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Bigfoot wants Overeem's #3 ranking spot

Bigfoot wants Overeem's #3 ranking spot
November 14th 2012

Today’s news that Alistair Overeem and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva are matched for February means that an original semi-final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will be played out at last.

The two were originally set to meet in September 2011 but Overeem pulled out (supposedly with an injury but he then signed with the UFC) and Silva instead fought tournament alternate Daniel Cormier, losing by KO.

Silva was hoping the fight could happen at a UFC event in his native North-East region of Brazil next year - “It would like a dream coming true to fight in that region, even more versus Overeem. We'd need a big soccer stadium for the event. Big and strong to bear our weight together,” he says.

But he is happy enough that he is getting the chance to face Overeem at last and the fact that Overeem was, until this fight was announced, the lead contender surely bodes well for Silva if he wins. Champion heavyweight Junior Dos Santos defends the belt against Cain Velasquez on December 29 and Overeem was thought to be next in line. Now he needs to beat Silva.

“He is ranked third in the weight class. If I beat him, I automatically become the third, right?” Silva grins.

“But I don't worry about rankings. I fight my fights, train and show my value in the Octagon. I was already a victim of ranking - I fought Cormier, who was not counted in the ranking at all at that time, lost and went to the back of the line! That’s how it goes.”

The fight is set for the big Superbowl weekend card taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday February 2.

Comments

  • Ilbkayb

    Posted at 02:28 on July 19th 2013

    JDS, brock is agressive. That don't say atnnhiyg. See what happened with cain. It didn't do nothing. Brock win by intimidation most the time. Overeem will beat you, not with speed. But his strenght is too overwilming, too much advantage in size, weight, power and experinces. Not to mention 3 different championship belt from 3 different company. I think UFC is just another company for him to add on to his collection until he have to find another fighting corp to sign? under.

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  • Jose

    Posted at 15:17 on July 22nd 2013

    I think that JDS will beat Overeem. Alistair hits hard for sure but Brock was an easy opponent in my opioinn. Alistair Overeem is like Bob Sapp in some way: too much muscles for absolutely nothing. Against JDS, he'll? get tired after the first round and Junior will finish him in the second. To be continued

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  • Jane

    Posted at 11:20 on July 25th 2013

    There's a terrific amount of kneogwdle in this article!

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