Alistair Overeem, the GLORY heavyweight kickboxer and former UFC fighter has been slapped with a year long suspension by the promotion as well as the Dutch Doping Authority in the wake of a failed drug test.
The test, which was submitted following his fight against Badr Hari at COLLISION 4 last October, returned a positive result from Overeem’s A sample, with the B sample confirming the result.
The suspension had been handled in November following the result from A sample, and the Dutch fighter’s team cited that the detected substance is not a performance enhancer and the B sample will return negative.
However, with the return of the positive result from the B sample, Overeem’s suspension is now confirmed. On top of that, he will also be fined a part of his fight purse, as well as his unanimous decision victory over Hari has been turned into a no-contest, and he has been removed from the GLORY Heavyweight rankings as well.
“Alistair Overeem as widely reported has been caught violating the GLORY anti-doping rules,” said Scott Rudmann, Executive Vice-Chairman of the promotion to Beyond Kickboxing in early 2023. “He is in the process of having his situation judged and decided by the combination of the Dutch Anti-Doping Authority and GLORY. Again, a decision and conclusion are expected by the end of January.”
While it is unclear what is the next path of action for the Dutch heavyweight, rumors suggest that “Ubereem” is inching closer to ONE Championship in a return back to mixed martial arts from kickboxing.
The former UFC heavyweight and one-time title challenger will have his ban ending in October 2023, which will make him eligible for the recently announced GLORY Heavyweight Grand Prix, an 8-a-side heavyweight tournament set to take place every December.