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UFC 156 predictions

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Five things to watch for: UFC 156

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The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff due to suspension. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during Saturday night's festivities.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 156

Check out the full replay of "Countdown to UFC 156", which premiered last night on Fuel TV. The program previews the main card of Saturday night's event, profiling Jose Aldo's UFC featherweight title defense against former lightweight king Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem's return to action against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

Also detailed is former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans meeting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jon Fitch taking on jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia.

Video: UFC 156 Extended Preview

Check out the UFC's extended preview of UFC 156, which takes place this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar in his debut at 145 lbs. 

Former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will return to action for the first time in over a year against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the co-main event. The stacked main card will also feature Rashad Evans, Jon Fitch and Joseph Benavidez among others.

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The Daily Recap: Overeem Reinstated, Injuries & More

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to reinstate Alistair Overeem’s license. The approval opens the door for Overeem’s scheduled bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156.

According to MMA Fighting, Overeem provided the NSAC with five self-administered tests between June and December that were all clean. Along with those, he faced tests on November 16 and December 21, both of which he passed.

Nate Marquardt defends his Strikeforce welterweight title January 12 against Tarec Saffiedine at Strikeforce’s final event. If victorious, Marquardt told Ariel Helwani he’s open to a unification bout with Georges St. Pierre. Marquardt and St. Pierre have been training together since Marquardt’s first UFC stint. [MMA Fighting]

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Overeem & “Bigfoot” Silva Set For Superbowl Showdown

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will clash at UFC 156 on February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The framework for this fight began taking shape a few weeks ago when Bigfoot spoke with MMA Junkie and said, "If Overeem really doesn't want to have to wait for a fight after his suspension is up, I am here ready to welcome him. I respect him as an athlete. After all, he was K-1, DREAM and Strikeforce champion. But I am not worried about titles or belts right now. Overeem is big and strong, but I know I can beat him. Even if was created in the lab, I can beat him."

Overeem has been on the sidelines for the past year after he tested positive for testosterone following a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Overeem has continuously expressed his interest in fighting on the UFC’s New Year’s Eve show but the UFC informed him that wasn’t a possibility as he still has to go through the process of getting his license reinstated when his suspension is up on December 27.

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Quote of the Day: Michael Schiavello Says Alistair Overeem Hasn’t Technically Cheated

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?

Longtime MMA play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello takes the alternative route and questions whether or not Alistair Overeem has done wrong following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

It's an interesting point, but one that misses the mark completely if you're against PED's in the sport altogether.

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Alistair Overeem’s Nevada License Hearing Set for April 24

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UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has formally filed for a license to fight in the state of Nevada and will be forced to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to do so following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer sent out a release to the media earlier today. 

Overeem's positive test was revealed last week, putting his scheduled clash with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on Memorial Day Weekend in severe jeopardy. 

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Keith Kizer Speaks on Alistair Overeem’s Options After Positive Test

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of DREAM/FEG.

So what's next for Alistair Overeem?

According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, the UFC heavyweight contender does have some time to make a decision, but has some pretty limited options. From a radio interview with MMA Weekly:

“He’s got some time,” Kizer said about how long Overeem has to request a second test be done. “As I understand it, if an ‘A’ sample comes back positive, the lab keeps that for quite a long time. If it comes back negative, they basically toss it after a couple of weeks assuming there is no further request for the ‘B’ sample. So they’d have the ‘B’ sample for quite a while, but I would assume if he’s going to request a ‘B’ sample testing, he should do it sometime this month.”

Overeem will have the option of having his alternate sample tested through Quest Diagnostics, the company that the NSAC employs or another accredited lab elsewhere in the country. Using Quest will take about a week for the results while a different lab will take a couple.

If the other sample tests positive as well, Overeem will likely be denied a license by the state of Nevada and will not be permitted to reapply for at least a year. The only positive from the entire situation is that Overeem will not be disciplined, at least by the athletic commission. And his chances of the "B" sample coming back negative are slim according to NSAC history.

“They always come back positive, except for one case we had a fighter, I think he was positive for six different, the lab found six specific prohibitive substances in his sample, the ‘B’ sample was tested and it did come back negative for one of those drugs, which myself and the attorney generals, we immediately dropped that from the complaint, dropped that one prohibitive substance,” Kizer explained.

“We weren’t even asked to do so, we did it on our own accord, the tie goes to the runner as I said back then, and I still say, but we still proceed with the others and he ended up getting a 12-month suspension and a big fine. Not with us (has a fighter’s test ever come back at a legal level). It may have happened with other drug testing groups, WADA or USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) may have had it, or other groups, but not with us.”

Like Dana White said last night, it's not looking good.

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