According to a source close to the situation, Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Silva will make his first appearance in the ring since beating former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski by decision four months ago on an upcoming Strikeforce card in St. Louis this December 4th.
His opponent at the show will be none other than Overeem….Valentijn Overeem, that is. News of the match-up was announced via fellow Strikeforce heavyweight Alistair Overeem, Valentijn’s younger brother, on his Twitter page.
The elder Overeem will be making his debut for the promotion at the event. He has won his last two fights, both by way of knockout, but is 28-25 from an overall perspective. However, the 34-year old Dutchman has finished an outstanding number of the opponents he’s beaten and, as a matter of fact, only notched a single victory by way of decision in a career dating back to 1996.
American Top Team’s Silva is 14-2 and won seven of his last eight fights. He is also known for ending his adversaries’ evenings early with twelve of the fourteen falling victim to either a submission or TKO rather than a scorecard.
In addition to Silva fighting Overeem, the St. Lous event is expected to be headlined by a bout between light heavyweight veterans Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral, as well as feature the return of former Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker to the Strikeforce cage.