Reem 42! Reem 42! Seeeeeeeeet ... hike!
Fortunately, "Demolition Man" has been training with a pro football team while waiting to become eligible for a fight license in Las Vegas, Nevada, the mecca of mixed martial arts (MMA) and home to the world's largest fight promotion.
He should be ready to go this December.
And once he is, "The Reem" won't need no stinkin' training camp, according to comments made by his manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management (via MMA Weekly), which you can view after the jump.
"First of all, he would have loved to have had the opportunity to fight for the title, but Alistair is a fighter, and as a fighter he will fight whoever they put in front of him. Reality is, he's training extraordinarily hard, and whoever gets in front of him is going to meet a completely different Alistair. This guy is just dedicated to rebuilding and rededicating himself. He's in great shape. He's in better shape now than when he joined us. He's strong; his cardio is crazy. He's training with pro football players, a whole team of pro football players. We ran out of people large enough to fend him off, so we put him with a whole pro football team to do cardio. He's going to be ready to fight the second that there's a fight. He's not going to need a camp, because he's never left camp. The day that he's allowed to be licensed, if they want him to fight the next day, he'll be ready."
Despite having "crazy cardio," 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 former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion 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, but will his pro football follies be enough to propel him to the promised land?