Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem looks set to go toe-to-toe with Brazilian juggernaut Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2nd (Superbowl weekend) in Las Vegas, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review Journal.
This is despite both Overeem and UFC president Dana White saying he’ll wait for the winner of next month’s heavyweight title showdown between champion Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
With Overeem (36-11) serving his suspension until Dec. 27th, his fight with “Bigfoot” is contingent on him appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission and applying for a new fighter’s license.
Overeem’s last fight was at UFC 141 (first round stoppage vs Brock Lesnar) on Dec. 30th last year and he was scheduled to face Junior Dos Santos in a heavyweight title match in May of this year, but tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently suspended.
“Bigfoot” Silva (17-4) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak by TKO-ing Travis Browne in the first round of their fight at UFC on FX 5, to take some momentum into the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Feb. 2nd.
Other fights on the annual Superbowl weekend mega-card include Frankie Edgar challenging José Aldo for the featherweight championship and former light heavyweight king Rashad Evans facing off against Antonio Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira.