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

Great News: The Reem is Licensed!


Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We are now less than one month away from UFC 156 on February 2. A minor point seemingly lost in the shuffle in the lead up to the event has been the fact that one of the top fighters on the bill, Alistair Overeem, was not licensed to fight in Nevada due to drug test issues lingering from last year. This wouldn’t have been such a potential big deal if UFC 156 was not scheduled to take place in Nevada, or if you weren’t statutorily required to be licensed in order to participate in a prizefight. Unfortunately, both are true.

I don’t know what the UFC’s back-up plan was in the event Reem was unable to get licensed for the fight (maybe Bigfoot versus a bear?), but luckily it doesn’t matter any more. This is because, today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted the Reem a license to fight at UFC 156! It goes without saying that this is great news that made me forget how painful it was seeing Paul Pierce hit a dagger at MSG last night.

Now, the Overeem-Bigfoot Silva attraction can be green lit go on as planned. If Reem is able to win, it seems logical that he would be the next challenger for the UFC Heavyweight Title. I hate to look past a guy named Bigfoot who could probably (and by that I mean definitely) knock me out by just lightly bopping me on the top of the head “Three Stooges” style, but I tend to think Reem will be able to get the job done. And if that happens, I will anxiously look forward to the end of the world style collision between Reem and Cain Velasquez, which I will happily pay $60 to see. I would even be willing to pay the UFC twice for that fight.

So, all-in-all, thank you Nevada State Athletic Commission for allowing the fight to go on!

P.S. I can’t help but envision Lorenzo handing Keith Kizer a briefcase full of unmarked cash prior to hearings like this and then Kizer’s kids enrolling in Vegas’ best private schools immediately thereafter.

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