So it’s on. Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem are going to fight December 30th in Las Vegas. Overeem just signed a UFC contract with Lorenzo Fertita. Here, some evidence, because it is too good to be true.
I’m pretty excited. Watching Overeem is always a blast because his knees cut through steel. Watching Brock Lesnar is fun too because it’s not often you see a 265 pound man move at child-like speeds.
This is precisely what I was hoping for when Zuffa acquired Strikeforce: exciting match-ups that paired big names from both organizations. I supposed it started when Nick Diaz jumped ship so he could face GSP. Now it’s Overeem against Brock Lesnar. I really hope we’re going down the right path. Perhaps it won’t be long until we see Shinya Aoki vs. BJ Penn.
Now I know it’s still kinda early but I genuinely hope Overeem beats Lesnar. It’s more interesting if a striker with good grappling antics takes on Cain Velasquez (assuming he remains champion). As entertaining as it was watching Lesnar get punched into specks at UFC 121, I don’t want to watch a Velasquez-Lesnar rematch. It’s just too predictable.
An Overeem beatdown of Lesnar, while still a repeat of history, is refreshing. I’m really itching to see Overeem test his flying knees on Lesnar. He’s a killer with those bumps.
Granted Overeem can strike, but can Lesnar take hiim down? I don’t know. Maybe.
But that’s all to come. I’ll talk about the Lesnar vs. Overeem match-up sometime in December.
In the meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that the winner of this fight gets the winner of Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez, i.e. title shot.
Dana White on the matter:
“Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want,” Fertitta said. “Obviously, Alistair’s one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that ‘it’ factor — the tremendous look, he’s huge. It’s a star factor.”
Overeem is pretty giddy about it too.
“I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I’m a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course.”