Alistair Overeem: "I don’t need a warm-up fight, I’m ready for a UFC title shot" | UFC News
By: Chris Taylor
Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem is eagerly awaiting news that he can get his mixed martial arts license reinstated with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC revoked his license following a failed drug test submitted by the “Reem” back in May.
Alistair last fought Brock Lesnar at UFC 146 in December of 2011. He won that fight via first round TKO and earned himself #1 contender status.
Overeem is confident that he can compete at the sports highest level, even with how inactive he’s been over the past year. Jumping straight into a title fight against reigning division champion Junior dos Santos isn’t something the “Reem” is opposed to, as he stated to MMA Weekly:
“This time off is perfect. After this, I have a full four years of dedication (to fighting). For me it doesn’t matter when I fight. I don’t need to have a warm-up fight. I’m gonna leave that up to the gentlemen of the UFC to decide. If they want me to go for the title, I’m ready for that … I’m gonna lay low and fight whoever they put in front of me. I’m gonna get my hands on [Dos Santos] and when I do, he’s all mine.”