Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem spent the past several months conducting drug testing on a constant basis. Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test early in 2012, and was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Now, having passed all of the tests, Overeem is ready to return to the Octagon. “The Reem” faces Antonio Silva at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar on February 2.
Overeem previously stated that he was tested seven times over the nine-month period of his suspension by the commission. He was granted his fight license in late December.
“Well, I did the drug testing with my management. If it’s necessary for me to do more drug testing, I’ll do that,” Overeem said, when asked during a recent conference call if he planned to continue the voluntary testing. “If not, I’ll probably not. It’s something that I’ll have to take up with my management.”
Overeem was set to face Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title before being removed from the bout. It is likely that a win over Silva gains Overeem another title shot, this time against Cain Velasquez.