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Alistair Overeem battling “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem said he wasn’t planning to wait long to fight once licensed again, passing on a potential title-bout if necessary, and it appears the devastating Dutchman has lived up to his word, as Overeem looks to be tentatively scheduled in for a February 2 scrap with Antonio Silva at UFC 156.

The heavyweight rumble was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and has since been confirmed by the UFC. The match-up will, of course, be contingent on Overeem being cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Overeem is towards the tail end of a sentence dished out by the NAC preventing him from competing until late December as a result of showing an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use in a random drug test issued by the regulatory board. The 32-year old was in line for a crack at the divisional championship before being popped and is expected to be named as #1 contender if successful against Silva. Overeem is 36-11 in his career with 34 finishes and wins over the likes of Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, and Brock Lesnar.

By comparison, “Bigfoot” is 17-4 including an October TKO of Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5. Twelve of his triumphs have involved a strike-based stoppage.

UFC 156 is currently set to feature a main event tilt between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and former lightweight king Frankie Edgar with Rashad Evans also taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in another featured fight.