MANILA, Philippines – Heavyweight fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva said his opponent Alistair Overeem has already lost credibility after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.
Overeem hasn’t fought in the UFC for over a year after being handed down a suspension for elevated testosterone levels.
The gigantic Dutchman returns against Silva this weekend in UFC 156, but Silva believes the damage on Overeem’s reputation has already been done.
“He lost credibility among the athletes that we compete with. Pretty much all the MMA athletes, you know,” Bigfoot said in a UFC promotional video.
With or without the help of added testosterone, Silva believes he’s still the better fighter compared to Overeem.
“For sure, standing up he's a complete fighter,” Silva said, referring to his opponent’s kickboxing credentials.
“But overall, standing up, wrestling and jujitsu, I'm a better fighter than Overeem,” he said.
Silva claims that what will lead to Overeem’s downfall is the Dutch’s tendency to underestimate his opponents.
The Brazilian fighter said he has made improvements in his craft and that his jiu-jitsu remains among the best in the heavyweight division.
“Going to ground wouldn't be smart especially with me, a blackbelt in jiu-jitsu,” said Silva.
“Overeem is underestimating me. I don't think he is, I'm sure he is. [And] I will prove that on February 2nd for sure.”
Silva will battle Overeem on the undercard of UFC 156 which headlines the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar featherweight title match.
UFC 156 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday and will be aired locally by Balls Channel on Sunday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m. Studio 23 will be airing a same day replay of UFC 156.