Overeem denied license after failed drug test

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011, file photo, Alistair Overeem, of the Netherlands celebrates his fvictory over Brock Lesnar after a UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts match in Las Vegas. Overeem failed a drug test in Nevada, putting plans for a scheduled heavyweight championship matchup in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011, file photo, Alistair Overeem, of the Netherlands celebrates his fvictory over Brock Lesnar after a UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts match in Las Vegas. Overeem failed a drug test in Nevada, putting plans for a scheduled heavyweight championship matchup in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has been denied a license to fight in Nevada after failing a drug test and pulling out of a championship bout next month.

Overeem told mixed martial arts regulators in Nevada that a doctor-prescribed anti-inflammatory caused him to fail the test.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday ruled that the Dutch kickboxing champion can’t reapply for a license until late December.

Overeem says he aggravated a rib injury on his left side before a press conference in March for UFC 146. He says his doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory that was mixed with testosterone.

He says he didn’t know about the mix but that knows he should know what’s going into his body.

The fighter apologized in a statement released by his managers.