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Chael Sonnen: Alistair Overeem did not test positive for anything

"Congratulations to MMA media, right when I think your incompetence can't get to any higher level, the Alistair Overeem story comes out. You kids on the interweb, running your little 'dot com's' from the couch in your mother's basement, you beneficiaries of Mark Cuban's tax write-off, you've gone and screwed up the Alistair Overeem case, beyond belief. Is it repairable? I doubt it."

 

"Hey. If I'm a member of the media and someone tells me that Alistair Overeem failed a drug test, the very first thing I'm going to say is: ‘Really? What substance did he test positive for?' Now, you see, those basic questions are where the wheels begin to fall off the bus to this entire story. Alistair Overeem did not test positive for anything. End of story. So why is his name getting drug through the mud? Why are they saying, 'Well, he's got an elevated T-to-E ratio. Ok, fair enough. Let's say his T-to-E ratio is outside the norm. That's not illegal. That's outside the norm. That's a red flag. That is a red flag, and Alistair will owe an explanation. If it's not against the rules, why are we having this conversation? MMA Media: Ya failed!”

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Valentijn Overeem unaware of brothers TRT needs

“Because I know him so well that I think I should be aware of something like that,” Valentijn Overeem said today. “If that was the case, I think I would know. I would be surprised.”

The former Strikeforce fighter then proceeds to declare that his brother is already likely to have higher natural levels of testosterone:

“There are different reasons why someone could have high testosterone,” Valentijn Overeem said. “Taking steroids is one of them. Some people have natural testosterone at a high level anyway. I’m not saying my brother is one of those people, but there’s more possibilities. If the [athletic commission] tests the sample again, just to make sure there were no mistakes, I think that would be a good start.”

Valentijn seems convinced that his brother’s random test came back with unreliable data and that another examination would rectify those mistakes:

“There are certain rules, and athletes have to abide by the rules,” Valentijn Overeem said. “If there would be a second opinion or a second test, I’m sure that would change the result. The bottom line is, I think everybody just wants to know the truth. So by being transparent and double checking it, that won’t harm anyone.”

“You’re innocent until proven guilty, and I think that’s the way it should be,” he said. “Look at Lance Armstrong; they’ve been talking about him taking stuff forever. Because you’re a very good athlete and winning a lot of events doesn’t necessarily mean that (you take performance-enhancing drugs). That just means that you’re very dedicated and talented. I think that’s the case with Alistair.

“There are always going to be people that say, ‘I knew this. I knew that.’ But then again, let [the commission] do whatever they have to do, and we’ll see the result in the end when things are final. I think it’s a bit early to jump to conclusions.”

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Alistair Overeem's manager confident his client will fight at UFC 146

Inside MMA host Ron Kruck:

 

“I spoke with Glenn Robinson, manager of Overeem and he says he is very respectful and is hopeful that he will be granted his license and the entire team is very confident that he will be facing Junior dos Santos come May 26th. Now Robinson wanted to make it very clear that despite other reports, Overeem did not test high for testosterone, but rather his testosterone to epitestosterone was off and he has a reasonable explanation to why that is, which he will present to the commission next Tuesday.”

“Overeem has applied for a license to fight in the state and he will have the opportunity to present his case to the commission on why he should be granted that license, despite failing his pre-fight drug test,” said Kruck.

“Now, some have speculated that he may use the defense of testosterone replacement therapy or TRT as a defense as we’ve seen several fighters do before. Speaking with Kizer, he has said Overeem has not applied for TRT exemption, but that does not mean he can’t. He has time to do that. As long as he gives the commission’s doctors time to deal with the situation.”

 

Just as PersianMMA predicted weeks ago =)

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Siyar Bahadurzada and Jason Mayhem Miller and a punch ball machine

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UFC 145: Rashad Evans about his mom helping with his game plan

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Dana White: "RASHAD IS THE MOST UNDER-RATED FIGHTER IN THE ENTIRE SPORT"

“The light heavyweight division has always been a special weight class in the UFC and the Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans match could be the biggest fight at 205lbs in years. The last time we had a 205lbs title fight with this much emotion and excitement around it was the second Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz fight in December of 2006,” he says. “Jon Jones is a freak of nature in mixed martial arts. Here’s a guy who got into the UFC after only a couple of years of training, came right out and started beating top guys using spinning elbows and all these other crazy moves, and he then wins the UFC title at only 23 years old. “Jones is already on his way to being one of the best fighters to ever hold the UFC light heavyweight belt, which is phenomenal if you look at the killers who’ve held this belt.” “But anyone who counts Rashad Evans out of this fight is out of their mind. Look at what he has done: he won the Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight, then not only beat - but stopped - champions like Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, and also beat top contenders like Michael Bisping, “Rampage” Jackson, and Phil Davis. “He’s been in the UFC since 2005. It is 2012 now, and in that time he’s lost once. Rashad Evans is the most underrated fighter in the entire sport. No-one can deny he is one of the best fighters, pound-for-pound in the world… I’m pumped for Jones v Evans. This is going to be historic fight for the division on April 21.”

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Nick Diaz enjoying being retired on a skateboard

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Siyar Bahadurzada Ready to Fight Again After ‘Dream' UFC Debut

"This is really huge for me," "To knockout Paulo Thiago in my UFC debut, that was the greatest debut I could ever wish. It happened and it was a dream." "Wow, (in) Afghanistan I have been all over the news the last two days," Bahadurzada gushed. "All the TV channels have reported the news that I won my fight in the UFC. Afghanistan is going crazy right now. "I always believed in myself, that one day I would fight in the big league and I would prove myself. This is exactly what's happening right now and it's a kind of relief for me." About the post knockdown situation: "I knocked somebody out one time (and it was) exactly the opposite," Bahadurzada remorsefully explained. "He came in like Paulo Thiago came, but he didn't (fall) face down, he went back. I turned around and I walked to celebrate my fight, and the guy stood back up. And then I had to fight him again and he did this turning kick, he almost knocked me out. "That's exactly what happened to my Paulo Thiago fight. If you see me, first when I knocked him out, I looked at him, I walked away, and all of a sudden I turned back. I was like, ‘I don't want Paulo Thiago to stand back up,' so I went back to him with my hands raised, ready to attack him again if he gets up. But then I saw that he was lying on the ground still, so I sat on my knees to pay respect and get up with him at the same time." "I wish to fight another top-10 fighter," Bahadurzada finished with a smile. "I want to get to the title as fast as possible. I'm ready for this."

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Kenny Florian defends King Mo, says he should be fighting in the UFC

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In an exclusive interview, Brock Lesnar explains why he came back to WWE

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