- Sep 29, 2012
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Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada commission who often comes under attack from journalists and the public for not doing more to stem the tide of PED usage, deserves a huge amount of credit not only for ordering the random test that caught Overeem but then for subsequently testing Overeem repeatedly during his commission-imposed suspension.
In an era when those seeking to circumvent drug testing are far better funded than those trying to catch them, Kizer did yeoman's work to ensure, as best as possible, that Overeem is clean.
Overeem was testing himself throughout his nine-month suspension and forwarding the results to Kizer and the commission. This is where Kizer made a brilliant move, and showed his commitment to keeping PEDs out of the fight game.
On several occasions, shortly after Overeem had voluntarily submitted a blood and urine sample to prove his innocence, Kizer ordered him to submit to another test. An athlete who uses PEDs will often use them right after he or she has passed a drug test. The thinking is that they'll be clear for a while and can cheat with impunity.
Kizer knew that and ordered Overeem to be tested within a few days of when Overeem had had himself tested.
Overeem passed all of the tests, both the ones he did on his own and those ordered by Kizer. He rightfully was given his license by the commission on Tuesday via a unanimous vote, allowing him to fight Antonio "Big Foot" Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.