Written by: Karim Zidan

After several months with nothing more than a few tweets to keep fans talking, Alistair Overeem is back in the media spotlight discussing his recent positive test result as well as his intentions of facing Junior dos Santos.

Speaking to hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian on “UFC Tonight”, Overeem detailed his reasoning behind staying out of the public eye:

“When I had the positive test result, I didn’t know why that was and I didn’t want to talk about something that I didn’t know about,” said Overeem, who was speaking via satellite from Davie, Fla. “By the time we researched it, I had just gotten out of this situation in front of the commission. To avoid, if we were going to do all the questions which come from the media, that’s not going to solve the situation, especially if you didn’t know where it comes from or what you’re talking about.”

“I didn’t think that was the right thing to do. So we decided to do research, stay quiet, when we did have the research done we went in front of the commission and we explained our side of the story.”

“Like I explained in front of the commission, this was due to medication I received from a licensed doctor, due to injury,” he said. “This caused a spike in my T-E ratio, and, yeah, I did it, took responsibility for it, stepped away from a title fight, and now I’m slowly building up the confidence with the commission by doing random tests, monthly tests, to show that I am a clean fighter, this is my to prove that I am legit”

“What I want to show the world is that I am a clean fighter, I’ll do these tests on my own. One test doesn’t say anything. If I do these tests every 3-4 weeks, then you prove to everyone that you are clean, the medical staff is observing you taking the test, so there’s no foul play involved. … What I’m hoping to acheive is that I can prove to the world that I ama clean fighter. I’m doing it for myself as well as for the fans. For me, myself, my fans, for the commission, I am a clean fighter.

Overeem also mentioned his intention to face Junior dos Santos in December, a venture that is highly unlikely according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer as well as Zuffa owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

“I know I have a lot of support and would like to take the opportunity to thank fans who have voiced that support, emails, tweets from people all over the world from people who say they want to see me back in there,” said Overeem. “For you guys, I’m training every day to improve my game. When I’m back in there, hopefully in December, hopefully for the title, I’m going to show the world I’m number one.”

Article transcribed by Dave Doyle of mmafighting.com.

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