Antonio Silva has been looking forward to matching up with former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem for quite some time now. In under two weeks, the two will square off at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar.
Silva and Overeem were on a collision course for a meeting in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Overeem opted out of the event. He was replaced by Daniel Cormier, who went on to capture the GP title.
Now, inside the Octagon, the two will go toe-to-toe in Las Vegas – and “Bigfoot” could not be any more excited.
“My focus has been on Alistair Overeem. I have waited for this fight for two years,” Silva said. “I am 100-percent focused on Overeem. He is a tough guy, great striking – a complete guy, and probably the best striker in the UFC. But this is not kickboxing; this is MMA. I am going to win this fight.”
It sounds like the winner of the heavyweight scrap will become the No. 1 contender to Cain Velasquez and the UFC title. Velasquez defeated Silva last year, but the Brazilian isn’t looking ahead to any possible rematch at this point.
“I don’t care about the title,” Silva said. “After February 2, I am going to take on Cain Velasquez.”