Many believed Alistair Overeem would be granted an immediate UFC Heavyweight title shot upon his return from suspension. However, that will have to wait. The Reem will return to the Octagon in February to take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
The UFC announced the match-up late Tuesday evening.
Overeem has been out of action for nine-months after being suspended due to a random drug test back in March in Nevada. His test showed that his testosterone to epitestosterone levels were through the roof.
On December 27 Overeem will be able to reapply for a license, however the Nevada State Athletic Commission is not scheduled to hold a meeting until mid January.
Overeem (36-11) made his Octagon debut at UFC 141, where he destroyed Brock Lesnar and forced him into retirement. He was then scheduled for a title shot against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, but unfortunately that bout was scrapped due to Overeem’s suspension.
Silva (17-4) picked up a big victory in his last bout, as he handed Travis Browne his first taste of defeat. Prior to the Browne TKO, “Bigfoot” lost two in a row. In the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals, Daniel Cormier shocked the world when he KO’d the Brazilian and then in his UFC debut he got bloodied up by former heavyweight champ and current number one contender Cain Velasquez. He looks to make it two in a row with a win over The Reem.
UFC 156 is set to go down on February 2 and will no doubt be stacked as that is Super Bowl weekend. Already announced to be on the card is UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, as well as former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.