Overeem vs Silva in Strikeforce? Well, kind of ...

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But it's Valentijn, not Alistair.

That's according to a "Demolition" tweet, who announced his older brother's debut against Antonio Silva on Dec. 4 under the Strikeforce banner.

With a surgically repaired Fabricio Werdum on the shelf until 2011 and Fedor Emelianenko still hiding behind the iron curtain, the promotion had very few options for "Bigfoot" following his "Heavy Artillery" win over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

So why not Alistair?

Well, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion is already booked to face Ben Edwards under the K-1 banner later this year, and the promotion seems intent on matching him up with either "The Last Emperor" or "Vai Cavalo."

Enter "The Python."

Overeem (28-25) has been fighting since 1996 and has experience in RINGS, PRIDE and Sengoku. After back-to-back losses in 2009, the Dutchman put together consecutive knockout victories earlier this year.

He has good hands and plenty of power, but over half his losses have come by way of submission. 15 if you're keeping score at home.

Silva (14-2) likes to stand and bang, but will he exploit this weakness?

The Brazilian has enjoyed a pretty successful run at heavyweight since his 2005 debut. His only loss in the past four years was a unanimous decision to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" in November 2009.

Aside from "The Pitbull," "Pezao" was probably most recognized for his time spent as Elite XC Heavyweight Champion.

Strikeforce: "Henderson vs. Babalu" will feature a long overdue rematch between Dan "Hollywood" Henderson and Renato "Babalu" Sobral." Scott Smith is also expected to make his welterweight debut against Jesse Finney.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.

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