Schiavello defends Overeem on Inside MMA

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Recently on Inside MMA, Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten, along with an all-star panel of Joe Rogan, Michael Schiavello, and Josh Barnett voiced their opinions on Alistair Overeem’s recent failure of a surprise blood test.

Schiavello spoke in Overeem’s defense, saying “I just wanna chime in here on a couple things that have been playing on my mind, the last week or so, since the news of Alistair broke. Alistair doesn’t have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn’t have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him?

“And B, everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They’ve been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it’s still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn’t technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There’s still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we’re calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?”

The argument that the NSAC had no jurisdiction to test Overeem because the conditional license he was granted at UFC 141 expired on Dec. 31, 2012 is not valid, as the NSAC held that Overeem was subject to two further PED screenings over the next six months.