Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva vs. Alistair Overeem targeted for UFC 156

Alistair Overeem‘s first fight since being suspended for nine months after a failed pre-UFC 146 drug test is set to be against a fellow former Strikeforce fighter.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva had called out Overeem and said that he would love to “welcome him” back to the UFC. Apparently, Dana White and Joe Silva agree with that idea and have tentatively set for the two to face one another at UFC 156 in Las Vegas. Although no official announcement has been made, the Las Vegas Review Journal was the first to report on the proposed matchup that will take place on the same card that will feature Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar‘s battle for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title.

Overeem will be back in the Octagon for the first time since his 2011 TKO victory over Brock Lesnar. He was set to face champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 but a drug test prior to the event showed a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, more than twice the 6-to-1 ratio allowed by the commission. Overeem was subsequently pulled from the fight and was hit with a nine month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He has still maintained his #1 contender slot and could have waited for the winner of the December 29th title fight between Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. However, his team decided against an extended stay on the shelf and opted to return as soon as the suspension had ended.  

UFC 156 takes place February 2nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.

  • grandslam

    I wish Bigfoot good luck.

    ’cause he will need a lot of it…

  • highkick12

    Sweet. Nice to see the high level striking of Overeem back in the octagon.

  • thealex

    i hope bigfoot gets him, derail 2 top guys in a row. #donkeykongpunches

  • chiller

    Biggoof will expose Overoids Glass chin just wait and see ;)

  • grandslam

    Are you drunk?

  • darejz00

    A lot of luck indeed. Overeem is way too strong to get pounded on the ground, don’t see how else Bigfoot could take this one.

  • thexperience1

    Wow… looks like the UFC wants to get rid of Bigfoot.. they’re feeding him to the dogs !!!! Overeem will KILL him…

  • azzkika

    Most commentators said Fedor would do the same and look how that turned out.

  • UnderdogGreatness

    Its not looking good for Bigfoot at all.

  • IChokePeople

    Overeem is not too strong to get pounded on the ground by BF. He does however have excellent TDD so I don’t see BF getting him there. Overeem via 1st rd KO

  • IChokePeople

    That was a fluke. Overeem is going to destroy him. I am a huge BF fan but I just don’t see how he wins this.

  • Brasil

    Hate to say this but: Overoid by destruction.

  • purinho

    Well, Bigfoot trashtalks about Anabolistar for a long time now, asking for a fight with him since 2009, so Joe and Dana will make his wish came true. Above that I am just happy that they don’t give him a title shot right away.

  • David Saucier

    yes purinho1

  • David Saucier

    I like it its a good fight it should of happened in the hw gp and I always liked big foot he has a good shot of winning and i am glad reem dosnt get a title shot right away

  • grandslam

    I hope not. Kinda felt bad for BF in his fight with Cain. He was a bloody mess.

  • Camelux3000

    We will finally get to see where Overeem stands in the heavyweight division.
    Cormier and Velasquez both pretty much destroyed Silva.
    Let’s see how Overeem fairs against him.
    Furthermore it is my personal opinion that Overeem’s last 2 performances in MMA , despite the fact that he won both of them,were unimpressive to say the least
    I’m not a hater , i ‘m actually his fan, but i really didn’t like seeing the K1 heavyweight champion showcase the standup he showcased against Werdum(he should have destroyed him on the feet) as well as with Brock were he literally did not throw even ONE PUNCH

  • grandslam

    Overeem’s fight with Lesnar was a true display of the impact of those kicks and knee’s. I dont think any fighter in the HW division can handle Overeem’s strength. Not even JDS. The only way to beat Overeem is to be on the offensive all the time just that way Badr Hari did.

  • IChokePeople

    He had a busted foot in the Werdum fight and he annihilated Lesner.

