Alistair Overeem Fails Drug Test, Win Over Badr Hari Overturned to No Contest

Alistair Overeem, UFC Vegas 9 weigh-in
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 04: Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Alistair Overeem is once again in hot water for failing a drug test.

The Dutch heavyweight, a former UFC title contender and Strikeforce champ, has seen his win over Badr Hari at GLORY Collision 4 last October overturned to a No Contest after failing a drug test due to the presence of an unspecified banned substance.

“The Demolition Man” is also banished for a year as a result of the infraction, and will be fined a portion of his winnings from the fight.

Dutch outlet VechtsportInfo was first to report news of Overeem’s sanctions. GLORY officials also confirmed to Cageside Press that Overeem had been pulled from the kickboxing organization’s rankings.

“Alistair Overeem has been removed from the GLORY rankings and his fight again Badr Hari is ruled a ‘No Contest. due to a violation of GLORY’s anti-doping rules,” promotion officials wrote in a brief statement.

The promotion deferred to Team Overeem for additional comment. It is not, however, Overeem’s first doping offence. Ahead of his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, Overeem hastily departed U.S. soil when asked to submit a drug test sample; the fight was only allowed to proceed after the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued the fighter a conditional license for the fight.

Overeem’s conditional license for the 2011 blockbuster required he undergo two post-fight drug tests within six months of the fight. A little over four months later, however, he failed a drug test leading into his fight with Junior Dos Santos.

It’s unclear whether Overeem ever took the required two drug tests following the Lesnar fight, but his win over the WWE star was not overturned, and the JDS infraction treated as a separate incident. Overeem was handed down a nine-month suspension, after returning a T/E (testosterone/epitestosterone) ratio of 14:1 (the allowable limit at the time was 6:1 under NSAC rules, though the average person has a 1:1 ratio).

Overeem fought through the remainder of his UFC career without incident, and was released by the promotion in early 2021. He subsequently signed a multi-fight deal with GLORY, returning to kickboxing for the first time in over a decade.