It looks like "The Reem" will not get a chance to redeem himself after all.
Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem made his feelings known last night on MMA Uncensored Live that he was planning on showing up to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's (NSAC) monthly meeting to plead his case for an early conditional fight license so he can fight UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos by the end of the year.
But NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer tells MMAFighting.com that's it's going to happen.
"That must be wishful thinking. [Alistair Overeem] will not be on the agenda."
Overeem will not be allowed to apply for a license until December 27th, which would make it impossible to promote a fight by the end of 2012 considering the headliner could still be denied a license just days before competing. It would be unfair to put that added pressure on a commission to grant a fighter their license just to keep an event running.
Kizer further explains why Overeem will not be granted an early hearing after the jump.
"I see no way to do that. I know of none. But even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don't see this as the case. I'd be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don't think this is the case to use that discretion. This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done."
Overeem was hoping to get off early on "good behavior" which includes sending test result samples to the UFC and the NSAC to prove he's not on anything illegal.
The former K-1 Grand Prix champion got into this mess in the first place after a test result following the UFC 146 announcement press conference in Las Vegas showed elevated levels of testosterone and an out of wach T:E ratio which was over twice the legal limit.
Overeem appeared before the NSAC earlier this year to plead his case and saying he had taken an injection that was unknowingly laced with testosterone but was denied a fight license for nine months. As mentioned earlier, he'll be eligible for reinstatement on December 27 of this year.
So after hearing this, do you think the UFC will still go forward with a title fight between Overeem and Junior dos Santos next? Or has the door for former champion Cain Velasquez been reopened?