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UFC president Dana White has been very vocal about his disdain for Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem since the Dutch fighter's drug test failure forced him out of a UFC 146 title fight with Junior dos Santos. Dana has called Overeem a liar and referred to him as "not the kind of guy I want to do business with."
However it appears that Overeem and White have patched things up.
Ben Fowlkes reports at MMA Fighting that White revealed at the UFC 148 post-fight press scrum that Overeem had come to Las Vegas for a meeting with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and followed up with a visit to White's office. Here's what White said about that sit down:
"And he went downstairs and waited for forty minutes until I called him upstairs, and then came into my office like a man.
"Nothing but respect for Alistair now. We all make mistakes and we all do stupid s--t. I say this all the time. It's all in how you handle yourself after. He handled himself like a f---ing stud.
"He's doing all the right things now," White said. "He's fixing all the wrongs. We'll see what happens."
Overeem remains suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission until December 29 of this year. It seems unlikely that he could be licensed in time for a New Year's weekend bout but he has been promised a title shot upon his return. Dos Santos will defend his belt in a rematch with ex-champ Cain Velasquez at some point in the last quarter of this year, possibly in Brazil. That would likely push a bout between Overeem and the champ, be it JDS or Velasquez, into spring 2013.