Alistair Overeem will be meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this month to try and get himself licensed for a fight with Junior Dos Santos in December.
He is currently suspended until December 27 for failing a drug test undertaken in March. The UFC wants him on its end-of-year card and it appears the wheels are in motion to get him on there.
“I'm able to reapply for my license in December a couple days before the fight. But we have a strategy. We're going to go in front of the commission sooner with the argument of good behavior,” he said when he appeared on MMA Uncensored last night.
“We have been doing random [drug] tests on our own - they were all witnessed by an independent doctor -in the hope of getting a license sooner. I think we will get it sooner. Maybe a conditional license that I have to appear and do some random tests.”
For somebody under suspension, Overeem seems very sure that he will be able to get a license for the UFC’s end of year card in December. He has said more than once he expects to be fighting in December, even before announcing intention to try and get a conditional license.
For example, in this July 9 interview with MMA Fighting he says at 08:28 “I‘m aiming for a December return. I believe I am going to fight in December” - a bold prediction for someone who is suspended until two days before the relevant event.
Seeing as Overeem has been talking openly for so long about being on the December card, it begs the question - what makes him so sure he will be licensed?
Incidentally, ESPN writer Brett Okamoto has today confirmed with Lorenzo Fertitta that Junior Dos Santos is on the December 29 card - but the opponent is TBA. Judging by his public demeanour, Overeem seems pretty sure it will be him.