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Report: UFC 156 Could Mark Alistair Overeem Return Against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

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Alistair Overeem at UFC 141We’re still three months out from UFC 156, but the fight card is already coming together. And according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Adam Hill, the Super Bowl weekend event may land Alistair Overeem’s return bout.

Overeem’s name is being mentioned alongside Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for a heavyweight showdown on Feb. 2 at UFC 156.

Overeem has been sitting on the sidelines serving out a nine-month suspension due to an out-of-competition drug test in March in Nevada. His drug test results displayed an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone.

The Dutch fighter is eligible to re-apply for a license in the state on Dec. 27, but according to Hill’s report, Overeem must appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission to do so. The soonest that would happen is early to mid-January, whenever the NAC holds its regularly scheduled meeting.

As long as Overeem fulfills all of the demands of the commission, he is likely to get relicensed, but that will not be determined until the meeting.

That would leave less than a month until the scheduled UFC 156 date, so whether or not the UFC is willing to take the risk that he doesn’t get licensed could be a factor.

Overeem (36-11) last fought on Dec. 30 of 2011, when he knocked Brock Lesnar into retirement at UFC 141. He was supposed to have returned to challenge Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title in May of this year, but that bout was derailed by the drug test and suspension.

Silva (17-4) was propelled into the spotlight when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko in February of 2011. He then lost back-to-back bouts to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez before returning to the winner’s circle at UFC on FX 5 in October. He scored a TKO victory over Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5, putting him on track for the fight against Overeem.

If Overeem vs. Silva comes to fruition at UFC 156, it will be part of a fight card that features UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending against Frankie Edgar, as well as a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216085612 Yannick Messaoud

    To be honest i dont care about steroid usage or not, i love watching overeem fight this is going to be good

  • stevemcz11

    I would rather see Overeem fight the winner of Nelson vs Carwin

  • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

    Great, I was hoping this fight would happen. Bigfoot may have been set back by the losses to DC and CV but he’s still a top guy, very talented and dangerous. Should be a good fight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Mark McDowall

      I think this fight is completely pointless. As you said Bogfoot is coming off of 2 bad losses…he shouldn’t be fighting another “top” guy. He beat Fedor…whoopty doo…he isn’t a top heavyweight…I think UFC is looking at this as a gimme fight to put on JDS vs Overeem. I’d like to see Bigfoot do what he did to Fedor…but I don’t see it happening.

      • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

        Well The Reem has been out for so long now, he needs to stay busy. And since Bigfoot just beat Travis Browne I guess the UFC figures it could draw some attention. Not a bad business move. But you are right, rankings wise; this fight is pointless.

  • bajafox

    Everyone is assuming he is going to pas the test… One step at a time

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Mark McDowall

      Very good point…he could stub his toe or get a hang nail and need another shot of T-Rex testosterone to recover!