The UFC has consistently put together great fight cards for super-bowl weekend, and tonight was no different. The co-main event at UFC 156 Aldo vs Edgar featured a battle between the behemoth’s as former Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1 heavyweight champion Alistair “The Reem” Overeem was pitted against Strikeforce stand-out turned UFC contender, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The bout aired live on Pay-Per View, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the winner was expected to be next in line for a shot at newly crowned champion Cain Velasquez.
Each man entered the octagon with a hulking frame, and a clear desire to advance toward the championship. Antonio Silva was coming off a big TKO win over Travis Browne this past October at UFC on FX, while Overeem returned to the cage after a nearly year-long suspension in result of a drug test revealing an elevated testosterone level. The failed test came as Overeem was scheduled to face the champion at that present time in Junior Dos Santos, and he now was one win away from taking another step towards his quest for gold. Bruce Buffer brought the crowd to its feet, Herb Dean laid the law, and the giants clashed.
The fight began with a little feeling out and a lot of feints from Overeem. Overeem darted in with a left, and then a left hook to the body that left them in the clinch. The men break and Overeem pressed forward with a combo and back to the clinch. Battling for position, Bigfoot threw a right on the break and Overeem returned with a combo. Pummeling for position with each man landing peppering shots. They break and Overeem claps with his hands at his waist as to taunt for a take-down Bigfoot throws a head-kick that misses. Alistair clearly confident with his hands down, seemed to land at will, and kept landing knees to the body. Overeem with a big leg kick and Bigfoot returned with his own. The giants clinch back up and The Reem maintained the dominant position. After the break Overeem attempted a spinning back kick, and counters Silva’s return punches with a clean right. The round ends at distance.
Round two began with a few awkward combos, Overeem’s hands still low. The men exchange, each man landing, and Overeem lands a nice throw to side control. Silva lands big elbows and gets back to guard. The men battled for position and Overeem worked the body, while Silva looked to setup a submission. More body work, Overeem stands up, and jumps back into Bigfoot’s guard with a right hand. More big shots from the Reem. Bigfoot tried to tie him up as they continued the chess game for position and wrist control. Big elbow from Overeem, and then he began to swarm. After more ground and pound, Overeem stood up and they began to exchange. Silva landed a big knee from the double collar, and stuned Overeem. After another quick exchange the round ends.
The open to round three the men clinched and Bigfoot began to land some huge combinations, including a head kick. Alistair is rocked and begins to stumble to the cage as Bigfoot swarmed the K-1 champ and finished with a barrage reminiscent of Phil Baroni. Huge TKO victory for Silva, as he began to scream over an unconscious Overeem.
In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Bigfoot thanked his homeland, and all his trainers. He went on to say that Overeem talked “a lot of shit,” and that he has a belief in his abilities. The Brazilian also remarked on the lack of respect Overeem showed for his striking, and that he worked a lot of uppercuts to get the win.
Both men came prepared for battle, and the cage shook as they went to war, but it was the will to win and the power of Bigfoot combined with the lack of respect from Overeem that was the deciding factor in this fight. Silva looks forward to a hopeful shot at the heavyweight crown, while Overeem will look to get back in the gym, and back in the win column.
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