UFC's Alistair Overeem has fight license restored

Alistair Overeem at the Strikeforce Grand Prix press Alistair Overeem at the Strikeforce Grand Prix press conference at American Airlines Center in Dallas, a few days before his June 18, 2011, fight against Fabricio Werdum. Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

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LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Athletic Commission has restored the license of Dutch kickboxing champion Alistair Overeem.

Overeem failed a drug test in Nevada last spring, upsetting plans for a scheduled UFC heavyweight championship matchup.

His sample tested unacceptably high for testosterone and the commission suspended him in April.

In testimony before the commission Tuesday, the 32-year-old said he was ready to get his life back on track.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Overeem said he had replaced his medical staff and corrected other errors.

Chairman Bill Brady said he was glad the UFC heavyweight contender had used his time out of the ring to get his career back on course.

The license will allow Overeem to fight as soon as Feb. 2, nearly a year after he failed the random pre-fight drug test, against Antonio Silva at UFC 156 in Las Vegas. In the main event of that card, Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar.

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