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Alistair Overeem takes first step towards getting licensed to fight

Alistair OvereemEarlier this year a much anticipated meeting between UFC heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos was scrapped when the devastating Dutchman got popped in a random drug test for having an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use. As a result, Overeem was deemed ineligible for a license to fight and forced to sit on the sidelines for nine months…until this week, that is.

With December 27 marking the end of Overeem’s sentence, “The Demolition Man” is now in the clear and hasn’t wasted any time working on getting the proper paperwork in place. According to MMA Fight Corner, Overeem has already filed an application with the Nevada Athletic Commission and will be part of a January 8 meeting where a decision will be made about his future.

If approved, Overeem will go on to fight Antonio Silva at UFC 156 as planned. However, it is possible he could have to submit a sample for testing in order to get licensed.

The 32-year old Overeem is one of the top heavyweights in MMA, holding a career mark of 36-11 with 34 stoppages. He is 1-0 in his UFC career, stopping Brock Lesnar with strikes almost a year ago to the day.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC