Prohibited heavyweight Alistair Overeem is not scheduled to be reinstated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) until Dec. 27th. However, during his appearance on last night’s UFC Uncensored Live, Overeem admitted that he has a court hearing this month to go before the commission in hopes of a conditional license to fight for the title.
“Well nothing confirmed yet, but my position is very clear I think. I want to fight Dos Sanotos, I want to get that belt. Recently I read an interesting interview that Dos Santos wants to fight me over Cain. So, I’m all for and I think Dana White likes it too. And besides Dana White, I think the fans are [into it] more importantly. So we have to wait to see what happens in the next couple weeks.”
Of course in order for Overeem to get his way, he will need to get over the large hurdle that is the NSAC.
“A very important factor is my license. I’m not licensed yet to fight, so the UFC can not promote anything. I’m able to re-apply for my license in late December. But we have a strategy. We are going to go before the commission sooner with the argument of good behavior. We have been doing random tests on our own. These are all witnessed by an independent doctor in hope of getting it sooner [licensing], and I think we will get it sooner. Maybe a conditional license that I have to appear to do random tests.”
We had seen in the past Overeem strongly believing that he would bypass the commission. The question is, will the commission actually see Alistair earlier than his scheduled return?
“We have a set day, yes. This month.”
“Again, nothing confirmed. We are going to try and get it and hopefully we will.”
Not all fans are looking forward to seeing “The Reem” return to the octagon as he implies. Some fans of the sport believe that he had been caught with steroids by the NSAC’s random drug test. In Overeem’s defense, that is not exactly true. Overeem responds to his ‘haters.’
“To answer those guys. I don’t use steroids. I’ve never used steroids. I got a medical injection with something in it that raised the level off. So, no steroids, never steroids. So, there argument is invalid.”
Co-host of the show, Luke Thomas makes the valid point that Nick Diaz recently had his attorney present an ‘air-tight’ case for his marijuana use that he was caught with after his fight with Carlos Condit. The commission however refused to budge on the topic as Diaz continues to fight the uphill battle even now with an upcoming appeal.
*Update* @bokamotoESPN Brett Okamoto
ESPN confirms with @lorenzofertitta JDS is scheduled for Dec. 29 in Las Vegas but opponent TBD.