Alistair Overeem has been in this game for a long time and he knows that he’s got a fight on his hands. He’ll be facing former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar next Friday in the main event of UFC 141 for an opportunity to take on current champion Junior dos Santos and he’s keeping his focus on his opponent despite the whirlwind of distractions that has surrounded him over the past weeks.
Just because he isn’t looking past Lesnar doesn’t mean he isn’t sizing up dos Santos, however, as on today’s media conference call The Reem assessed how he thinks he matches up against the champion.
“It’s a great opportunity to fight for the title after this,” said Overeem, before adding, “You shouldn’t overlook your opponent. If I do dwell on the prospect a little bit, I think style-wise, dos Santos and me is going to be an excellent fight, striker vs. striker. I think with my experience, I should have the upper hand. I have to say he’s very dangerous with his hands. He’s got a knockout in both hands. He’s clever. He’s fast. But I’m looking forward to fighting him after Brock.”
After all, it’s hard for Overeem to keep his mind off of attaining the one belt he feels is missing from his impressive hoard of championship titles.
“UFC is the biggest promotion out there today – biggest by far,” Overeem said. “I mean, they have the most stacked heavyweight division. The UFC title is the thing that’s missing out of my collection. I’ve cleaned up everything outside of the UFC. I went to K-1 and got the K-1 title, which I think was a historic achievement and which I’m very proud of. The UFC title, that’s the only thing that’s there to achieve.”
UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem goes down next Friday, December 30, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.