Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to reinstate Alistair Overeem’s license. The approval opens the door for Overeem’s scheduled bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156.
According to MMA Fighting, Overeem provided the NSAC with five self-administered tests between June and December that were all clean. Along with those, he faced tests on November 16 and December 21, both of which he passed.
Nate Marquardt defends his Strikeforce welterweight title January 12 against Tarec Saffiedine at Strikeforce’s final event. If victorious, Marquardt told Ariel Helwani he’s open to a unification bout with Georges St. Pierre. Marquardt and St. Pierre have been training together since Marquardt’s first UFC stint. [MMA Fighting]
The injury bug continues to wreak havoc as it’s being reported that Roger Hollett and Buddy Roberts have been forced withdraw from their scheduled bouts. According to MMA Junkie, Roberts is suffering from a bad case of the flu and a mouth injury. Roberts was slated to face Michael Kuiper at UFC on Fox 6.
Hollett has been forced to pull out of his bout with Wagner Prado at UFC on FX 7 after suffering a torn bicep. Prado will now face UFC newcomer Ildemar Alcantara at the Jan. 19 card in Brazil. [MMA Junkie]
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