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UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem Will Appear Before NSAC This Month In Hopes To Challenge Junior Dos Santos In December

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Back in March, a random drug test at a press conference for UFC 146 destroyed the main event. Heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem was forced from the event when he tested outside the allowed limit for testosterone. At his hearing in April, The Reem explained that his doctor had prescribed him an anti-inflammatory that contained synthetic testosterone. Despite that, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) determined the fighter was still at fault. Since Overeem was not yet licensed at the time of testing, the NSAC refused to allow him to apply for one until December 27, 2012.

In the meantime, Alistair has kept his name out by continually challenging Junior Dos Santos and publicizing his voluntary drug testing. Apparently his words to Dos Santos had the desired effect, as the champion responded in kind last month. Most recently, we've seen Overeem appear on UFC Tonight to once again claim that Dos Santos is afraid of him. More importantly, earlier this week UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed that Dos Santos is scheduled to fight on December 29 with an unnamed opponent.

Thursday night on MMA Uncensored, Alistair Overeem had some incredible news:

I want to fight Dos Santos, I want to get that belt. And recently I read an interesting interview that Dos Santos wants to fight me over Cain [Velasquez]. So, I'm all for it and I think Dana White likes the idea too. And of course the fans are very important. So, we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple weeks.

A very important factor is my license. I'm not licensed yet to fight, so of course the UFC cannot promote anything. I gotta get my license first. And I'm now scheduled to, uh. I'm able to reapply for my license in December a couple days before the fight. But we have a strategy. We're going to go in front of the commission sooner with the argument of good behavior. We have been doing random tests on our own. They were all witnessed by an independent doctor. In the hope of getting a license sooner. I think we will get it sooner. Maybe a conditional license that I have to appear and do some random tests.

We have a set date this month [to appear before the commission]. Nothing [is] confirmed, we're gonna try and get it. Hopefully we will.

If Dana White and the UFC are actually considering Alistair Overeem for a title shot, this is big news. Although Overeem wasn't actually suspended, this would be the first time in UFC history that a fighter was granted a championship fight following a PED-related disciplinary action. On the other hand, Overeem is the most exciting challenger to Dos Santos's throne.

Follow the jump for reactions from Luke Thomas and Nate Quarry

Luke Thomas:

I'm of two minds here because this is actually news. I didn't know this at all. First of all, on the one hand Nevada wants to make this fight. they were very complimentary of you during your hearing. They want to make that fight happen in Nevada. Nevada needs money - they need big fights. The other part though, Nick Diaz with his marijuana case, he had an air tight legal case literally proving he was completely innocent and they still threw the book at him. So definitely [Overeem} still has an uphill challenge, but I'll be watching to see how that goes.

Nate Quarry:

This is the fight the fans want to see. This is the fight I want to see. I've been a fan of Overeem's forever. I'm excited to see him. I'm excited he's in our studio. And to see him get to fight for the title, it's what everybody wants to see.

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