  • DJPlatinumUSA

    Remember the last guy who was TKO’d by Velasquez and then Overeem? It took Velasquez about 100 punches to TKO him, and took Overeem about 8 strikes to TKO him…. Fast forward to Velasquez TKOing Bigfoot with about 100 punches, Overeem will TKO him very quickly

  • DJPlatinumUSA

    Remember, Fedor was outstriking Bigfoot in the first round, but Bigfoot had a 60lb weight advantage which is why he took him down. He doesn’t have that weight and strength advantage over The Reem, and he for damn sure will not want to stand and trade with him either

  • mindkontrolle

    Oh man, Bigfoot is gonna get demolished…

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  • Knight_vision

    KO to the Reem

  • thexperience1

    U mean the undersized, washed up fighter way past his glory days that got beat up by a giant??? …. give me a f*ckin break!! Beating a legend of the sport way past his prime is really not that impressive. Fedor wouldn’t survive in the UFC, thats why he never stepped into the octagon.

  • thexperience1

    Don’t worry.. he’s not gonna be a bloody mess… The Reem wont need punches in bunches to finish him. He will put him to sleep with a fist and a couple of kicks…

  • gm1

    Big Foot better be carrying a Lucky rabbits Foot on him that night…hahaha

  • gm1

    he is……

  • gm1

    Yeah but BF has a mouth on him that he cant back up….He even turned into a bigger mouth after he beat fedor.

    So what ever he gets coming. he deserves…..

  • grapplure

    easy fight for overoid!

  • IChokePeople

    He took him down due to great timing. He kept him there due to size AND technique. There is no doubt in my mind though that had Fedor been a little more cautious (or maybe watched some video) he would have got a TKO in the second or third. If they ever had a rematch I would pick Fedor to win.

  • greeneyeleo

    If Overoid does indeed win the fight, I hope he doesn’t lose the drug test.

    I wish we could see him fight Shogun again in a Pride open weight tournament style- those were the days!

  • Clinch_z_Demise

    The only way Bigfoot beats Reem is the way he beat Travis brown… Reem blows his knee in the first couple minutes..

  • Clinch_z_Demise

    How crazy would it be if Reem quitting the steroid caused him to come back at around 225, and get ****ed up by lesnar.

  • DKMcGrath

    Fedor in his prime could have beaten Bigfoot he was too old too fat and too little.Overeem will sprawl n brawl him and this may just be the largest broken jaw in MMA history.And everyone knows Brown would have won if he didn’t lose by Patrick Cote (injury).

  • Ezana Matthews

    overeem will KO or tko big foot and will get the title shot but dos santos will KO him because overeem has a glass chin. I’ll root for overeem anyways

  • KeithFarrell

    I don’t really see Bigfoot getting the takedown, the only way I could imagine him winning is by landing a huge shot like he did against Browne.

    Doesn’t matter who you are, if 280lbs is thrown and your head takes it cleanly, your gonna be in trouble.
    Apart from a perfect strike via Bigfoot, Overeem will destroy him

  • johndo11

    Overeem didnt destroy Werdum. Just sayin…

  • codemaster

    Are you kidding?

    How does any fighter destroy someone who constantly pulls guard after unsuccessful TDs? That was a disgraceful fight by Werdum.

    Overeem basically stuffed takedown after takedown–until Wedum actually got some strikes in because Alistair was distracted by the constant TD attempts.

    I hope never to see another fight like that–and I fully blame Werdum.

  • johndo11

    All i’m saying is if bigfoot “actually gets some strikes in” as you put it, it may not go the way you think it will. Just like the Werdum fight didn’t go the way we all thought it would. (Total reemolition)

  • johndo11

    He has been stopped by punches 5 or 6 times in his career.

  • azzkika

    Fedor never stepped into the octagon because he hates the way DW treats fighters and made more money outside of it than most who ever stepped inside of it.

  • azzkika

    PS: I’m not sure if Fedor was past his prime. It wasn’t long before he was knocking previous UFC HW champs out cold. I think perhaps his refusal to adopt modern training techniques caught up with him s the game moved on. Still the best HW to ever live though.