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Alistair Overeem applies for license for UFC 156 bout with Bigfoot Silva

On the same day his suspension was lifted, Overeem submitted his applications for a fighter's license to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He'll appear before the commission in January for a ruling.

Joe Scarnici

UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem didn't waste any time after his suspension was lifted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He was suspended for 9 months following a failed drug test preceding his scheduled UFC 146 title fight with Junior dos Santos. He tested at a 14:1 T/E ratio, which put him over the limit by more than double. His suspension was lifted today, one year out from his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.

NSAC commissioner Keith Kizer confirmed that Overeem has submitted his application. He also informed the Reem will need to appear before the commission on January 8, 2013 before his license is granted. MMA Junkie reported Kizer's statements on Overeem's application:

It will be his burden to prove to commissioners that he should be granted a license to compete in Nevada," Kizer said. "After hearing all relevant evidence, the commission will have the option to deny the license, grant the license unconditionally, or grant the license with conditions.

UFC 156 is coming up Super Bowl weekend on February 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. If he gets licensed, Overeem will face Antonio Silva.

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