The biggest heavyweight event in UFC history may be losing its main event, as UFC 146 title challenger Alistair Overeem tested positive for an elevated testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of more than 10 to 1 in a random drug test administered last week. Six fighters on the UFC 146 card were tested last week immediately following the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas. All tests came back negative, save for Overeem, according to Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Keith Kizer, who emailed the results to MMATorch on Wednesday.
Overeem may request the testing of his "B" sample, which could clear him if it came back negative, but for now he'll need to answer for this elevated T/E level at a commission hearing.
He was granted a conditional license last fall after failing to properly partake in a random drug test, with the requirement that he be subject to random drug testing multiple times before and after his UFC 141 bout with Brock Lesnar.
I'm surprised people don't fail the tests more often.
I won't talk about all the dirty details here but there are many ways to "cover up your tracks" while using illicit substances. Laboratory tests have evolved, but "sports medicine" has evolved even more. For example it would have taken a decade more to unmask second generation EPO hadn't somebody gone to Federales with infos people from all sports were using it. In fact sports authorities didn't even suspect the existence of second generation EPO until Federal authorities told them. And developing reliable laboratory tests to track it down proved to be a lengthy, expensive process fraught with many failures. For example one present method of finding illegal substances is to look for masking substances or their metabolic byproducts. It's pretty tricky since many masking substances are contained in perfectly legal dietary supplements or even processed food. Another issue is, unless you have someone blowing the whistle or police confiscate some substances and passes the data on, you have no clue what is in use at the moment so you are basically hitting at random. There are some extremely refined drug combinations on the market right now and rest assured both sportsmen and their doctors won't share the data willingly.
I remember an episode: a distant relative, whose husband is an amateur cyclist, gave me a laundry list of stuff she found in the refrigerator. She knew I went to the Uni (Chemistry) and wanted to know what the Hell that stuff was. It was exactly what you think it is and, no, I am not giving any detail in public. Some of that stuff was rabidly expensive and very hard to obtain even with a medical prescription. And he's an amateur. Granted, controls at that level are next to non existent, but imagine what professionals have access to.