Alistair Overeem's next fight likely against Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez winner at UFC 155

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Although he was suspended for failing a drug test that torpedoed the main event of UFC 146 back in May, it appears Alistair Overeem will be receiving a title shot immediately upon his return to the Octagon.

It's nice when a plan comes together. The problem for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its President, Dana White, is that almost never actually happens.

But that doesn't stop them from looking ahead to the future and making sure they're prepared.

That's what they're doing with Alistair Overeem, whose suspension for a failed drug test back in May comes up in just over two months at the end of December. That means he'll be eligible to apply for his license and a few months down the road after a full training camp, he'll be ready to fight.

But against who?

According to White at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference last night (Oct. 14), it's likely "The Reem" will fight the winner of the Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez heavyweight championship bout scheduled for UFC 155 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fair? Maybe; maybe not. But it's entirely possible that late March or early April will feature the heavyweight championship fight we were supposed to get in May of this year before Overeem's drug test torpedoed the UFC 146 main event.

Better late than never, right?

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