When Alistair Overeem was cleared to return to the Octagon at tonight's (Sat., Feb. 2, 2013) UFC 156: "Aldo vs. Edgar" event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was paired with fellow former Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio Silva. It didn't take long for the powers that be to declare openly that if "Demolition Man" could emerge victorious, he would earn a title shot against division champion Cain Velasquez.
Suspension for a failed drug test be damned.
Here's the thing, though: It was clear from the outset how good the guy can be. His comfort level was such that he was standing across from "Bigfoot" with his hands down and chin up, the exact opposite of what you're supposed to do in a fight.
Unless, of course, you have no real respect for your opponent.
Unfortunately, "The Reem" was as patient as could be in the first round and while his accuracy was a sight to behold, he didn't offer a lot of offense and very little damage was done.
His dominance continued into the second, this time in the form of a big takedown after landing a strike or two. Things were slow rolling from there, but not so slow that referee Herb Dean forced a stand up. Overeem was doing just enough to maintain his dominant position while Silva floundered underneath him, unable to establish any kind of meaningful offense.
The open of the third is where Overeem's cockiness got the best of him. Silva rushed him with a strong sense of urgency and the two butted heads when they both went low to duck under each other. That started a flurry of activity from "Bigfoot," who blitzed the Dutchman with an overload of punches with disgusting power.
Eventually, Overeem couldn't withstand the onslaught and went out cold.
So much for that title shot after all, huh?
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