The UFC heavyweight has taken to Twitter to promise fans he’ll be back in the cage before the year’s end.
“I’ll be fighting again in December, and mark my words, I’ll be back to get the belt sooner rather (than) later,” he said.
Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC), a former Strikeforce champion, most recently scored a TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in December at UFC 141. But prior to a scheduled May title fight with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146, he failed a surprise pre-fight drug test.
The 32-year-old registered a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, more than twice the 6-to-1 ratio allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
At his April 24 hearing with the NSAC, Overeem’s personal doctor, Dr. Hector Molina, admitted to injecting Overeem with testosterone in January, as well as providing the fighter with additional doses to administer himself.
The commission ultimately suspended Overeem for nine months, and he can now reapply for a fight license on December 27. The UFC is expected to host its traditional year-end Las Vegas blockbuster on December 29.
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