Alistair Overeem can now look forward to fighting again. On Tuesday, “The Demolition Man” attended a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who cleared him to fight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2.
Overeem was originally suspended by the NSAC back in 2011 following a pre-fight drug test that took place ahead of UFC 146, where he was scheduled to fight Junior Dos Santos. The test showed Overeem had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, which was over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1.
After the NSAC declined to license him for the fight, Overeem had to defend his reputation against all of the people who had previously made accusations about him using performance-enhancing drugs. Many of these rumors were started by people who questioned how Overeem had managed to put on such a large amount of muscle mass in recent years.
However, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion always defended himself stating that he was the “most-tested athlete in sports,” and also claimed the positive result of the pre-UFC 146 drug test came as a result of a doctor prescribing him “anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone.”
“The Reem” has done everything within his power to prove to the NSAC he is now clean. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer explained that Overeem had to undergo NSAC-administered blood and urine testing on Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. He also submitted five voluntary testing results between June and November of 2012. All of Alistair’s results came back negative, so the commission voted unanimously to approve the license application following his testimony.
“I think we’ve done everything we could to correct ourselves from the errors that were made, and I’m just ready to get my life back on track,” Overeem told the commission. “I’m ready to get back to fighting.”
Overeem can now focus on preparing for his next fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, where he will look to get back into the title picture with a big win. UFC 156 is scheduled to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, on Saturday, Feb. 2, and broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.