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Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem confirmed for December 30

On December 30, Brock Lesnar returns to the octagon and Alistair Overeem enters the octagon. The best part? They’ll be doing so against each other. The heavyweight showdown is scheduled to be five-rounds and the winner will challenge the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title in 2012. This news caps off a big week for the heavyweight division that started last week with UFC announcing that Velasquez vs. Dos Santos would headline the first ever UFC on FOX event in November.

The bout was first reported by the LATimes and quickly confirmed by Dana White on twitter.

A former UFC heavyweight champion, Lesnar has been sidelined since October 2010 after going through another battle with diverticulitis. He last competed at UFC 121, losing his heavyweight strap to current champion Velasquez by first round TKO. Prior to the loss, Lesnar had won four straight fights with wins over Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin. A former NCAA national wrestling champion, Lesnar has had no easy fights in the UFC and that trend continues in December when he meets Overeem.

Following his release from Strikeforce, Overeem entered in negotiations with UFC and has struck a deal with the company. The only Strikeforce heavyweight champion in company history, Overeem hasn’t lost in 11 fights. In his most recent bout, the K-1 striking champion defeated submission expert Fabricio Werdum by decision, in one of the oddest fights in MMA history. Prior to that, “The Demolition Man” knocked out Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers. In 35 career victories, Overeem has only been to a decision twice.

The December 30 event, which takes places on a Friday night instead of the usual Saturday, will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

*PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN/STRIKEFORCE*

21 COMMENTS
  • qat says:

    Holy shit!
    I hoped AO would come to the UFC, but i really didnt expected that.. Lesnar for sure is fearless, picking Dos Santos and now Overeem for a fight.
    Im rooting for AO nonetheless, this is gonna be epic.

  • Creature says:

    This is one of those matchups that no matter how you look at it, its gonna be hell to call.. it could go either way, Lesnar cant really take a punch, and Reem is a monster standup guy, hits very hard, technical, and is huge and has decent TD defense and has good subs, horrible cardio, if lesnar can survive a 1st round onslaught i think he takes the fight by 3rd round sub or GNP tko.

    Regardless this is a hell of a matchup

  • Niv says:

    Great matchup, I expect Overeem to come out hard and hammer Lesnar. If Lesnar gets caught he’s turtling and it’s over.

    That should set up a fantastic fight bewteen the winner of Velasquez and JDS.

  • Frankmur says:

    Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem? December 30!! OH SHIT!!! Should be fun to watch!

  • Guthookd says:

    What a great fight!! But what a shitty match up for Reem.

    I think AO has one shot, and that is a knee early on in the first round. Other than that, he is straight up toast.

    I pick Brock in round 1 via GnP TKO.

  • Guthookd says:

    Provided Brock is close to 100% and near his normal size, that is. A smaller, out of shape version of Brock might get caught, even by a guy as slow (yes, I said it) as Reem.

  • adamsfamily says:

    genius marketing by Zuffa. Heavyweight championship free on FOX to introduce and whet the appetite of millions of potential new fans, then hit them with their first pay per view with household name lesnar and the statuesque overeem to set up a possible bigger heavyweight fight next year.

    and keeps all us old guys interested too

    the clever bastards

  • Niv says:

    I see Overeem blasting Lesnar, Lesnar uses patended fetal position defense, AO winner by tko!

    Either way looking forward to this, the HW division is going to get a lot of questions answered soon.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Meh. The fight between Overeem and Werdum was boring as hell, and Overeem did not impress. Lesnar’s cardio has been questionable in the past, including his loss to Cain. If they both show up in good shape and ready to fight, it could be a good fight. But that’s a big if. Furthermore, given the history of injuries, illnesses, cancellations etc. for both fighters, I won’t believe it until they’re actually in the Octagon touching gloves. If the fight happens, Overeem will catch Lesnar with a few big shots in the first round and it’ll be over by ko or tko. Lesnar doesn’t have the chin or the hands to strike with Overeem, and Overeem’s takedown defense has improved. His ground game still stinks, but he can keep it on the feet long enough to finish Lesnar.

