Antonio Silva has scored a massive upset, defeating Alistair Overeem by way of knockout in the third round at UFC 156 Saturday in Las Vegas.
Alistair Overeem was able to control the fight throughout the first two rounds, but wasn't able to do anything of note to put Silva in trouble.
After dropping the first two rounds, Silva broke through Overeem's defense with a head kick that set up a flurry of punches that forced a referee stoppage and left Overeem stunned.
It had been over a year since Overeem stepped into the Octagon after serving a suspension for failing a drug test.
Despite that long layoff, many believed Overeem had the clear upper hand when it came to him and Silva. Overeem was thought to be the better striker and submission artist, and thus would make quick work of Bigfoot.
His UFC debut was in December 2011, which was his most recent fight with the company. He registered a first-round TKO of Brock Lesnar.
The loss to Silva hurts a lot of the momentum Overeem had built up from that win over Lesnar. He now runs his overall MMA record to 36-12 (1-1 in UFC).
Silva had a solid record coming into the fight, which improves to 18-4 (2-1 in UFC).
Prior to Saturday night, though, he had lost two of his last three fights. That kind of run was part of the reason many saw him as the big underdog. Silva has shown flashes of being a great fighter, but those have only been few and far between.
In too many fights, Silva had looked like a much more pedestrian fighter. He had a chance to stake his place in the heavyweight picture against Velasquez at UFC 146 but suffered a TKO in the first round. It's a loss that had haunted him until Saturday night. Now, Silva can clearly put that defeat behind him.
A win over Silva would have set Overeem up with a heavyweight title shot against Cain Velasquez.That's out of the picture now.
With the performance Saturday night by Silva, he has illustrated exactly what he can do in the Octagon and set himself up for a possible rematch with Velasquez at some point down the road.