We already know that heavyweight star Alistair Overeem is currently in talks with the UFC over a possible exclusive deal – Dana White confirmed at much in the past week – but what has not been clear so far is how far along the talks were and if a deal was going to be reached between the two parties.

Now new light has been shed on the situation by a slightly unlikely source in UFC heavyweight No.1 contender Shane Carwin.

“I had a chance to speak with him at the Magic Convention in Las Vegas (no we were not the big and tall models) and he said that he and Dana were close to a deal and he would likely be in the UFC before 2012,” Carwin told posters on The Underground Forum yesterday. “I think he would make a great addition to the roster,” he added.

Coincidentally, if Overeem were to sign on then Carwin would be amongst the front-runners to face him. ‘The Engineer’ recently revealed that he plans to step back into the Octagon early next year as he looks to bounce back from a tough loss to Junior Dos Santos in a No.1 contender match-up.

Frank Mir has also expressed an interest in fighting Overeem this week, while Brock Lesnar would also be under consideration.

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