It's been a while for The Demolition Man.
Alistair Overeem lost his fighting license in the state of Nevada after failing a surprise drug test carried out at UFC 146 pre-fight press conference back in March of 2012. Today, the Dutchman has finally got his license back, by this making his UFC 156 fight with Antonio Silva "officially official".
MMAJunkie.com's John Morgan Tweeted the most important bits of Overeem's face-to-face with the commission (via the UG):
-Blasting through a few reservation dates and grant requests, and now it's time for Overeem.
-Jovial start to Overeem's hearing, as he's questioned about the weather in Florida, his new home.
-Overeem: "We've done everything we can to correct the errors that were made."
-Kizer said Overeem sent in five tests between June and November that were all clean. Additionally, he was tested by NSAC on 11/16 and 12/21.
-Alistair said he's been training during his time off and is actually bigger than he was before.
-Alistair said he has a new nutritionist and a better medical team to ensure he's always clean.
-Pat Lundvall asking if Alistair has insight on any lessons NSAC can learn from this situation.
-Overeem suggest NSAC needs to address the difficulty of arranging testing internationally.
-Motion is on the table and approved unanimously. Overeem has his license.
UFC 156 is less than a month away, taking place on February 2, 2013 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar headlines the card, while Rashad Evans vs. Little Nog is the co-main event. Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia and Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall conclude the super-stacked main card.
So what do you think, LowKick'ers? Is this an official start for Overeem's path of destruction in 2013? Once the fight is over be sure to check out the Overeem vs. Silva fight video highlights to find out.