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Alistair Overeem battling “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem said he wasn’t planning to wait long to fight once licensed again, passing on a potential title-bout if necessary, and it appears the devastating Dutchman has lived up to his word, as Overeem looks to be tentatively scheduled in for a February 2 scrap with Antonio Silva at UFC 156.

The heavyweight rumble was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and has since been confirmed by the UFC. The match-up will, of course, be contingent on Overeem being cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Overeem is towards the tail end of a sentence dished out by the NAC preventing him from competing until late December as a result of showing an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use in a random drug test issued by the regulatory board. The 32-year old was in line for a crack at the divisional championship before being popped and is expected to be named as #1 contender if successful against Silva. Overeem is 36-11 in his career with 34 finishes and wins over the likes of Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, and Brock Lesnar.

By comparison, “Bigfoot” is 17-4 including an October TKO of Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5. Twelve of his triumphs have involved a strike-based stoppage.

UFC 156 is currently set to feature a main event tilt between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and former lightweight king Frankie Edgar with Rashad Evans also taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in another featured fight.


  • Rece Rock says:

    There’s alot of time btn now & feb. I’ll hold off on being interested until he gets re-licenced and more then likely gets randomly tested by NSAC

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Bigfoot takes this one.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Interesting. If it was up to me I’d probably have wait to see what happens between Cain & JDS, and if a victor emerged unscathed set up the next title fight against Overeem. Could’ve had Reem sitting cageside NYE weekend, ready to greet the winner in the Octagon afterwards….that stuff always sells well.

    And in the meantime they could have had Bigfoot fight Struve instead. Now what’s next for Struve and his 4-fight win streak? Maybe Mir? Anybody know the status of his injury?

    All of that being said, I’m fine with this decision. This way Reem gets back in the cage sooner, and coming off a suspension he needs to pick up a victory over a solid opponent before getting his title shot. So he can put away Bigfoot on SB weekend, and then fight Cain on the big July 4 weekend card.

  • darth_irritable says:

    UFC 156: Pissing Hot.


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