'The Reem' secures license to fight 'Bigfoot'
MANILA, Philippines – Dutch mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Alistair Overeem has been given the green light to fight against Antonio “Bigfoot" Silva in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 156.
According to MMA Weekly, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has finally granted Overeem a fight license following a nine-month suspension over a failed drug test in April 2012.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said Overeem has submitted a total of five drug tests in the last nine months. All of the tests came back negative.
The commission also tested Overeem randomly between November 16 and December 21, 2012. Both of the tests also returned negative results.
“I'm ready to get my life back on track,” said the 260-pound Overeem during his appearance before the commission.
The hulking Overeem was supposed to fight Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight title in UFC 146. The fight, however, was shelved after the Dutch kickboxer tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.
Overeem will now have to get past fellow giant Silva for a shot against reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.