Will This Be Alistair Overeems Defense? Michael Schiavello Chimes In On Two Reasons Why ‘The Demolition Man’ Shouldn’t Be Suspended


Last night on HDNet’s ‘Inside MMA’ broadcast, Michael Schiavello put up a surprising defense of Alistair Overeem’s recent drug test failure.

According to Schiavello:

“I just wanna chime in here on a couple things that have been playing on my mind, the last week or so, since the news of Alistair (Overeem) broke. Alistair doesn’t have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn’t have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And ‘B,’ everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They’ve been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it’s still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn’t technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There’s still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we’re calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?”

So his defense is that Overeem was 1) wrongfully tested because he’s not licensed by the NSAC, and 2)unless he ‘pisses hot’ on fight night he hasn’t technically cheated yet.

Hmm, anyone agree with his comments?


  1. J Aranda

    April 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Read NAC 467.850 section 5:

    An unarmed combatant shall submit to a urinalysis or chemical test if the Commission or a representative of the Commission directs him or her to do so.

    In addition to this, Overeem was already in trouble for being late on other testing and agreed to submit 3 random samples when requested by the NSAC.

  2. Ron Pauly

    April 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Schiavello was playing devils advocate on this issue. Overeem was given a conditional license to fight Brock and was required to take additional test as part of that license.

  3. G.B.Hamerick

    April 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Overeem is done start lokking for a fight in dream or pride cause you are done in UFC

    • Larry

      April 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Pride?? Pride no longer exists.

      • G.B.Hamerick

        April 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Thats my point overeem is a dead duck in a dead game next time i will spell it out.

        • MikeyCC

          April 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

          He'll be back in the UFC in exactly a year. He's too big a draw for Dana to let him go no matter what he does. One year, big event, and it'll be a #1 Contender's match.

  4. ron shaw

    April 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I don't know what he's appealing this case for. What could he possible say that will change their minds.

  5. Big Mike

    April 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    You never know, a good lawyer may find a loophole for him – remember that Dana has every intrest that the JDS UBEREEM fight happens…

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