Chalk it up to the fact that he’s a seasoned veteran, but Alistair Overeem has been the picture of a professional leading up to his fight with Brock Lesnar.
Going into what is arguably the biggest fight of his career, Overeem had parted ways with his longtime trainers at Golden Glory, had been hounded by the NSAC over drug testing and had been forced to uproot his training camp from the US to Holland to tend to his ailing mother. All of this and Overeem has managed to maintain nothing short of a tranquil demeanor.
“Emotionally – there’s not really any emotion,” said the hulking Dutchman. “All I can say is I’m trained, I feel good, my shape is there, my conditioning is there and I’m really excited to face Mr. Lesnar this Friday.”
The same experience that grants him grace under pressure is the same thing that has him cast as the betting favorite over Lesnar, something that Overeem understands and agrees with.
“Of course, I’ve been cleaning house over seas. I have a lot of experience,” he said when asked his opinion of the betting lines. “This fight is going to be my sixty-ninth fight. I’ve been fighting for the last fourteen years. When I was nineteen I had the amount of fights that Brock has now. So, I understand a little bit.”
And don’t mistake his calmness for weakness either, as Overeem assures he’ll be coming in hunting for an early finish over the former UFC heavyweight champion.
“If I look at the fight analytically – the type of fighter that I am, the type of fighter that Brock is – we’re not the guys that want it to go to the second round,” said Overeem. “Judging him from his character and his previous fights, he’s going to come in for the kill and so am I.”
Overeem and Lesnar will meet in the cage tomorrow night (yes, that’s a Friday) for the main event of UFC 141, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.