Alistair Overeem släpper ett officiellt uttalande - Säger att han tagit ett anti-inflammatoriskt läkemedel

Idag släppte Alistair Overeem ett officielllt uttalande angående det positiva dopingtestet och den inställda titelfighten mot Junior Dos Santos som skulle ske den 25 maj på UFC 146. Overeem förklarar att han tagit ett anti-inflammatoirskt läkemedel mot ett tidigare skadat revben, detta läkemedel innhehöll även testostron vilket Overeem inte kände till. Läs uttalandet efter brytet.

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.