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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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UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has verbally agreed to fight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156, being held on SuperBowl weekend. Both parties involved have agreed to the bout verbally as Overeem is still waiting out the rest of his nine month suspension due to a failed drug test. His suspension ends December 27th. The fight [...]
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem was female friendly at club Liv in Miami. Hopefully “The Reem” got this one off her feet and went right for the ground and pound.
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A heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has been tentatively booked for UFC 156 on February 2nd.
UFC officials confirmed the bout which is pending Overeem’s license being approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Overeem was scheduled to face Junior dos Santos as UFC 146 but failed a pre-fight drug test in March for elevated...
Many believed Alistair Overeem would be granted an immediate UFC Heavyweight title shot upon his return from suspension. However, that will have to wait. The Reem will return to the Octagon in February to take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
The UFC announced the match-up late Tuesday evening.
Overeem has been out of action for nine-months after being suspended due to a random drug...
As much as I think “The Reem” will put “Bigfoot” out early at UFC 156, I’m becoming a huge Silva fan. The heavyweight division is looking pretty stacked these days.
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Though UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is still under suspension until the end of December, and despite assurances he's been given on the next heavyweight title shot, Overeem has reportedly...
We all know that Dana White is a gambler but he is taking a big one at UFC 156. Alistair Overeem is scheduled to return but will not be stepping right back into a title fight. The former champion will instead have to go throw a giant en route to a championship fight.