Alistair Overeem to Face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156

November 14, 2012 6:24 am by bjpenn.com staff 23 Comments
Alistair Overeem


According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 on Super Bowl Weekend February 2nd in Las Vegas.

Overeem is currently serving a suspension and this fight is pending until he applies for and receives his license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He is eligible to apply on December 27 and is by no means guaranteed to be approved. Overeem was scheduled to face UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 this past May, but in a pre-fight drug test he had elevated levels of testosterone.

Overeem has fought once under the UFC banner and that came against former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 140 last December. Overeem scored a first round TKO and earned the right to face Dos Santos for the heavyweight title.

Silva’s debut in the UFC was an auspicious one as the Brazilian faced former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 146 and was defeated by first round TKO. Velasquez didn’t waste any time in taking Silva down and busted him open leaving pools of blood all over the Octagon canvas.

The former EliteXC champion redeemed himself last month with a first round TKO victory over the previously undefeated Travis Browne. The win ended a two-fight losing streak and if he should defeat Overeem, Silva will become an instant contender in the heavyweight division.

UFC 156 will be headlined by a bout for the featherweight championship as current champion Jose Aldo will face former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Other rumored bouts include two light heavyweight showdowns. Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida will meet in what could be a fight to determine a number one contender in the division and former champion Rashad Evans will square off against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

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