Alistair Overeem is currently serving a nine month suspension after failing a pre-fight drugs test for his UFC 145 title fight with Junior Dos Santos due to having elevated levels of testosterone.
That will leave him eligible to fight in late December, and if he gets his way the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 heavyweight champion fully intends to get straight back into action.
“I’ll be fighting again in December and mark my words, I’ll be back to get the belt, sooner rather [than] later,” he told fans on Twitter.
Who he fights upon his return could depend on how long it takes the UFC to put together the next heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
It has been speculated that Dos Santos Vs Velasquez II could front the UFC 152 event in September and if so that may leave enough time for the winner to face Overeem at the UFC’s final event of the year in Las Vegas on December 29th.
Any delay in that match-up would throw a spanner in the works however and may result in Overeem having to face someone else first before getting his shot at the belt.
Some may feel that would be the right thing to do anyway given the nature of Overeem’s suspension, not least of all Dos Santos who’s already made it clear he’s against fighters using performance enhancing drugs.