Overeem and Antonio
Silva will face off at UFC
156, provided Overeem is cleared to competed by the Nevada
Promotion officials announced the booking late Tuesday night.
Overeem is currently serving a nine-month suspension handed down by
the NAC in April after “The Demolition Man” failed a pre-fight drug
test ahead of a planned UFC 146 title confrontation with champion
Santos. Overeem will be eligible to reapply for a license on
UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las
Vegas. The event will also feature former lightweight champion
Edgar debuting at 145 pounds, when “The Answer” challenges
Aldo for the UFC featherweight crown.
Overeem and Silva were initially expected to collide in the
semifinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix last year before
Overeem withdrew from the booking. Instead, “Pezao” made his final
Strikeforce appearance 14 months ago against alternate and eventual
grand prix winner Daniel
Cormier, who knocked out Silva in 3:56.
Silva debuted in the UFC on May 26, suffering a brutal, first-round
technical knockout to ex-champion Cain
Velasquez. The 33-year-old recently halted his skid, however,
as Silva stopped previously unbeaten Travis
Browne with a flurry of blows last month at UFC on FX 5.
Overeem has not lost in more than five years. The 32-year-old
captured the Strikeforce heavyweight title in 2007, defending the
belt once successfully while also competing outside the promotion
under the K-1, Dream and Glory World Series banners. “The Reem”
made his Octagon foray nearly one year ago, knocking out former
heavyweight champion and ex-WWE star Brock
Lesnar at UFC 141.