A pivotal heavyweight bout is set to take place at UFC 156 when Alistair Overeem returns to the cage to take on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. Both of these fighters are coming off dramatic wins, which makes their bout all the more intriguing.
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Top-ten ranked heavyweight contenders will collide as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Alistair “The Reem” Overeem have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 156. The bout, expected to take place Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, has been scheduled pending licensing approval of Overeem by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That decision will be finalized in early 2013.
Many were hoping to see Overeem compete against Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight belt, but Overeem failed his pre-fight drug tests for his bout with Brock Lesnar. It appears that Overeem is set to get re-licensed, allowing him to get back in action in hopes of finally challenging for the coveted UFC heavyweight belt.
Also wanting a title shot, Antonio Silva hopes he can derail Overeem’s momentum in hopes of getting his own title shot. He is riding high off his impressive TKO victory over Travis Browne. It was a much needed win for Silva after suffering from two devastating defeats previously before this win.
This match up is interesting in many regards. They both possess great grappling and stand up skills, and they also are some of the biggest fighters under the UFC banner.
It will be interesting to see how well Overeem performs after such a long layoff, which was predicated on his elevated testosterone levels after his fight with Brock Lesnar. If Overeem does get past Silva, he will more than likely be next in line for the heavyweight title, which is expected to be defended when JDS takes on Cain Velasquez later this year.
For Silva, he would love to play upset and get a title shot of his own, and his improved striking as of late certainly helps his chances. Regardless of the outcome, it should be an entertaining scrap in the UFC heavyweight division.