UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta says that Junior Dos Santos is fighting on the UFC’s New Year’s Eve card on December 29th in Las Vegas, NV. The opponent however has yet to be named. Some have speculated that Alistair Overeem is lobbying to fight UFC Heavyweight Champion JDS on that card which could mean #1 contender Cain Velasquez gets bumped from his rematch against JDS.
It’s been all over the rumor mill that Alistair Overeem will try to apply for a conditional license so he could go make sure he’ll be matched up against Junior dos Santos in late December. The Reem went on MMA Uncensored last night to disclose that there’s a date set for this month where he will get to talk to the NSAC about getting licensed sooner. However, the truth is Overeem cannot apply for his license until December 27th as confirmed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
According to a report by The Underground via MMA Fighting, none of that is true. Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the NSAC, said Overeem’s name is not on the docket for their monthly meeting on August 24th, nor has he heard from Alistair or Alistair’s camp about being placed on the docket.
Kizer said to MMA Fighting about being licensed earlier than Dec 27th:
“I see no way to do that. I know of none. But even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don’t see this as the case. I’d be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don’t think this is the case to use that discretion. This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done.
“I can’t speak for the commissioners, but I give him a little credit for it,” said Kizer about Overeem’s self-initiated drug tests. “I appreciate the effort. I’m not sure how relevant it is though. I guess any negative test has some merit. It definitely beats any positive result.”
More than likely, for all rational reasons, Cain Velasquez will still get his shot against JDS on the December 29th card.