Alistair Overeem did little to ingratiate himself to UFC president Dana White when his drug test results forced him out of the UFC 146 main event against Junior dos Santos.
But, despite throwing a wrench into the UFC’s well-laid plans, Overeem retains his spot in the promotion and, according to UFC president Dana White, his position near the top of the division. Though he maintains his anger toward Overeem and insists that he will no longer personally be dealing with the Dutch heavyweight, White told media at the UFC 146 post-fight press conference that Overeem is serving out his punishment and should reenter the division at or near the front of the line.
“He went before the athletic commission and he got his punishment and he’s gonna serve his sentence now,” said White. “When he comes back, he has to apply for a license again and then we’ll go from there. Yeah, I mean I think he should (remain a top contender), yeah.”
Prior to being ousted from his title shot against dos Santos, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champ throttled Brock Lesnar in his UFC debut, announcing his presence in the promotion with a TKO of the former champion.
Overeem’s suspension will keep him from applying for a license until December 27 of this year.