Bas Rutten reports Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos may be on


Co-host of Inside MMA on HDNet and former UFC and Pancrase champion Bas Rutten is reporting on twitter that he hears the heavyweight champonship between Junior Dos Santos and challenger Alistair Overeem is still going to happen, despite Overeem's failure of a surprise pre fight test for PEDs.

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
I hear we still might c the JDS/Overeem fight? Haha, awesome. Let me get more info

johnathan willis ‏ @crunchless
that's a ridiculous message to send, having the man who just failed a drug test fighting for the title is bad juju #armyofdoom

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
i know it's freaking insane, cheating and maybe still fighting? But this is America, and crap like that happens, JDS can set it straight though if it happens. Let me get more info first, but that's news I received.

Patrick Thorne ‏ @PhatPatDaKlepto
Let Reem keep juicing, and let JDS use brass knuckles. Seems fair to me.

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
u can't juice the jaw!

chris boyce ‏ @tsdstud
interesting... I'm pretty torn on it if ubereem is actually found to have been cheating though

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
He did, we know this now, but in America we heard the story of a burglar who injured himself while breaking in, got money from the victims, it's insane, the law is BS. Let JDS be the judge IF it happens

George H. ‏ @halitosisMMA
In fact, JDS could be Overeem's punishment

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
I think it's BS also, but we have heard crazier things. I thought the NSAC was simply gonna deny his fight permit maybe they still can, I

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
Just inform you guys of news that I heard, wanna keep you "in the loop". We will see, asaih something, I let u guys know

RichF ‏ @Liberty8691
they're going to let overroid fight? how's he going to wiggle out of this one?

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
I hear a "technicality" butlers just wait and c what happens, I let you guys know.

unknownpharoah ‏ @unknownpharoah1
c'mon Bas im one of your biggest fans but your clear dislike and agenda with @Alistairovereem is not a good look for you.

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
did exactly the same with anybody else who tested positive, if u r indeed a big fan, u should know that

Bas Rutten ‏ @BasRuttenMMA
tell me what I did different then I did with other fighters who tested positive? Would live to hear that

The most plausible route through which Overeem might still fight is a therapuetic exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy. If there is no deadline for a Therapeutic Use Exemption, then Overeem could supply verification from an MD that he was being treated for low levels of testosterone, and thus might still be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

T/E Primer

Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone, and an anabolic steroid, increasing protein synthesis within cells, which results in the buildup of cellular tissue (anabolism), especially in muscles. Testosterone plays a key role in the development of male secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle, bone mass, and the growth of body hair.

If Testosterone glucuronide (TG) levels naturally increase, epitestosterone glucuronide (EG) levals also increase. Thus an athletes T/E (testosterone / epitestosterone) ratio is an important indicator of the external administration of any synthetic hormones, because a external source of testosterone will only increase TG levels, while EG levels will remain the same.

A normal ratio is 1:1, when tested through a urine sample. However, there is natural variation in the ratio within the population. 95% of men fall into between 1:1 and 3.7:1 while 99% of men fall into between 1:1 and 5:1. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) allows up to 4:1, while the Nevada State Athletic Commission allows up to 6:1.

Testosterone is particularly attractive to cheating athletes, as unlike many other PEDs, it is naturally occuring. In the case of other PEDs, the presence of the drug has to be masked, and the masking agents are as well tested for.

In the case of testosterone, time will bring levels to normal. Every eight days half the artifiical testosterone in a human body is washed out. Thus in the case of Overeem, after eight days, his 14:1 ratio would be at 7:1, and after 16 days it would be at 3.5:1, well under the limit set by the NSAC.

However, Overeem was subject to two random tests administered by the NSAC. The rest is a history that is unfolding daily.

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