UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta said on Tuesday that the UFC will not be booking Overeem in any fights until he gets licensed by the NSAC once his nine-month denial expires. Considering his denial goes through December 27, the UFC will not be putting him on their year-end likely to take place on December 29.
"That's speculation," Fertitta said of Overeem's December ambitions in a comment made to ESPN.com. "It's in the NSAC's hands. [The UFC] can't be presumptuous."
As it stands, that approval cannot come until after December 27, so the UFC will not book him for any event until after that.
Penick's Analysis: It would take the NSAC holding some unprecedented hearing this fall to express an advance licensure of Overeem once December 27 hits in order for him to fight on December 29. I don't think we'll see that at all, so Overeem will be out until at least January. The most likely scenario we'll see for his return is a Super Bowl weekend headlining bout in Las Vegas. That may or may not be for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, but it's probably the likely return date for Overeem.
[Alistair Overeem art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]