Earlier today we ran a story saying that UFC heavyweight superstar Alistair Overeem would be appearing in front of the NSAC in hopes of being able to argue to get his license early for "good behavior." This was a play by Overeem's camp to attempt to challenge Junior dos Santos at the end of the year.
But that's not going to happen, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer (via MMA FIghting):
"That must be wishful thinking," he said. "He will not be on the agenda."
Furthermore, Kizer said under existing state statutes, Overeem would not be able to apply for a license until December 27, making his eligibility for a fight two days later a near-impossibility. In effect, Kizer said, there is no legal way to grant him an early hearing.
"I see no way to do that. I know of none," he said. "But even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don't see this as the case. I'd be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don't think this is the case to use that discretion. This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done."
That would pretty much cement Cain Velasquez in the title shot while we wait for Overeem's return in 2013.
Overeem is currently technically not "suspended" as he did not have an active license when he produced a test to the NSAC that came back with an extraordinarily high testosterone ratio. The commission took it easy on Overeem at his licensing hearing, making the 12 month period where he'd not be able to apply for a new license retroactive to his last fight (UFC 141 against Brock Lesnar) rather than from the date of the failed test.
So Alistair is going to have a hard time arguing that he deserves even more preferential treatment. But one couldn't fault Overeem if the fawning (and downright embarrassing) behavior by the NSAC at the end of his last hearing was taken as a sign that they would jump at the chance to get him back in the cage even sooner.
We'll have more on the story if anything changes. But, for the time being, it appears that Overeem will not be in front of the NSAC and that he will not be allowed to apply for a new license until late December.