ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Prior to “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” which took place Saturday, May 15, in St. Louis, Mo., there had been a ton of questions surrounding main event fighter Alistair Overeem.
The majority of those questions revolved around the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion’s physique and the amount of size and muscle he had acquired over the last couple of years. The accusations from the MMA community were that Overeem was using steroids.
Even Overeem’s opponent Brett Rogers had his own doubts about the champion’s “Eastern diet.”
It did not help Overeem’s case that he had not fought inside the United States or within an organization that performs drug testing since he won his Strikeforce title in Nov. 2007, nearly three years ago.
Because so much focus from the MMA community had been placed on Overeem’s possible steroid use, and because the state athletic commission was only going to be doing random urinalysis testing after the fights, Strikeforce decided for the first time ever to implement their own independent drug tests in addition to what the commission would do.
The Friday prior to “Heavy Artillery,” Strikeforce had every single one of the main card fighters tested.
It has been reported by a number of media outlets and ProMMAnow.com has since confirmed with Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz, that indeed Alistair Overeem’s drug test results have come back clean. It legitimizes the win and proves he was not using illegal performance enhancers during his fight with Brett Rogers.
Along with Overeem, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Joey Villasenor, Antwain Britt, Ranaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante have all tested clean as well. The remaining fighters’ test results should be known by Monday according to Afromowitz. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com as those results become available.