Hide the horses, Alistair Overeem coming to get the UFC belt 'sooner rather than later'

Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE.

"Optimistic Man."

Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and one-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 265-pound number one contender Alistair Overeem is coming back to the Octagon to challenge for the division strap.

"Sooner rather than later."

That's according to his official Twitter account, which also advises South Florida residents to "hide the horses" now that he's relocated to Miami as he gears up for a potential December 2012 return to mixed martial arts (MMA).

"Potential" being the operative word.

Despite having ants in his pants, Overeem can't return any sooner than the promotion's annual year-end show, based on his recent run-in with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

"The Reem" admitted under oath he was injecting himself with medication that was (unbeknownst to him) laced with testosterone, which caused him to fail a pre-fight drug test back on March 27.

Overeem insists the medication, designed to expedite his recovery from a rib injury, was secretly juiced up and responsible for his 14:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels.

It still got him benched for nine months from the legal eagles at the NSAC.

Nevertheless, he'll be back at some point later this year or early next year, and UFC President Dana White still believes the Dutch striker, who retired Brock Lesnar in late 2011, is the next heavyweight contender.

Junior dos Santos respectfully disagrees.

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