Originally written November 13, 2012 on 5thRound.com:
Although it was believed Alistair Overeem (Pictured) would retain his heavyweight top contender moniker once his nine-month drug suspension was lifted, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting the former Strikeforce champion make his return against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156. The UFC essentially confirmed the scrap by retweeting the post. Of course, Overeem must first wait until December 27th to reapply for licensing after registering more than twice the legal limit of testosterone in his system in March. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is expected to hold a meeting in early-to-mid January. “The commission can go any way they want to at that meeting. They could say yes, they could say no, they could say yes with conditions,” NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told LVRJ. “All of that will be on the table, but nothing can happen as far as licensure until after (Dec. 27).” Overeem’s lone big league performance game last New Year’s Eve weekend in a TKO victory over Brock Lesnar. He was set to challenge reigning champ Junior dos Santos for his hardware at UFC 146 until flunking his pre-fight drug exam. He’s been riding the pine ever since. Silva, meanwhile, handed Travis Browne his first professional blemish in his most recent outing. The TKO win snapped the Brazilian’s two-fight losing skid. Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the February 2nd festivities. Here are the athletes expected to perform on Super Bowl Saturday: Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo (UFC featherweight champion)
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