To the hoopla of MMA blogs desperate for news in this holiday season, Alistair Overeem has passed the first of several drug tests surrounding his fight with Brock Lesnar. All this because he mucked up a random testing requested by the NSAC. Here he was before the results:
I have had people – I will politely call them ‘haters’ – accuse me of taking steroids since I was a 185-lb. kickboxer at the age of 17. When I was 20, I’ve fought at a weight of 222 lbs. I am now aged 31, and weigh 35 lbs. more. I don’t think 35 lbs is too much to grow in 11 years from a 20-year-old to 31-year-old.
Facts are, I have been tested with the commission numerous times before when I fought in the U.S. and got tested in Japan. I always passed any testing, so hopefully now with these next tests coming and the fact of me being the most tested fighter in the sport, the critics may be satisfied. And if not, well, that’s not my problem, that is their problem.
What’s a problem is urine testing doesn’t really proove much, doubly so considering commissions aren’t even running all the tests they could be. FightOpinion transcribed a Sherdog radio interview with Dr. Margaret Goodman on the subject:
“The way commissions order tests now, the prices might have changed, but for example to do the regular drug screens that a commission would order, let’s say that they do the complete panel that goes through Quest labs. It could be somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 items, most of which are either drugs of abuse and a lot of other things that maybe aren’t even applicable to combat sports that’s included in the panel and then you’ve got the large amount of numbers of things that are done in the anabolic screening panel and diuretics and masking agents. That may only cost $300 but unfortunately the problem becomes is that you’re missing all these other items. You’re missing EPO, you’re missing checking the blood count which can only maybe cost you $8. But you’re missing all those other things and that’s why the process needs to be advanced and done the right way or not done at all.
“I do agree that urine is better for certain things but, once again, you want to test for everything that’s important and by not testing with blood in addition you’re missing a lot of things. You’re missing every possible instance of blood doping and that can really be lethal to an individual even more so in a lot of respects than someone taking anabolic steroids. The other thing that we’re missing here is, yes, something will stay in someone’s system longer but unfortunately if you don’t do certain kinds of testing, there’s a test (Carbon Isotope Ratio) called CIR. Bottom line is if you don’t do the right test to look for synthetic testosterone, you may miss it any way!”
The fun thing about doping is it’s always advancing forward and cheaters are always finding new ways to cheat. If you’re gonna catch anyone who’s doing steroids ‘right’, you better be randomly testing, testing the right stuff (aka blood), and testing across the board. You don’t do one of these things and you might as well not do it at all. Are the kind of steroids being done by top athletes capable of leaving the system without a trace within a few days? It’s possible. So right there, that has pretty much invalidated the way the NSAC is running random testing thus far.