We all know by now that Alistair Overeem was suspended for nine months following a positive test for elevated testosterone. He is eligible to return on December 27th, and the UFC just happens to have a card tentatively scheduled for December 29th. Overeem made it clear on twitter that he will be back right when his suspension is up:
There's only one problem with that though - the UFC won't even consider booking him until his suspension is up. This is according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, in a text to ESPN's Brett Okamoto:
That scenario appears unlikely though, as Fertitta stated he would not promote an Overeem fight until the NSAC formally approves his license application.
"That's speculation," Fertitta said in a text to ESPN.com. "It's in the NSAC's hands. (The UFC) can't be presumptuous."
If the UFC waits until his suspension is up before they consider booking him, it's likely that he won't return until March or April of next year. It also remains unclear if he will challenge for the UFC heavyweight title upon his return, or if he'll have to work his way back up again. Either way, we won't be seeing The Reem for quite a while.