The Rise and Fall of Alistair Overeem

On Nov. 16, 2007, Dutch kickboxer Alistair Overeem won the Strikeforce Heavyweight title in dramatic fashion, tipping off a 12-fight unbeaten streak. The behemoth took out seven fighters inside of 90 seconds, won multiple titles in MMA, and earned top honors in the K-1 World Grand Prix. Arguably his 2010 campaign was the best of any combat sports heavyweight in history.

Now, his name is a punch line among mixed martial arts aficionados…and we all knew he was doping. Earlier in his career, Overeem fought between 185 and 205 pounds with mixed results. From Aug. 2003 to Feb. 2007, he went 8-7. In his UFC 141 victory over Brock Lesnar, he tipped the scales at 263 pounds.

Not that every pro athlete who mysteriously bulks up 60-80 pounds in five years is a cheater, but it certainly raised some eyebrows. Especially when the Dutchman skipped a mandatory PED test before his last bout, leading the Nevada State Athletic Commission to grant him a “conditional” license with more random tests.

Surprise! Random Test!

Overeem’s T/E ratio was 14-to-1, whereas the legally allowed amount to fight is just 6-to-1.

Here’s hoping the UFC does the right thing and cuts Overeem immediately. If he wants to come back, he’ll need to earn his spot after a public apology, a few years fighting overseas and a promise to the MMA faithful not to F us over again.

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