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No Overeem NYE

Yesterday, Alistar Overeem declared he was gonna be fighting for the UFC in December. It must have just been wishful thinking on his part, because the dude in charge of dealing with all things Overeem moving forward (Lorenzo Fertitta) said it ain’t so:

The UFC will not book Alistair Overeem for fights in Las Vegas until he reapplies and is granted a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

Overeem, currently serving a nine-month suspension under the NSAC for a failed drug test in March, caused widespread speculation Monday when he stated on Twitter he would return to the cage in December.

The Dutch heavyweight is eligible to reapply for a license on Dec. 27. If approved, he would technically be available to compete in Las Vegas at the UFC’s annual year-end card, which is expected to take place Dec. 29.

That scenario appears unlikely though, as Fertitta stated he would not promote an Overeem fight until the NSAC formally approves his license application.

“That’s speculation,” Fertitta said in a text to ESPN.com. “It’s in the NSAC’s hands. (The UFC) can’t be presumptuous.”

As much as it made sense for the UFC to cram Overeem onto a card ASAP to make some PPV cash, it also makes sense for them to wait a month or two to make sure there’s no hiccups in re-licensing – or criticism that they’re fast tracking a PED user back into the rotation two days after his suspension ends. What difference does it make if Alistair fights on NYE or in January or February? No skin off the UFC’s back, that’s for sure. And this is just another sign that the UFC recognizes the average fan is getting jaded over the ‘business as usual’ attitude towards guys popping positive and then rolling forward with their careers as if nothing happened.

So bravo to the UFC for making ‘the right choice.’ AKA one that causes less waves for them, at no cost to their bottom line at all.

  • iamphoenix

    Did the forums test postive for PED’s? Is that why we can’t use them anymore?

  • agentsmith

    I don’t blame them.  Don’t bank on a guy getting successfully relicensed within 48 hours of a fight.  That’s just too much of a gamble even for guys like Dana White.

  • Giallo

    I wanna see him back in there as soon as possible. I doubt anyone would give a shit as long as it wasn’t a tittle fight.

  • Reverend Clint

    seems like overeem has put the roids before the needle on this one

  • SHORT_BUS

    Reading Lorenzo’s quote, he didn’t say no. Overoids on the end of year card is still a possibility IMO.

  • agentsmith
  • agentsmith

    ^ Which reads:

    I’m doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada state athletic commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC.

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