Golden Glory co-owner Bas Boon didn’t pull any punches in hyping the UFC 141 showdown between his fighter, Alistair Overeem, and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
The fight, which was signed on Tuesday after Overeem agreed to a contract with the UFC, will be held December 30, live on pay-per-view, from Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Alistair Overeem against Brock Lesnar will be fireworks and it will be the best PPV fight in the history of the UFC,” Boon predicted.
Overeem, and several members of Golden Glory, were released from their contracts by Zuffa last month after a falling out over how money was exchanged between the organization, the fighters and their management. But, eventually, Golden Glory and Zuffa officials were able to come to an agreement and work out a new partnership.
“It took patience and negotiating in good faith. I must admit that it we more smoothly than I expected,” Boon said. “We at Golden Glory are excited and Alistair Overeem has finally got his chance to become the UFC champion.”
Overeem, who has been dealing with a few minor injuries, is planning on training in the U.S.
“We are opening a Golden Glory camp in California,” Boon said. “Alistair will be training with all the guys from Team Golden Glory with potentially flying in some heavyweight wrestlers for our camp, as well. We can set up a camp anywhere in the world. Holland, Thailand, or the U.S. We will discuss this with the team as soon as he comes back to Holland.”
The winner of Overeem-Lesnar, which will be a five-round fight, will be the new No. 1 contender to the heavyweight title. Current champ, Cain Velasquez, meets Junior dos Santos November 12 at the first UFC on FOX 1 television show.