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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.

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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UFC Returning to Atlanta in April

Philips Arena. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Spirit LLC.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Atlanta for the first time since hosting UFC 88 at the Philips Arena in September 2008 for UFC 146 on April 21 at the same venue.

The organization announced the date and show on Tuesday night's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. MMA Junkie has since confirmed that the fight card will emanate from the Philips Arena.

No fights have officially been announced for the event, but a pivotal heavyweight matchup between former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Strikeforce grand prix contestant Antonio Silva has been rumored.

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Report: Overeem Rejects Grand Prix Date, Replaced by Cormier in Tournament

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Just hours after Alistair Overeem revealed that he was not prepared to accept a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on September 10, the organization's heavyweight champion has been removed from the tournament altogether.

Multiple websites, including MMA Weekly and Tatame are reporting that Overeem has been removed from the tournament and replaced by undefeated AKA product Daniel Cormier, who will face Silva in place of Overeem.

Overeem appeared on "The MMA Hour" earlier today and told Ariel Helwani that he was not prepared to accept the proposed matchup because he felt there would not be enough time to adequately following his victory over Fabricio Werdum last month.

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Report: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals Slated for September 10

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

The semifinal round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament will reportedly take place at a yet-to-be-named location on September 10.

A pair of matchups pitting Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Josh Barnett against Sergei Kharitonov are what remain of the eight-man field.

According to, four other bouts are also rumored for the card, including a Strikeforce middleweight title defense between champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold as well as the promotional debut of Maximo Blanco, who will face Josh Thomson.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Medical Suspensions, Grispi-Roop Tapped for June & More

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Following his shocking loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has been medically suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He will not be permitted to compete until he's cleared by a doctor after an upcoming CT scan of his head and face. However, he did not suffer a broken orbital bone as widely speculated. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will also be sidelined for a mandatory 30 days following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov. []

— A featherweight bout between one-time planned title contender Josh Grispi and "TUF" alumnus George Roop has been booked for the TUF 13 Finale in Las Vegas on June 4. Grispi had a ten-fight winning streak snapped by Dustin Porier at UFC 125 on Jan 1, while Roop suffered a one-sided loss to Mark Hominick just days later at UFC Fight for the Troops II. [MMA Mania]

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Strikeforce “Fedor vs Silva” Post-Fight Videos

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/

Half of the quarterfinals of Strikeforce's first-ever heavyweight grand prix tournament are now complete with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Sergei Kharitonov moving on after pulling off a pair of memorable upsets.

Shane del Rosario, Chad Griggs and Valentijn Overeem also won a trio of reserve bouts, placing themselves as the frontrunners in case someone in the eight-man (now six-man) field is unable to compete.

After the jump are video interviews featuring four of the aforementioned fighters: Silva, Kharitonov, del Rosario and Overeem.

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Silva, Kharitonov Advance in Strikeforce GP

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

"The Last Emperor" fell again.

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva battered Fedor Emelianenko and forced the former PRIDE heavyweight champion's right eye to swell shut, prompting a doctor's stoppage following the second round of their featured attraction at Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

"I trained very hard for this fight," Silva, who advances to the second leg of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, said afterwards. "People are always saying 'Fedor, Fedor, Fedor'. I trained too hard and I showed it to the world. I won over the best heavyweight in the world."

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