"I really do not care [accusations of steroids use]. I train a lot and I'm ready for him. The fight is what matters to me. I am eager to show my fans that I will destroy [Antonio] Silva. He's a big guy, strong, has good wrestling, good jiu-jitsu, good standup game. If you look at his resume it is okay, nothing special. I'll be ready for any kind of fight." - Alistair Overeem via Sportv
Overeem is fresh off of a nine-month suspension after testing positive for a high testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.
A normal level is between 1:1 and 6:1, while Overeem's sample came back with a 14:1 ratio according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission who conducted the test.
At a hearing, Overeem admitted his doctor recently injected him, without his knowledge, with a medicine containing steroids to help heal a nagging injury.
His opponent, Silva, has been openly critical of Overeem in the media for his positive test, and has stated that the former champion was created in a lab.
UFC 156 is scheduled for Feb. 2 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the bout could potentially become the number one contender in the heavyweight division according to UFC president Dana White.