Heavyweight Alistair Overeem will be back inside the Octagon in less than a month after the Nevada Athletic Commission opted to reinstate his license to fight during a hearing the regulatory board held earlier today. Overeem’s status had been up in the air for the past nine months after “The Demolition Man” showed an elevated T:E ratio from testosterone use during the build up towards a bout with then-champion Junior dos Santos.
During the meeting it was revealed Overeem had submitted a number of voluntary drug tests over the past six months and also passed a pair of NAC screenings issued in November/December.
“For me, it’s now back to work, back to entering the gym. I’m already basically in shape, so it’s just a couple more weeks of grinding it, and then it’s going to be showtime again,” said Overeem after the good news in a conversation with MMAJunkie.
Overeem is set to face Antonio Silva on February 2 at UFC 156 where he will attempt to earn a crack the division belt.
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