After a year on the sidelines, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is itching to fight again and wants to scratch it with a scrap as soon as possible. While his anxiety about seeing action is understandable after having spent nearly a year on the sidelines, his attitude on the matter is a bit more surprising, as Overeem is apparently willing to forgo a crack at the championship if it means a faster return to the ring.

“In this sport there are many variables, a lot of things are uncertain so if I can choose between waiting for my turn for the title or fight as soon as possible I would choose to fight as soon as possible. I just want to fight,” said Overeem in an interview with MixFight after expressing concern about when the winner of a scheduled bout between Junior dos Santos/Cain Velasquez would actually be available considering their clash is scheduled for December 29.

Overeem also dismissed the notion he didn’t deserve to compete for the belt, addressing criticism from divisional king Dos Santos that the recent exchange of trash-talk between the two was actually the Dutchman’s way of trying to cement his status as top contender with words rather than actions.

“When I signed with the UFC I could have easily gone for the title-shot right away but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar so in no means I’m talking myself into a title shot,” explained Overeem. “If the UFC wants me to fight for the title I’m available and if they decide to let me fight someone else first I’m also fine with that. I’m a fighter and I will get my chance sooner or later.”