courts Alistair Overeem To Fight For Their Promotion: ‘We Only Test For STDs’

Overeem failed a drug test in his return to GLORY kickboxing.

Alistair Overeem
Image Credit: Alistair Overeem's Instagram

Fight Circus is hoping to sign Alistair Overeem.

After Overeem was released from the UFC roster, he signed with GLORY kickboxing to make his return to kickboxing. Many were excited by it and in his return, he picked up a decision win over Badr Hari in October. Yet, it was revealed he tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended for 12 months and the fight was overturned to a No Contest.

Following the news of the suspension, Overeem’s team came out and denied the use of any banned substance.

“A non-performance-enhancing drug,” Overeem’s trainer Nick Hemmers told Dutch outlet AD, calling the situation an inflated story.’ Apparently a minimal amount of it was found in his blood…. He has not used any means to be stronger in the ring. 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,” Overeem’s management team wrote in a statement. “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.”

With Alistair Overeem still being suspended, Fight Circus – a promotion known for hosting gimmick-heavy matches like two-on-one and phone booth fighting – are courting the UFC veteran to fight for them. They also revealed they do not test for PEDs which could entice Overeem.

“We only test for STDS after it burns. We have a place for you legend,” Fight Circus tweeted about Overeem.

As of right now, Overeem has yet to respond to Fight Circus trying to sign him. Whether or not he would even be interested is also uncertain, but for now, he is sitting out his year-long suspension and when it is over, will likely return to GLORY kickboxing.

Alistair Overeem (47-19 and one No Contest MMA, 10-4 and one No Contest kickboxing) is coming off the NC to Hari in his return to kickboxing. In MMA, he ended his UFC tenure with a loss to Alexander Volkov. In his UFC career, he went 12-8 with notable wins over Sergei Pavlovich, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Junior dos Santos, and Frank Mir among others.

Published on March 30, 2023 at 10:52 am
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