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Alistair Overeem to Return From Suspension Against Antonio Silva at UFC 156

(Overeem and Silva [2nd and 3rd from left], back when they were just a couple of hungry up-and-comers, competing in something called a ‘Strikeforce’. / Photo via

The UFC has confirmed that heavyweight behemoth Alistair Overeem will return to the Octagon at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar (February 2nd, Las Vegas), where he’ll face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. According to, the bout “has been scheduled pending licensing approval of Overeem by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That decision will be finalized in early 2013.”

Overeem’s most recent appearance was at UFC 141 last December, where he smoked Brock Lesnar in the first round. Following that fight, Overeem was booked to challenge Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title, but failed a random NSAC drug test in stupendous fashion, and was barred from licensing for nine months. Overeem blamed the test result on “an anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone” prescribed by his doctor, which ranks just below Antonio Silva’s “I took a testosterone-booster for my acromegaly” excuse on the believability scale. (Yes, the winner of this fight will be a former steroid suspect, and so will the loser.) Overeem will be able to re-apply for licensure in Nevada next month.

As for his opponent, Antonio Silva rescued his career in October with a first-round TKO of Travis Browne, which followed back-to-back knockout losses. But the win was somewhat controversial; would Bigfoot still have been able to beat Browne if “Hapa” wasn’t hobbled by a hamstring injury early in the fight?

Overeem and Silva were originally slated to face off in the semi-finals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix. However, Overeem was removed from the tournament (and booted from Strikeforce altogether) when he refused to compete due to nagging injuries. Daniel Cormier replaced the Reem, beat Bigfoot’s ass, went on to win the tournament, and probably made a couple of ballsy gamblers rich in the process.

We’re hoping for a good, competitive scrap between The Reem and The Chin, but this matchup looks tailor-made to put Alistair back in the spotlight, and re-establish him as the UFC’s #1 heavyweight contender. Anybody else see it differently?

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KarmaAteMyCat- November 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm
Are you all really astonished the guy who's head grew in size did steroids???
powerpack_- November 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm
couldnt give a flying fuck if they did roids, i jus wana see em fight, overeem is a beast, overeem for title shot after he dispatches bigfoot
smiledriver- November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Well, at least Overeem isn't getting a title shot.
Sniffer-Piffits- November 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm
@mma4ever - HOLY SHIT!!! Lol
mma4ever- November 14, 2012 at 9:34 am
I see the reem being in silvas guard and catching a wiff of the horse crotch nearby then allowing himself to be triangled without taping only to start shaking his arm like the hulkster then picking silva up to slam ala rampage jackson just to hopefully smash silvas cup with his forehead to claim his kinder suprise
Fried Taco- November 14, 2012 at 8:55 am
The winner will face Cormier in Daniel's first UFC appearance. Because everyone wants to know who really would have won the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. Right? Everyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Buster Hyman- November 14, 2012 at 8:43 am
Lets just pray Silvia's shorts don't accidentally come off because I hear he's hung like a horse and well that could get weird considering
Sniffer-Piffits- November 14, 2012 at 8:31 am
I'd love to see Horse Meat get crushed, but Sasquatch stinks ALMOST as bad as Squa-snatch. Good luck, Silva.
dipsetkilla316- November 14, 2012 at 7:56 am
Its prob gonna be a good fight i think overeem is gonna win but u never no yea thats not a punishment i mean he was out for like i yea or close to it i think it should be like a 2 3 year punishment so that there really scared they wont be able to fight and not make money and make and example out of the next guy like dosent wven matter who its is i lost a lot of reapect for bonnar he just did it and retiered and admited to it and just pretty much i dont care
Casa de los pantelones- November 14, 2012 at 7:25 am
More pussification of America. This shit wouldn't happen if rule makers and lawmakers weren't a bunch of slack jawed faggots, but instead some sexual tyrannosaurus'. Stop incorporating these wussy punishments and make the penalties harsh, swift and severe. As in, get caught using banned substances, you are done forever.

Because acting like you care and imposing these mild punishments obviously isn't working, especially for these repeat offenders. Step up the punishment and act like you truly care, or stfu and let them do what they want.

It's not fair to fans who want to see big fights, waiting for months to years on end, because of this type of bullshit.