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.
Bigfoot, a native of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 17-4. Bigfoot holds victories over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, Mike Kyle, and Ricco Rodriguez. Since joining the UFC, Bigfoot has gone 1-1 with his sole victory coming against Travis Brown.
Overeem, a native of Amsterdam, Holland, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 35-12. Since making the jump to heavyweight, Overeem has gone 11-0 and captured K-1, Dream and Strikeforce titles while reeling off victories over the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Brock Lesnar, Fabricio Werdum, and Mark Hunt.
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