Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is set to face off with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Super Bowl weekend. The bout will likely co-headline the Las Vegas card on February 2. UFC officials confirmed the matchup originally announced by the Las Vegas Review Journal on Tuesday.
Overeem was last in action at UFC 141 where he defeated Brock Lesnar via TKO. The Dutchman was set to challenge for the UFC heavyweight crown against champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 145 but a failed drug test due to elevated levels of testosterone and was denied a license. UFC President Dana White previously stated that Overeem would likely face the winner of the UFC 155 main event but the former Strikeforce kingpin stated he would rather not wait. Overeem will still have to go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to be relicensed.
“Bigfoot” Silva notched his first UFC victory when he defeated Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5. The Brazilian has been lobbying for the bout for awhile, insisting that he would fight Overeem “even if he was made in the lab.”
UFC 156 will take place February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a UFC featherweight championship tilt between the champ, Jose Aldo, and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The card is expected to also feature a light heavyweight bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, but there is some speculation that bout could end up on the recently announced Anaheim card.