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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