Dana White has announced that Alistair Overeem will be next in line to challenge Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight belt if victorious this weekend. Overeem was slated to fight for the belt after a dominant win over Brock Lesnar, but a failed drug test forced him out of the bout. Now, he will get his second chance to fight for a championship, but he has to get past a dangerous Antonio Silva.
Both of these fighters have made it very clear that they don’t like each other, which can be seen when Alistair Overeem kept telling Silva he was going to destroy him at the UFC 156 pre-fight press conference. Silva would retaliate by saying Overeem better start showing him respect. Their feud will come to a climax tomorrow night, which has the makings to be a heavyweight classic.
If Overeem wants to come out the victor, he will need to use his superior kick boxing skills. A key factor for Overeem will be his viscous knees. Against Lesnar, Overeem would land numerous knees to the body of Lesnar, forcing him to the canvas. The same type of strategy may be executed against Silva, who has shown vulnerability to taking punches.
Silva will be looking to play spoiler, and he feels his grappling is superior and will be the difference in the fight. Silva’s only recent losses have come by Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier, who both are the best heavyweights in the world right now. Fans should expect fireworks this weekend as both fighters can end the fight in many ways.