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Video: Embattled UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem undergoes cross examination at NSAC hearing

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Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Alistair Overeem appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) yesterday (April 24, 2012) to answer for a failed drug test administered back on March 27 in advance of the UFC 146 pay-per-view (PPV) event on May 26 in Las Vegas.

"The Reem," who returned a testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) level of 14:1, argued he was unaware that the anti-inflammatory medication he was receiving to help expedite the healing process for an injured rib was laced with testosterone.

Despite getting his prescription from a male performance-enhancement doctor.

In fact, Overeem had a reasonable explanation for everything -- except for why he was hauling ass out of the MGM Grand on March 27 after learning of the surprise drug test. The NSAC also complimented him for his "intelligence" and command of the English language, even though it's not his native tongue.

Sandwiching those two major points around a shady doctor didn't leave the commission -- who praised "Demolition Man" as a "champion" in their eyes -- from handing down a denial of his fight license lasting nine months from the date of his test (no pun intended).

Watch a video replay of Overeem's NSAC cross examination after the jump.

For the running live blog from yesterday's NSAC hearing as well as a recap of the results click here and here.