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  1. Default Alistair Overeem Gets Title Shot With UFC 156 Win Over 'Bigfoot' Silva

    Alistair Overeem gets title shot with UFC 156 win over 'Bigfoot' Silva | News



    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.
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    UFC 156 Pre-Fight Video: Alistair Overeem's Edge Over Bigfoot Silva? "I'm a Better Fighter... I'm Just Better" | MMAWeekly.com

    “I’m a better fighter,” Overeem said at Thursday’s UFC 156 Media Day in Las Vegas. “I’m just better.”
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    With title shot dangling for Overeem, tension builds between Dutch star and 'Bigfoot' - MMA Fighting



    In a tense moment, Silva and Overeem neared each other and Silva appeared to make contact, with his massive left hand covering most of Overeem's face. Silva then began to jaw at him. As Dana White attempted to step in between the massive heavyweights, Overeem responded and the two exchanged words and glares even as they backed away from each other to give way to the next pairing of fighters.

    Silva: "You better start showing respect."

    Overeem: "I'm going to f------ destroy you."
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    This staredown beef stuff happened before with Bigfoot. He displayed the same type of behavior against Travis Browne. Not sure if he did this against Cain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    This staredown beef stuff happened before with Bigfoot. He displayed the same type of behavior against Travis Browne. Not sure if he did this against Cain?
    lol Cain is unmoved by staredowns and shit talking. He just shows up and kicks your ass.
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    That's one way to show respect. It is kinda funny that Overeem is not even close to intimidated by Big Foot, who is a pretty imposing figure himself.

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    lol Cain is unmoved by staredowns and shit talking. He just shows up and kicks your ass.
    So true! Reminds me of what Fedor did, although his opponents really didn't talk much shit.

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    overeem seems completely untouched by any threat bigfoot could pose, and for good reason. after how the cormier fight turned out, overeem is a horrible, horrible matchup for bigfoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. MMA View Post
    That's one way to show respect. It is kinda funny that Overeem is not even close to intimidated by Big Foot, who is a pretty imposing figure himself.



    So true! Reminds me of what Fedor did, although his opponents really didn't talk much shit.
    Both of them are genetic freaks. One is big and tall the other one is wide and muscular. As usual with heavyweights whomever gets rocked 1st is simply fucked.

    Overeem's K1 experience should give him the edge to win this fight considering its starts out on the feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    Both of them are genetic freaks. One is big and tall the other one is wide and muscular. As usual with heavyweights whomever gets rocked 1st is simply fucked.

    Overeem's K1 experience should give him the edge to win this fight considering its starts out on the feet.
    One of them is a genetic freak... Big Foot = Gigantism and AO = Roids & Horse meat.
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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