MANILA – Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem claims he will have the upper hand over Brazilian heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva when they trade strikes in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 156 this weekend.
Overeem described Silva as a sluggish fighter who will serve as an ideal target for his strikes.
“See how he moves. He's big, he's slow, he's sluggish,” Overeem, a multi-titled kickboxer, said in UFC.com.
“I have more combination, more power, more speed. He's a huge, walking target and I'm pretty good at striking, so one plus one equals two.”
Overeem added that he’s not affected by Silva’s performance-enhancing drug (PED) claims.
Silva earlier said that the Dutch behemoth lost his credibility after he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.
“He lost credibility among the athletes that we compete with. Pretty much all the MMA athletes, you know,” said the Brazilian.
“I'm not even listening to what he says,” retorted Overeem. “I'm just looking at this fight… I have more knockout wins, more submission wins, I'm better in all aspects.”
UFC 156 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.
It 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.