Antonio Silva and Alistair Overeem each came over to the UFC after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce.

The two heavyweights were central figures to the promotion and division.

Now, it is quite possible that they square off inside the Octagon next year after Overeem is re-licensed following a suspension.

Overeem was the No. 1 contender upon failing a drug test prior to his fight with Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title earlier this year. The suspension runs until late in December, and the UFC went with Cain Velasquez as the next challenger to “Cigano.”

Now, Silva is looking to step in and meet the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion. “Bigfoot” improved to 17-4 when he toppled Travis Browne for his first UFC victory.

“If Overeem really doesn’t want to have to wait for a fight after his suspension is up, I am here ready to welcome him,” said Silva, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I respect him as an athlete. Overeem is big and strong, but I know I can beat him; even if (he) was created in the lab, I can beat him.”

Both Silva and Overeem were part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Silva was defeated by eventual winner Daniel Cormier, who entered the tournament as a replacement for Overeem following issues with his contract.

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