Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem likely will not be able to acquire his fight license until December. That knocks him out of the running for a potential shot at UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Nonetheless, Overeem wants to fight as soon as he can, according to his manager Glenn Robinson during a recent appearance on MMA Weekly Radio.
“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,” Robinson said. “He’s going to be ready to fight the second that there’s a fight. He’s not going to need a camp, because he’s never left camp.”
Overeem has take plenty of verbal jabs at dos Santos, but the UFC seems set on pairing “Cigano” with Cain Velasquez in December. Overeem’s nine-month suspension for a banned substance will end in December, two days before the expected UFC 155 card.
Robinson added that Overeem is in peak shape, saying, “All that’s going to happen is whoever does face him is in a lot of trouble.”