twitter google

Alistair Overeem ‘Very Happy’ To Be Back Fighting, Plans To Finish Antonio Silva At UFC 156

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has waited well over a year to return to the Octagon. Now, fully cleared following a failed drug test, “The Reem” is set to collide with Antonio Silva at UFC 156 on February 2.

Overeem was preparing to meet then-UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos when he tested positive levels of testosterone. He was suspended while trying to fight the test results, but received his fight license this past December.

“I am very happy, very pleased to be back,” Overeem said, during a recent conference call.

Despite having to fight again to cement his status as the No. 1 contender, Overeem is undeterred, saying, “it is just a matter of time, one more mountain to climb. To be honest, I don’t see any problem (defeating Silva), then (going for the title).”

Overeem said the pressure of competing in such a high stakes match doesn’t bother him, it only serves as more fuel.

“Every fight is the same. I need to get the job done,” Overeem stated. “I am always focused on my next battle, winning the next fight.”

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2

Event Date: July 29, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 114: Pettis vs. Moreno

Event Date: August 5, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njoukani

Event Date: August 25, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 115: Struve vs. Volkov

Event Date: September 2, 2017
Broadcast: Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg

Event Date: September 9, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Event Date: September 23, 2017
Broadcast: TBD