  • Niv says:

    I’m not sure why people think Overeem’s ground game stinks? He has 19 submission victories under his belt and is a very good BJJ practitioner to go with his off the charts striking.

    I agree that the Werdum was lackluster, but how much stock can you put into a fight where one guys strategy was simply fall to your back and beg the other guy to come down to you? Even as good as AO’s BJJ is, it doesn’t compare to the level Werdum’s is at, and it made for a tentative crappy fight.

    I’d be surprised if we see a fight like that here, Lesnar at least comes forward and engages aggressivley. This of course is his down fall but no fight is ever guaranteed to go the way you think it will either.

  • MCM says:

    I don’t know why everyone thinks AO’s MMA striking is so good. He got picked apart on the feet by the only top 10 fighter he’s faced in 5 years… and that guy kept begging for him to fall into his guard.
    I think this will be a fun fight, and if AO wins I can see why he would get a title shot.
    But Brock should have to win at least twice before he gets put back in the picture. How the kcuf can Dana say that Fitch had his shot and doesn’t deserve another after going undefeated for the past couple years in the UFC, while giving Brock and one and done shot at the belt?

  • Guthookd says:

    “How the kcuf can Dana say that Fitch had his shot and doesn’t deserve another after going undefeated for the past couple years in the UFC, while giving Brock and one and done shot at the belt?”
    -MCM

    Money.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    U cant put fitch on a main event title shot against a popular opponent because it would be boring

  • sides666 says:

    The winner of this fight should have to fight the winner of the strikeforce heavyweight tournament before getting a shot at the strap although that would create to long if a layoff for the champ

  • Rece Rock says:

    Healthy Brock beats Overeem… I think Brock will fight cautious knowing he can outlast the reem in the cardio department, but once AO is exhausted from brock putting that weight on him against the cage and on the ground its only a matter of time… hope reem realizes he aint throwin brock around like he threw rogers

  • elsicilian says:

    “How the kcuf can Dana say that Fitch had his shot and doesn’t deserve another after going undefeated for the past couple years in the UFC, while giving Brock and one and done shot at the belt?” – MCM

    As Guthookd and THEGUNNER have already noted, Lesnar is an incredibly exciting performer … he puts asses in seats like nobody else, and he’s easily the biggest star in MMA. Conversely Jon Fitch – for all his success in the win column – is the most unequivocally boring high-level fighter the UFC has ever produced. I would pay to NOT watch a Jon Fitch fight.

    You (MCM) can debate the fairness of it (or you can even argue that you personally enjoy the subtle nuances of Fitch’s incredibly effective eke-it-out-and-win-by-attrition style, and that I am an ignorant noob for not loving every endless minute of it), but you have been around long enough to realize that’s the broadly acknowledged reality of the situation.

  • Batman says:

    This is a dream match for me in a way just because i am a wrestling fan. I think Overeem will kill brock but it should be fun.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i seem to remember everyone saying fuck alistair overeem when Zuffa shit on GG a wee while ago. That he should stick to fighting cans in japan was the general concensus. I guess now he’s in the UFC he’s the number two in the world then?
    fickle….

  • Cool. We’ll see if Overeem really is as good as people make him out to be. I wonder if once he realizes he’s not fighting a Todd Duffee or a Brett Rogers when Brock grabs ahold of him, how quick he’ll give up and just accept his beating.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    A o couldnt beat chuck lidell back in the day due to his glass chin. If brock lands his right and sleeps a o after taking a beating like chuck did he deserves a title shot.

  • locoRover says:

    One thing about this fight which will undoubtedly be awesome to see… Staredown after weigh ins. The two most physically impressive heavyweights ever, this will more closely resemble a video game when they touch gloves. And the reality of the match up….

    Neither one of these guys have good chins. Overeem definitely has the better striking. No matter how good his td defense is, brock WILL take him down. Do we forget that brock also took down Cain, it was cains impressive scrambling after being taken down that was the difference.

    Once overeem hits the mat and feels bricks wt, we will see how he reacts. That will tell the story.

    I’ll go Brock via GNP stoppage

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