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| | Alistair Overeem’s Priority Is to Get Licensed and Then Fight ASAP, Title Shot or Not
Alistair Overeem’s Priority Is to Get Licensed and Then Fight ASAP, Title Shot or Not
For his part, Overeem has stayed quiet regarding the news that he would be fighting for the belt after his suspension is lifted, but his manager has a different view on the news all together. |
“Right now, he’s not even licensed so the UFC’s hands are tied. Until he gets licensed, the UFC can’t book him a fight until he gets licensed. So right now it’s all talk,” said Overeem’s manager Glenn Robinson from Authentic Sports Management when speaking to MMAWeekly.com.
Assuming Overeem is able to get a fight license in Nevada as soon as the Dec 27 date passes, there’s still no guarantee he would get to compete for the belt right away. UFC 155 still has to happen, and dos Santos and Velasquez have to face off one more time.
Alistair Overeem's Priority Is to Get Licensed and Then Fight ASAP, Title Shot or Not | MMAWeekly.com
There are no guarantees that either fighter will come away without a scratch that would likely push back another title bout further into 2013. |
“Based upon when he gets licensed and it also depends on the winner of dos Santos and Cain (Velasquez) fight come out unscathed. What if the winner comes out and has an injury and doesn’t want to fight for 8 months? So there’s a lot of “what ifs”, so right now we’re just focusing on getting licensed, and once we get licensed then we’ll figure out who we’re going to fight,” Robinson stated.
Generally, UFC champions don’t typically turn around and fight again in only a 3 or 4 month range, but it has happened in the past.
Overeem’s goal is to get licensed and make things right with the commission, and then book a fight as soon as possible. If that’s a title fight, so be it, but Overeem just wants to get back to business.
“We’d still rather jump in and get a fight, so we’ll see what happens,” said Robinson.
“He would like to fight as soon as possible after he gets licensed. We’re appreciative that Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) want him to fight for the title, and we’re thankful for that, but right now the focused is to get licensed.”