UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will have his eyes locked on Las Vegas come February 2.
That’s because Alistair Overeem has been cleared and re-issued his fight license, making his match with Antonio Silva official for UFC 156.
Velasquez is expected to face the winner in early 2013 in his first title defense since defeating Junior dos Santos.
While he will accept whomever the UFC pairs him with, Velasquez is intrigued by a possible meeting with Overeem, the former Strikeforce champion. Also, he’s already defeated Silva, scoring a TKO victory over him in 2012.
“As a professional, as a fan as well, I want to see the best guys fight each other,” said Velasquez, in a recent interview with ESPNChicago.com. “I just want to keep fighting the best guys, and he’s been that person for a while.”
Velasquez said he plans to take plenty of notes during the Overeem-Silva fight, but added, “I’ll watch his past fights, make up a good game plan from there. We’ll see what happens in the fight (with Silva); he has to win.”
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