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More on poor Overeem’s low T


Because of some strange disclosure laws in Nevada regarding testosterone testing, we now know that Alistair Overeem has low testosterone – 180 nanograms per deciliter as opposed to 400. But what’s 220 deciliters below normal mean? Here’s MMA Fighting to put it in perspective:

A reading below 300 would be considered low, and under 250 is low enough to open up risks of an assortment of health problems. Low testosterone leads to a variety of problems, among them diminished aggressiveness, decreased strength, diminished red blood cells (decreasing the oxygen carrying capacity in the blood and causing a decrease in stamina) and overall sluggishness.

These are issues that aren’t good for an average person, but would be disastrous for an athlete in a sport that requires the level of training to get through a camp, let alone the conditioning to compete at a high level once a fight begins.

“A competitor with low T levels would most likely not be in optimum condition to fight,” wrote Dr. Sherry Wulkan of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board in e-mail correspondence. She noted she was speaking in general terms for athletes with this condition and not specifically regarding Alistair Overeem.

Meanwhile, Alistair Overeem still looks like someone took three bodybuilders and turned them into a man sandwich. HOW CAN THIS BE?!?!

  • YoungDonDraper

    While on steroids your testosterone levels skyrocket, and if you’re on them long enough your natural production can shut down entirely. When ending a steroid cycle users take a variety of pills to block estrogen and promote natural testosterone production.

    It would be logical to assume that because Overeem had to quit steroids after the T/E ration scandal, his testosterone level feel through the floor. He probably couldn’t even take the normal things that help build up your normal production because they’re likely banned substances, though I haven’t verified that point.

    Gains made on steroids stick around after you’re off of them, so no one should expect Overeem to shrink like a popped balloon. Instead, what you’d expect would be a lot of muscle mass but much less definition and some extra fat, which is what we saw in the Bigfoot fight.

    Overeem has cost himself untold millions of dollars by failing that test. The loss to Bigfoot killed his marketability, and it will take years to build that back if he’s able to do it at all.

    You can say he made himself a bunch of money by cheating so it evens out in the end, but take a look at those K-1 tournaments and the giant, ripped 40-something fighters in that organization and you’ll see he was on a pretty level playing field.

  • Reverend Clint

    ^all steroids do is make it so you can workout like 2x as hard in the same amount of time/effort.

  • Voice of Reason

    ^Steroids do more than that bro. Prolonged use causes ur body to stop producing it naturally, which is why all these ripped athletes have low Ts. Of course they have other side effects too, mood swings, roid rage, all that shit.

  • Letibleu

    The good news is if he goes on TRT he will be monitored much more closely than if he wasn’t.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    No, Leti … just … No.

    Clint, they let you workout harder, but recover faster so you can actually work out even more. It’
    s a double whammy. Plus the boost they give your metabolism and energy levels overall, so triple whammy.

  • Blackula Jonez

    If only all that strength and conditioning effort would translate into oh don’t know basic striking defense and sparring time.

    If you are going to juice then your style/strategy should revolve around you overpowering your opponent.

    Overeem dicked around in that fight, got tired and then brutally finished for playing with his food. He will go on to exploit the TRT loophole like so many other fighters do but until champ after champ in the ufc is using this I will be fine.

    At the end of the day the better fighter is just that. When we are at the point where TRT is the only reason a champ is retaining his title maybe I will get upset, but that isn’t the case yet. Skill and ability still reigns supreme not science and loopholes.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Black – your enhanced metabolism doesn’t turn off when it’s time to drill, or when it’s time to spar. It suited Overeem fine when he was getting good instruction with his horsemeat.