Following today’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and top contender to the UFC crown Alistair Overeem has officially been granted his license to fight Antonio Silva come February 2 in the co-main event of UFC 156.
“The ‘Reem” was ineligible to apply for a license for nine months behind a testing positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio during a random drug screening on March 27, 2012. That very result kept him out of a May title bout against then champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146.
After a chaotic hearing with the NSAC on April 24, the Dutchman was retroactively denied application for a license through December 27. During that period, Alistair would undergo NSAC sanctioned drug tests on November 16 and December 21, as well as five voluntary samples from June-November.
Overeem did his time and has now been granted a license to meet with Antonio Silva after today’s meeting.
The Blackzilians fighter told MMA Junkie:
I’m very happy to inform you guys that I got licensed to fight Feb. 2 in the UFC against ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. … For me, it’s now back to work, back to entering the gym. I’m already basically in shape, so it’s just a couple more weeks of grinding it, and then it’s going to be showtime again.”