Alistair Overeem has had a long history with addressing the performance-enhancing-drugs issue. And while he’s been clear of any controversy for over a year now, fellow heavyweight Fabricio Werdum believes Overeem is simply not the same fighter without them.
“He lacks a little bit in gas because of his steroids,” Werdum said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “He changes a lot if you take his juice off. Everybody saw what happened. Overeem is one fighter with his juice, but he changes completely without the juice. They took his powers … Let’s see how he does against Frank Mir, if he changed his strategy or training.”
Overeem last failed a drug test in 2012, when a pre-UFC 146 test found he had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. He was subsequently dropped from the bout, a title fight no less, and replaced by Frank Mir. Coincidentally, Overeem will face Mir in his next match up at UFC 169.
Werdum and Overeem also have some history together. They’ve battled twice before, with Werdum taking a submission victory in PRIDE in 2006, and Overeem scoring a decision in Strikeforce in 2011.
With these recent comments, it seems Werdum may be itching for a rubber match under the UFC banner in the near future. But first thing’s first, and Overeem has to get through Mir when both will fight to keep their jobs.
“Frank Mir is not doing well recently, too, but I believe Overeem will defend the takedowns and knock him out,” Werdum said. “Overeem is a good fighter, but let’s see how he does without his juice.”