Alistair Overeem has to get by Brock Lesnar before he can worry about competing for the UFC heavyweight title.
While Overeem and Lesnar are set to square off December 30 at UFC 141, current champion Cain Velasquez will meet No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1 in November.
As far as Overeem, the former Strikeforce and K-1 champion, believes, that fight is a toss-up.
“That can go either way,” Overeem said. “It’s a very good match up. You have two elite MMA guys. They’re well-rounded; they’ve got good ground and good stand-up. I think the game plan (and the) strategic part will be a big factor in who brings home the belt that night.
“I’m not going to make any prediction. I think it’s a 50-50 draw. Whoever has the better game plan will be the deciding factor.”
Overeem (35-11) wasn’t as unsure of a winner when talking about Lesnar (5-2), a former UFC champion himself, saying he’ll “destroy” him.
The move to the UFC, the premier MMA organization in the world, will only help boost Overeem’s stock.
“I know that the UFC has a great marketing machine, but already I’m recognized on the streets,” Overeem said. “It’s probably going to be more now, but I’m OK with that.”