Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will return to the Octagon for the first time since late in 2011 this Saturday night – and he doesn’t plan to be there very long.
Overeem faces Antonio Silva at UFC 156 from Las Vegas. He was recently re-issued his fight license after serving out a suspension for a failed pre-fight drug test.
“The fight will probably end in one or two rounds,” Overeem said. “I’m going to raise my hands after and he’s just going to be a number on my list, a statistic. I want to finish him in the first round.”
Overeem, who was scheduled to face Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title last year before failing the drug test, was also set to meet Silva while the two were in Strikeforce. They each won first round matches in the Grand Prix tournament, but Overeem opted out after earning his victory due to legal issues.
The winner of Overeem-Silva is expected to become the No. 1 contender to Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight title.