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Alistair Overeem to receive title-shot in 2013

When UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem finally makes his return to the Octagon it will have been more than a year since the devastating Dutchman last fought. Regardless of the extended break, it looks like Overeem will still receive a crack at the divisional championship as he would have months ago prior to showing an elevated T:E ratio in a drug test later confirmed to have been brought on by testosterone use.

According to UFC President Dana White, “The Demolition Man” will face the winner of a December duel between heavyweight king Junior dos Santos and former title-holder Cain Velasquez in a bout being targeted for March/April 2013. White’s comments came in a conversation with media members after the UFC 153 press conference had concluded (captured on video by MMAFighting).

Overeem has emerged with his hand raised in eleven consecutive clashes including wins over Brett Rogers, Brock Lesnar, and Fabricio Werdum. He holds an overall record of 36-11 with 34 stoppages to his credit.

Dos Santos-Velasquez are scheduled to face off on December 29 at UFC 155.