Nevada Athletic Commission executive officer Keith Kizer has put a stake through the heart of talk surrounding heavyweight Alistair Overeem returning to the Octagon sooner than he is currently eligible for, implying “The Demolition Man” will likely not be available to face UFC champion Junior dos Santos on December 29 as had been rumored.
Kizer’s statements came in an interview with MMAFighting where he said, “Even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don’t see this as the case. I’d be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don’t think this is the case to use that discretion.”
“This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done,” he added, alluding to Overeem allegedly exiting the premises last March after learning a random drug test was in line for a group of heavyweights promoting an upcoming event.
The screening ultimately found an elevated T:E ratio in Overeem’s system that was later linked to testosterone use. Since then Overeem has been undergoing random drug tests in hopes of receiving a license – even one with conditions – before December 27 when the punishment runs out.
Overeem went on MMA Uncensored last week where he stated he was scheduled to meet with the NAC later this month to discuss the possibility, a claim Kizer denied to be true, saying, “That must be wishful thinking. He will not be on the agenda.”
With Overeem officially out of the picture it seems Cain Velasquez is instead destined to dance again with Dos Santos at the UFC’s year-end event.
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