Alistair Overeem has not fought since last December, knocking out former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Currently suspended, Overeem has been called the No. 1 contender by many, but his lone focus at this time is just getting his fight license back.
“He would like to fight as soon as possible after he gets licensed,” said Glenn Robinson, Overeem’s manager, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “We’re appreciative that Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) want him to fight for the title, and we’re thankful for that, but right now the focus is to get licensed.”
Junior dos Santos, the current UFC heavyweight champion, will meet Cain Velasquez at the end of December. Overeem is scheduled to attempt to regain his license that same month, but the UFC cannot book him for a bout until he does so.
“Based upon when he gets licensed and it also depends on the winner of dos Santos and Cain fight come out unscathed,” Robinson said. “What if the winner comes out and has an injury and doesn’t want to fight for eight months? So there’s a lot of ‘what ifs,’ so right now we’re just focusing on getting licensed. Once we get licensed, then we’ll figure out who we’re going to fight.”
Overeem has not lost since 2007 when he was knocked out by Sergei Kharitonov. He is 36-11-1 in his career, including recent wins over Fabricio Werdum, Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers.