Alistair Overeem went from being a 205-pound light heavyweight who lost frequently, to looking like a different human being, gaining nearly 60 pounds of competitive weight with no increase in body fat. Due to that, he probably had more suspicion over steroids than nearly any MMA competitor, even before he tested positive the first time he was tested on a date he wasn't told about well in advance.
The heavyweight came back after UFC 156 with a blood testosterone level reading of 179 nanograms per deciliter, a figure that would be considered dangerously low for a competitive athlete.
While Overeem was sitting out the nine-month suspension, one of the things he did was on several occasions provide the Nevada commission with results of both blood and urine tests. In all of those tests, the 32-year-old Overeem blood level reading was consistently in the 180 nanograms per deciliter.
Overeem's test was low enough that most doctors would recommend him to be on a testosterone replacement plan even if he was not an athlete. But there would be a question, given his previous failure, of him being granted a testosterone use exemption in Nevada.
Nevada's ruling is that if someone's testosterone level is low due to previous steroid use, even though they may need the therapy to live a relatively normal life, the prior cheating excludes them from being able to use it.
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