Alistair Overeem Can Live With Drug Test Criticism
In an interview with USA Today (via MMA Junkie, Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) says he can live with the criticism of having a failed drug test. He has been out of the cage for fourteen months and will return at UFC 156 on Saturday against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (17-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in Las Vegas.
There had been speculation for years about Overeem, who went from light heavyweight to heavyweight halfway through his career. When he tested positive for elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels after a surprise drug test last March, many saw that as confirmation.
On failing the drug test: “Obviously it has created noise, some negative and some positive. Some fans, they liked me, and they still like me. Some liked me, and now don’t like me. Some didn’t like me and will never like me. It’s hard to predict. But I still get a lot of support from the fans. Look at my Twitter. I think a lot of fans are awaiting my return to the UFC.”
On meeting with Dana White about it: “I went in there, and I explained to him what happened. I explained my story, and I explained what my plans were, what steps I’d taken to prevent a similar accident in the future, and I think he appreciated that direct approach, the approach of taking responsibility for my actions. That set off our relationship in a new light.”
On being criticized: “I’m just being me, doing what I do, and it’s my job. Sometimes your job makes people like you, and sometimes it makes people not like you. It’s up to them to decide what they want to do.”