Alistair Overeem was preparing for a title fight with UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 when he was hit with a surprise drug test administered by the NSAC, which he failed. He was suspended, and can apply for a license December 27, 2012.
UFC president Dana White has made reference to Overeem getting a title shot his first fight back. However, Overeem has said publicly that he is a fighter and wants to fight, regardless of whether it is a title shot or not.
Now word comes from UFC.com that Overeem has his fight:
Top-ten ranked heavyweight contenders will collide as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Alistair “The Reem” Overeem have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 156.
The bout, expected to take place Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, has been scheduled pending licensing approval of Overeem by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That decision will be finalized in early 2013.
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In addition to Bigfoot vs. Reem, UFC 156 also boasts Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the featherweight title, Rashad Evan vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida.
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