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Alistair Overeem doesn’t plan on waiting for UFC title-shot

In the eyes of most, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is unquestionably the top contender in the division after racking up a number of consecutive wins including those over Fabricio Werdum and Brock Lesnar. However, with the Dutchman currently unable to obtain a license to fight before late December the next crack at champion Junior dos Santos has been handed to former title-holder Cain Velasquez.

Though many fighters in Overeem’s shoes would sit idly by for a few extra months while waiting for a shot at the strap, according to the 32-year old’s management team, “The Demolition Man” is itching to fight and will ask for an opponent the instant he is cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

“He would have loved to have had the opportunity to fight for the title, but Alistair is a fighter, and as a fighter he will fight whoever they put in front of him,” said representative Glenn Robinson in an interview with MMAWeekly. “He wants to come back as soon as he can. We have to wait until the Nevada State Athletic Commission can give him the license, and he’s doing everything he can to live by the letter of the law so that there’s no issue with getting that license when the time comes.”

“He’s going to be ready to fight the second that there’s a fight,” Robinson added. “He’s not going to need a camp, because he’s never left camp. The day that he’s allowed to be licensed, if they want him to fight the next day, he’ll be ready.”

Overeem’s current status is the result of having tested positive for an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use. He has since shown a willingness to take monthly drug tests to re-establish faith from outsiders critical of his failed screening as well as that of the NAC in hopes of getting licensed sooner than expected.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    This friggin thing has been going in circles for months now…

    Reem training & doing everything he can to show NSAC he’s clean.

    NSAC stating he won’t be licensed until after his suspension expires right near the end of December.

    The UFC stating they won’t again book him for a fight till he’s cleared & licensed.

    Reem reiterating he’s training hard and confident he’ll be able to fight again in 2012.

    Rinse & repeat.

    I just don’t see how he fights in 2012. Maybe the UFC will be willing to book him for the New Year’s weekend card, mitigating the risk by not having him in the main event title fight, and knowing they’ll need to have some type of fallback plan for whatever bout they book him in. But having been already burned by Reem once, and knowing there’s NSAC to deal with with virtually no cushion timing-wise, I doubt the UFC will have the appetite for such a shaky proposition.

    And by that point they can wait & see what happens with the Cain-JDS fight, to see if they can book the winner vs. Reem for the early part of the year, or if the winner will need any time off and Reem will need an in-between fight. So in other words, Reem’s status figures to be up in the air for another 4 months or so.

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  • Reem vs Big Country….I wanna see who falls down first!

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  • Dachman says:

    If you ask me this seems like a guy with bills to pay. I just don’t get the impression that Reem would be the type to live life on the cheap.

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  • raker says:

    It’s funny Reem says that cause I’m not waiting for his title shot either.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Aside from JDS or Cain, I can’t think of anyone in the UFC’s heavyweight roster who doesn’t get annihilated by Reem. Werdum maybe would have a chance, but as we saw in their Strikeforce ‘fight’, Fabricio will not even entertain the idea of letting Reem use his stand-up.

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  • MCM says:

    Werdum won the stand up in the Reem fight, Faust. If he would have circled instead of laying down, he would have won that fight easy.
    I also think Big Nog holds his own against Overeem. Styles make fights and all. Carwin could be dangerous if he comes back in shape too.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I thought Werdum’s stand up was OK in the Reem fight, but that whole fight sucked to be honest. Reem had no cardio, and Werdum had zero faith in his striking. Yes, he did reasonably well in that fight, but Overeem also had documented rib issues. If they fight again any time soon, I’d argue Reem smashes him.

    The constant butt flopping told me all I needed to know about Werdum’s confidence throwing hands with Reem, even when he was winning.

    I still think Werdum is near the top of HW pack, but I don’t see him beating the bigger / smarter Übereem.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    As for Big Nog, I love the guy but he’s been destroyed. If he ever does come back from the injuries sustained in the Mir fight, I would be very shocked — and equally happy — if Nog looks anything like his former self. The things that man has endured are simply jaw dropping.

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