Just as he predicted, Alistair Overeem dismantled former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar within the very first round of their UFC 141 main event battle, bringing his opponent to his knees with a vicious body assault and finishing him off with a brutal sequence of right hands.
The first-round TKO win earned Overeem a shot at current champion Junior dos Santos’ belt, likely to come sometime before the second half of 2012. Present at the fight last night, JDS spoke with USA Today after the dust had settled, offering his thoughts on facing Overeem in his first title defense.
“It’s going to be really, really good for the fans,” dos Santos said. “Because he’s a striker (and) I’m a striker, it’s going to be a stand-up battle.”
Though both men are strikers first, dos Santos relies heavily on a boxing-centric style, while Overeem employs more of a Dutch kickboxing approach. Both men use their respective approaches to great effect, but dos Santos believes in his over the Dutchman’s.
“He’s pretty good at using his kicks, his knees, his punches,” he said. “But I believe so much in my boxing.”
Dos Santos is currently on the sidelines addressing a torn meniscus. He most recently appeared in action early this past November, taking the belt from Cain Velasquez with a first-round TKO.