Overeem files license application for 'Bigfoot' fight


Posted at Dec 28 2012 08:08 PM | Updated as of Dec 29 2012 04:08 AM

MANILA – Heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem has applied for a license to fight in Nevada after serving a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test.

According to Bloody Elbow, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has already lifted the suspension, allowing Overeem to re-apply for a fight license.

NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said the 260-pound behemoth would need to appear before the commission before being granted a license.

“It will be his burden to prove to commissioners that he should be granted a license to compete in Nevada," Kizer said.

"After hearing all relevant evidence, the commission will have the option to deny the license, grant the license unconditionally, or grant the license with conditions.”

If he gets his license, he’ll be fighting Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in UFC 156 on February 2.

Overeem was supposed to challenge UFC champion Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight title last May 26.

However, he was suspended for nine months after his testosterone to epitestosterone ratio was found to be 14-to-1, more than double the allowable 6-to-1 ratio.