Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem has signed on with Zuffa and will face the returning, former UFC Heavyweight Champ Brock Lesnar in a five-round main event that’s been booked for the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 30, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Lesnar vs. Overeem” is expected to be the headline match for UFC 141, which will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on the Friday night of New Year’s Eve weekend.
Lesnar’s jiu-jitsu coach, Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros, tells Tatame.com that Overeem is “crazy” for making his UFC debut:
“I think it’ll be good for Brock. Overeem is a guy who has heavy hands, he’ll try to keep the fight up, but when he goes to the ground he has a good foundation. It’ll be an exciting fight, between two big guys, what brings much appeal to the fans. Overeem must be crazy to debut in UFC, because he lost the opportunity to fight in Strikeforce’s GP, but he still is the champion of the event. Brock will be tested once again with a great opponent, who’s the current holder of the belt of one of the biggest organizations in the world. If you stop to look at it, Brock, besides Heath Herring and the Korean (Min Soo Kim), has only fought champion, former champions and Velasquez, who became a champion after defeating him.”
Lesnar (5-2) will be coming off a first round drubbing at the hands of new division champ Cain Velasquez, who beat the former WWE star at UFC 121 last October.
That was Lesnar’s first loss since losing to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 in February 2008.
Overeem (35-11) is considered one of the premiere strikers in all of MMA. He’s a consensus top-ten-ranked fighter who could pose problems for any UFC fighter.
- Brock Lesnar Vs. Alistair Overeem At MGM Grand [Dec. 30] (inquisitr.com)
- Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: A Complete Head-to-Toe Breakdown (bleacherreport.com)
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