CULVER CITY, Calif. — UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum and his camp are convinced fellow heavyweight Alistair Overeem is on performance-enhancing drugs.
Overeem hasn’t tested positive for any anabolic steroids, but the results from a random screening by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last March showed the fighter had abnormally high levels of testosterone. This is reason enough for the Brazilian to accuse the Dutch striker of cheating.Â
“Yeah, for sure,” Werdum said when asked if he feels Overeem uses steroids, “because he had that positive test.”
“Everybody knows because he’s too big. It’s not normal. The guy’s too strong.”Â
Overeem has dealt with a massive amount of criticism since the positive test and subsequent rejection for a fighter’s license in Nevada. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champ, however, has openly voiced his innocence, blaming the high testosterone levels on an anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by a doctor named Hector Oscar Molina of Texas.
Â Unlike Werdum (pictured below), Overeem doesn’t feel the one positive test should damn his career or status in the UFC heavyweight division.
“One test doesn’t prove anything,” Overeem said on a recent episode of UFC Tonight. “I am hoping that I can prove to the world that I’m a clean fighter.”
Rafael Cordeiro, Werdum’s MMA coach, echoes the same sentiment as his fighter. The long-time cornerman recalls the days when a younger Overeem fought at 205 pounds — around 50 pounds less than he competes now. The difference is uncanny, according to Cordeiro, and tells him there’s more to what’sÂ being said by Overeem. Â Â
Â “It’s not fair. This is a sport, and the sport has a lot of rules. He broke the rules,” Cordeiro said when asked his opinion of the hulking heavyweight. “I saw this kid at 205, [and] he was skinny … And now, he looks like a horse!”
The soonest Overeem can compete again is this coming December, and he said he hopes to fight for the title at that time. Werdum, however, has made his case for contention with two consecutive wins since coming back to the UFC in February.
Although a title shot would be a great opportunity, Werdum said he wants to get one more fight done before competing for the gold. Additionally, he doesn’t think Overeem deserves a shot once he returns.
An immediate title fight following a suspension is disrespectful, according to Werdum.
“[For] Overeem to come back now and fight for the title, it’s not good,” he said, “because he [has] no respect for me and other guys.”
“I’m training every day; he [tests] positive … it’s not right.”
Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is scheduled to have a rematch with former heavyweight title holder Cain Velasquez later this year at a yet-to-be-determined UFC card. The first meeting between the two ended with dos Santos knocking Velasquez out on the UFC’s inaugural broadcast on FOX, earning the gold belt. Once that rematch is done with, Werdum wants to have a shot at whomever the winner is, but hopes it’s dos Santos because of their history together.
A 2008 knockout at the hands of the current champ is something Werdum would like to avenge. If it’s for the gold, it’ll make the opportunity that much sweeter.
“I want the No.1 in the world,” Werdum explained. “Junior ‘Cigano’ is the best in the world.”
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