Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem is without a doubt one of the most decorated fighters currently competing in MMA. The 31-year-old can currently lay claim to the Strikeforce heavyweight title, as well as the Dream interim heavyweight title and is also the most recent winner of the K-1 World Grand Prix. Rather than stick around to defend those titles, The Reem signed with the UFC, in search of the one piece of championship gold left that matters.
For his first fight with the promotion, Overeem will square off against former UFC champ Brock Lesnar in a battle of giants. The winner is to be granted a shot at the victor of tomorrow night’s landmark fight between current champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos, meaning that Lesnar is standing directly between Overeem and his path to a UFC title. A recent transplant from Golden Glory to Xtreme Couture, Overeem sees this phase of his career as the culmination of all of his time spent fighting, and his next fight as the biggest of his life.
“This fight is going to be the most important fight of my career,” Overeem says. “I have one important mission left in my career and that is to get the UFC gold around my waist. The winner of this fight gets a title shot, so beating Brock brings me one step closer to having the UFC belt. Our fight on Dec. 30 will be bigger than Godzilla versus King Kong!”
Overeem and Lesnar meet in the main event of UFC 141, which goes down on Friday, December 30, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s early, but who do you see taking Lesnar vs. Overeem? Which man would you rather see fight for the title next? Sound off in our comments section below.