News21 Jan 2013The Reem gets licensed

Today Alistair Overeem went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to reapply for his professional fighting license. He took time out of his training to fly all the way from South Florida to Las Vegas to be there in person. On this day, he would learn if he would get the nod from the NSAC to resume his fighting career and take on "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva for their upcoming heavyweight battle on February 2 - Superbowl Saturday in Las Vegas.

Although the Commission could have voted to deny his license even with his nine month suspension, Alistair was very confident of the outcome today.

"I have done everything in my power to show the Commission that I have learned from the past and want to fight as soon as possible," said Alistair.

Over the past nine months, Alistair has submitted several tests to the Commission and was also randomly tested twice by the Commission itself.  All tests came back negative. Based on the test results and the professionalism and cooperation of Alistair along the way, the Commission voted unanimously to approve his license. The fight is on!

"I'm very happy that I have my license and that I can now officially focus on my fight," Alistair said. "I've been in shape and have been training this whole time, and now I'm heading back to Florida to resume my training with the Blackzilians. I would like to thank my fans for supporting me. I promise I will come back stronger than ever, and will be knocking my opponents out again - one by one - starting with Bigfoot Silva.