International heavyweight superstar Alistair Overeem has been making a particular threat for months, but he finally said it straight to Antonio Silva's face.
During photography and media scrums for Saturday's upcoming UFC 156 card, "The Reem" went nose-to-nose while in the midst of a heated trash-talking session with his rival, forcing Dana White to step in and separate the two.
According to Bloody Elbow, both men exchanged the following words:
Silva: "You better start respecting me."
Overeem: "I'm going to f***ing destroy you."
There's clearly no love lost between either fighter, despite the fact that both of them were once (temporarily) part of the same fight camp.
As Overeem previously told the Las Vegas Sun, according to Case Keefer, he thought that Silva was being "stupid" for leaving the Blackzilians' training camp in Florida, which is co-founded and headed by Rashad Evans.
Although "Bigfoot" had been with the group well before Overeem joined the team's ranks last February, the presence of "The Demolition Man" was apparently disturbing enough for Silva to leave Florida altogether.
(Silva has been previously linked to American Top Team and Black House MMA.)
Now, both men will get a rare chance to settle their rivalry once and for all, although they'll face off once more time at the UFC 156 weigh-ins on Friday.
Even though the match is billed as the No. 3 fight on the heavily stacked card, Overeem is expected to receive a title shot if he walks away with a victory. That same can't be said for Silva, who is just a single fight removed from a gruesomely one-sided TKO loss to Cain Velasquez, the current (two-time) UFC Heavyweight Champion.