A new wrinkle in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title picture was revealed when Alistair Overeem appeared on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" to discuss his upcoming plans and championship aspirations.
Lately, "The Reem" has been making a lot of noise in the mixed martial arts (MMA) media by publicly calling out current champion Junior dos Santos and stating that "Cigano" would be ducking him by fighting Cain Velasquez.
The war of words has become public and heated, but, until now, it has all seemed to be in vain because of the fact that Overeem is currently without a license to fight in the state of Nevada and is not allowed to re-apply for a license until Dec. 27, 2012.
All indicators point to the fact that Overeem wants to fight "JDS" and that dos Santos would be completely in favor of fighting him. In fact, the only person who seems to not be in favor of this prospective battle of the behemoths seems to be Velasquez, who was promised the title shot and understandably wouldn't be excited about being passed over.
And, oh yeah -- there's that pesky issue about Overeem not having a license to fight. No biggie, right?
No worries, he's got a plan:
"Well, nothing is confirmed yet, but my position is very clear. I wanna fight dos Santos. I wanna get that belt. Recently, I read an interesting interview that said dos Santos wants to fight me over Cain Velasquez. I'm all for it, and I think Dana White likes the idea, too. Besides Dana White, of course the fans are very important. We just have to see what happens in the next couple of weeks."
So, what about that aforementioned license? There's no way Overeem is going to get booked on a Dec. 29 show that the UFC is not allowed to promote until two days prior, right?
Get this -- Overeem wants time off for "good behavior:"
"A very important factor is my license. I'm not yet licensed to fight, so, of course, the UFC cannot promote anything. I gotta get my license first, and I'm able to re-apply for my license in December, late December -- a couple days before the fight, but, we have a strategy. We're gonna go in front of the commission sooner, with the argument of good behavior. We have been doing random tests on our own, and these were all witnessed by an independent doctor. I think we will get a license sooner, maybe a conditional license, where I'd have to appear and do some random tests."
"Ubereem" continued to discuss his diabolical scheme to get back into the Octagon. Apparently, he and his team are working hard to get in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as early as this month (August):
"We have a set date. This month. Nothing is confirmed. We're gonna try and get it, and hopefully we will. If we're lucky, we're gonna get it."
It's a big hurdle to leap, and we'll definitely have to wait and see if Overeem is able to back up his big plans. But, assuming the NSAC is willing to go along with things, there's the issue of his being a worthy number one contender.
Some would argue that it's not fair, and that he's essentially being rewarded for being a cheater. What does Overeem have to say in response to "the haters?"
"To address those guys, listen -- I have not used steroids. I never got busted for steroids. I got a medical injection with something in it that raised my level and made the level be off, and that was out of order. So, no steroids. Never steroids. Their argument is invalid. I have always passed all my tests, except thelast one where there was a measurement off, but no steroids."
Parroting sentiments he has announced for much of the past month, Overeem re-iterated that he believes dos Santos needs to beat him to prove he really is the best 265-pounder in the world:
"Dos Santos knows he's not the true champion until he beats me. I think the fans agree on that, and that's why they wanna see this fight. On top of it being an exciting fight, you've got two of the best strikers. Dos Santos knows he can't call himself the true champ without fighting me."
According to Overeem, he's in a great place as a fighter. He's switched camps to train with the "Blackzilians" in Florida. He has new management.
Life is good:
"The biggest change I've made is basically my camp. I'm now training full-fledged with 'The Blackzilians.' I now have ten black belts to train with. Before, it was zero. I've never really trained with black belts in my whole life. We now have a professional strength and conditioning team. I did not have that before. It's more professional. Better sparring partners. Better management. So, expect a big, strong comeback."