There’s no question UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva has his work cut out for him in February when he faces savage striker Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, as the Dutchman is on an eleven-fight winning streak and seen by most as one of the top two competitors in the division. However, as a result of Overeem’s credentials, “Bigfoot” will likely find himself in a position of potentially being named top contender if he emerges with his hand raised despite a 2-1 record inside the Octagon.

If such comes to pass, as desirable as a title-shot is, it actually appears Silva will turn the tilt down assuming Junior dos Santos successfully retains his belt next month when he faces former champion Cain Velasquez. According to Silva, who is confident Dos Santos will indeed hold on to the strap, he isn’t interested in fighting a man he considers to be a close friend.

“I do not like to talk about numbers, but surely conquering Overeem, I’m in the top three in the division,” began Silva in an interview with TATAME, making his case for contendership.

“Every athlete dreams of having the UFC belt one day. I would take a shot at the title, but not against (Dos Santos),” he continued, adding, “There are so many people to fight.”

Logical opponents for a victorious Silva other than Dos Santos could include the likes of Roy Nelson or Stefan Struve.

The 17-4 Silva is coming off an injury-inspired TKO win over Travis Browne, snapping a two-fight skid in the process as well. He also holds past instances of success against Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko.