Following months of speculation about his future, it was announced today that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be returning to action in late December to square off against former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach, Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros, spoke with Tatame.com after the fight was announced and broke down (through somewhat dubious translation) the bout, assessing what he believes Overeem brings to the table.
“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,” Medeiros said. “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.”
The two are scheduled to meet at UFC 141 in a five-round, non-title fight, which is expected to take place on December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.