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Alistair Overeem Looks To Make Statement Saturday Night

A preview of UFC 156's Heavyweight clash between "The Reem" & Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

Alistair Overeem is arguably the most controversial figure in all of MMA.

In 2007, Overeem made his heavyweight debut against Paul Buentello and his physique has been a hot topic amongst media and forum trolls alike. Since then, Overeem has complied a resume that cannot be overlooked. He became the first and only fighter in the combat sports to hold world titles in K-1 kickboxing and MMA. Determined to climb the top of the food chain, Overeem set his sights on the UFC's heavyweight division.

However, after destroying and retiring Brock Lesnar in 2011 during his UFC debut, suspicions became reality when it was revealed the following April that Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test. He was scheduled to face then heavyweight champ, Junior Dos Santos.

Now a year later, the Nevada State Athletic Commission recently granted Overeem his license after months of vigorous drug testing. On Saturday's UFC 156 card, he is set to face another former Strikeforce turned UFC fighter, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. With a win, Overeem will put himself into position for a title shot.

After losing his debut fight in dominate fashion against current heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, "Bigfoot" got back on track with a stunning one punch KO of Greg Jackson pupil Travis Browne.

But make no mistake. Travis Browne is not Alistair Overeem.

As soon as he accepted the fight, Silva entered a world of danger. Overeem is the most decorated striker in the heavyweight division. His knees are have become legendary. He hands are anvils. His top game is devastating. So the question is, what can Silva do?

Silva is perhaps the biggest underdog amongst all the fighters that are in action on Saturday's card but he can not be taken lightly.  Although he is smaller, Silva's size works as his best advantage when he is on top. In that area he has some of the most ferocious ground and pound in the division.  "Bigfoot" will need to survive the oncoming storm of the first round and take the fight to the ground in order to be successful.  

Silva has been hurt in his two fights prior to the Browne victory and I fully expect Overeem to find his chin.  Whether it's punches or knees, look for Overeem to be victorious on Saturday via complete  destruction.

I can see it now.

"Overeem Vs. Velasquez".

Can you?

Zachary Hutton is the lead boxing writer and an MMA contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can see what he's up to at his band's website myunclethewolf.com or also subscribe at Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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