Thursday morning Heidi Fang of MMA Fight Corner spoke with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer who disclosed that UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem has officially reapplied for his fight license.
The Dutch brawler’s hearing will be a part of the January 8, 2013 NSAC’s agenda that will decide whether or not he will be licensed to fight in time to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 in Nevada on February 2nd.
The drama all began prior to UFC 146 when Overeem was randomly drug tested by the NSAC following a pre-fight press conference. Overeem was initially slated to face Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight title. Instead, he tested positive for testosterone with a 14-1 ratio and was suspended by the NSAC for 9 months.
Though his suspension ended today (nine months from the day he was tested), he must still attend the hearing to get re-licensed. If the license is approved, he will be able to fight at the Super Bowl weekend card at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
It is possible, considering the circumstances, that he may be issued a license that is contingent upon further drug tests by the NSAC. In the event he is not re-licensed, Overeem would have to wait another year to re-apply according to Kizer.