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Old 01-31-2013, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alistair Overeem gets title shot with UFC 156 win over 'Bigfoot' Silva

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LAS VEGAS – Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will fight UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) if he wins at UFC 156.

During a media day in support of Saturday's event, UFC President Dana White confirmed the widely anticipated title scenario, which puts Overeem's opponent, Antonio Silva (17-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), in the role of spoiler.

UFC 146 takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Overeem vs. Silva meet on the event's pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.

Silva, who was supposed to meet Overeem more than a year ago in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament, isn't fighting for the same prize just yet. He fell to Velasquez on the all-heavyweight main card of UFC 146, which was supposed to feature Overeem against then-champ Junior Dos Santos.

Overeem lost the title shot when a pre-fight drug test came back with elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels, and Frank Mir was slotted to face Dos Santos, who went on to win by second-round TKO. The Nevada State Athletic Commission later denied Overeem a license to fight in the state, which effectively benched him for nine months. They relicensed him this past month.

Overeem made his long-awaited UFC debut more than a year ago when he sent former champ Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO at UFC 141.

"The Reem" has held belts in the now-defunct Strikeforce and DREAM organizations, as well as in kickboxing, where he won the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix.

Overeem has been vocal about getting a title shot during his layoff and welcomed fights with both Velasquez and Dos Santos, who recently requested an immediate rematch with the champ.

Strikeforce and UFC parent Zuffa cut Overeem after he declined to fight Silva in the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix due to an injury. He was then signed to the UFC two months later.

For more on UFC 156, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Old 01-31-2013, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Think he wins on Saturday but Cajn is a rough match up for him.


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I'd love to watch him fight Cain. Performance enhancers + brute strength + size + kickboxing vs. endless cardio and relentless takedowns. After Cain beat JDS I learned to never underestimate him.
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...I think Reem needs to face a dangerous top dog HW like a JDS before he gets a shot at Cain. He jacked up the original plan by pissing hot. Let's see how he fairs against Bigfoot. If Overeem doesn't win in Cormier style brutal fashion, or even convincingly against Bigfoot, he's not going to get past Cain Velasquez. I think it's that simple...
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i really hope Cain relentlessly beats the c*** out of overoid.

he is a cheat and what we knew all along has been confirmed. there is no honour in having a steroid using cheat holding the Heavyweight belt of the UFC.

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...I think Reem needs to face a dangerous top dog HW like a JDS before he gets a shot at Cain. He jacked up the original plan by pissing hot. Let's see how he fairs against Bigfoot. If Overeem doesn't win in Cormier style brutal fashion, or even convincingly against Bigfoot, he's not going to get past Cain Velasquez. I think it's that simple...

I for one am all for him fighting JDS... Not for your reason but there are issues there and I want to see it. It would be good for both fighters. Reem would have the most to lose at that point though.
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Shame, I wanted to see Werdum vs Cain 1st. Looks like we'll be getting Werdum vs Overeem 3 for the belt down the road.
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Cain is such a monster, I love that you can look at him and be like "okay this guy has never used PEDs in his life" yet he dominates dudes who look like greek gods. I'm excited to see him hurt Alistair.
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