Overeem: I will be fighting in December to get that belt sooner rather than laterPosted on June 18, 2012, 01:23 PM by Mike Searson
Allistair Overeem claims he will be fighting in December. According to a post on his Twitter account:
I'll be fighting again in December and mark my words, I'll be back.. to get the belt, sooner rather later.— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 18, 2012
Overeem is currently serving a 9-month suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. the suspension was retroactive to March 27, the day of the test. That means Overeem's suspension will expire in late December. If the UFC holds a year-end pay-per-view card in Las Vegas on December 29, Overeem could be eligible to apply for a license to fight on it.
The question is, who will he fight?
The likely answer would be current Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos, as this was the fight he was pulled from and replaced by Frank Mir at UFC 146. That answer does not float with the champ, however. According to dos Santos via ESPN: "I would like him to do a test, a blood test. I think we both need to do that. I want a clean fight and he needs to prove he is not under any kind of substances. When you have a fight with two ‘clean’ fighters, you will know after the fight who is the real champion. A guy who uses doping is a fake fighter. I think he doesn’t deserve a title shot right now. Overeem needs to have another fight before having a title shot."
Ultimately, the UFC will decide who fights whom, but according to Overeem's tweet, he has his eyes on the belt that JDS has been sporting.