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Alistair Overeem Granted Fight License, Bout With Antonio Silva Now Official

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has been granted his fight license by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Overeem appeared before the board on Tuesday and was given his license after having it suspended for a failed drug test.

Overeem will face Antonio Silva in the co-main event of UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar on February 2. With a win, Overeem is expected to receive a UFC heavyweight title fight vs. Cain Velasquez.

Overeem was suspended for nine months after a pre-fight drug test revealed elevated levels of testosterone in his system. The failed test took him out of a planned title fight with Junior dos Santos.

“Just got licensed to fight in Nevada,” Overeem posted on Twitter after the hearing. “Looking forward to a lot of KO’s this year with the UFC.”

The commission said during the hearing that Overeem passed several tests given over the past few months, including ones in November and December that came back negative. His fight license was approved unanimously.