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Overeem is getting an immediate title shot

Shoot for the stars and you will at least land on the moon. That’s a tired old saying that applies pretty well to Alistair Overeem’s current situation. Rather than returning meekly from a steroid suspension and accepting a place in the middle of the heavyweight pack, he campaigned for an immediate title shot on the UFC’s New Years Eve card, two days after his suspension ended. That isn’t happening, but instead…

UFC President Dana White said Saturday night that current plans have Alistair Overeem facing the winner of the Dec. 29 fight between UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (15-1) and former champion Cain Velasquez (10-1).

“Yes, that’s what we’re thinking,” White said to Ariel Helwani in an interview after UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night. “We’ll see how this thing plays out and what happens. Nothing is done. Nothing is etched in stone, but that’s what I’d like to see happen.”

So Overeem gets to step right back into a title shot without having to fight first. A bit depressing for those of us who feel this sends a message that steroid use is no big deal, but it makes sense in other ways … dollars and cents ways. Overeem is the biggest contender fight they can make by far so why risk fucking it up by having an Alistair fight beforehand? He could lose! Or worse, fail another drug test! Better to cash in on the Legend of Ubereem before it all goes Lance Armstrong.