Very Bad News for Former Title Challenger Alistair Overeem After Glory Win

Published 11/21/2022, 12:15 PM EST

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According to the latest reports, former UFC star Alistair Overeem has tested positive for a banned substance. The 42-year-old heavyweight recently competed in the Collision 4 event hosted by Glory Kickboxing. This marked Overeem’s return to MMA for the first time in over a decade.

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Overeem resumed his kickboxing career with a win over longtime rival Badr Hari. However, Overeem’s positive test has cast a shadow over a staple win in his career.

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Alistair Overeem tested positive for a banned substance after his kickboxing return

Alistair Overeem returned to kickboxing with a win against Badr Hari. The pair had one win each from their previous meetings in the ring. “The Demolition Man” resumed his kickboxing career in spectacular fashion with a dominant performance against Hari and taking the trilogy for himself.

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However, Overeem has now tested positive for a banned substance from a sample taken on the night of the fight. The event went down on October 8th at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. He scored 28-27 on four judges’ scorecards and 29-26 on another to secure the unanimous decision victory.

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Overeem’s performance and subsequent win earned him a title shot against the Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. However, that fight looks to be in jeopardy in light of this new controversy. According to reports, an ‘A’ sample returned positive for banned substances and the ‘B’ sample is being tested for confirmation.

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Overeem’s team put forth a statement that the substance found is not performance-enhancing. Interestingly, this is not Overeem’s first run-in with the narcs.

Overeem’s positive tests in the UFC

Overeem joined the UFC in 2011 and had tested positive for banned substances earlier as well. Following his victory over Brock Lesnar, he failed the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s drug test. This cost him a UFC heavyweight title shot against the former champion, Junior Dos Santos.

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“The Reem” has always been a jacked figure. There were running jokes on the internet and among MMA fans about his ‘horsemeat diet.’ After he failed the drug test, Overeem spent nine months under suspension.

Upon his return, he stumbled to get back to winning ways. However, he managed to go four fights without tasting defeat until he met former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in 2016.

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Will we see history repeating itself? Do you think this failed test will cost Overeem another title shot just as it did in the UFC? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.
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