UFC 156 Fight Card: Alistair Overeem to Appear Before NSAC on January 8

Matt Saccaro@@mattsaccaroContributor IIIJanuary 2, 2013

Dec. 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 156 fighter Alistair Overeem will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in regards to his fighter's license on Jan. 8, according to MMAJunkie.com.

The former K-1 champion applied for the license today, seeing as he's scheduled to fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 156 in Las Vegas a month from now. 

However, according to NSAC Director Keith Kizer, there's still some red tape to cut through (via the MMA Junkie report):

[Overeem] will be required per his previous denial to appear before the full commission at the next scheduled meeting, which is Jan. 8. It will be his burden to prove to the commissioners that he should be granted a license to compete in Nevada. After hearing all relevant evidence, the commission will have the option to deny the license, grant the license unconditionally or grant the license with conditions.

It's this last option—a conditional license—that caused Overeem trouble in after his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.

Overeem's conditional license for that match specified that he was to undergo four drug tests. When he was tested about a month before his UFC 146 title shot, he failed; Overeem had elevated testosterone levels.

The failed test did nothing to help the Dutchman's image. Overeem has been made the subject of various jokes and fighter rants since dramatically upping his muscle mass. 

Allegations of steroids from fans and fighters alike are now commonplace.

Perhaps if the NSAC orders more tests and Overeem pasts them, the talk of Overeem being a chemically enhanced cheat will finally be put to rest. 

Either way, we'll know more on Jan. 8.