On December 30, Brock Lesnar returns to the octagon and Alistair Overeem enters the octagon. The best part? They’ll be doing so against each other. The heavyweight showdown is scheduled to be five-rounds and the winner will challenge the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title in 2012. This news caps off a big week for the heavyweight division that started last week with UFC announcing that Velasquez vs. Dos Santos would headline the first ever UFC on FOX event in November.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Lesnar has been sidelined since October 2010 after going through another battle with diverticulitis. He last competed at UFC 121, losing his heavyweight strap to current champion Velasquez by first round TKO. Prior to the loss, Lesnar had won four straight fights with wins over Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin. A former NCAA national wrestling champion, Lesnar has had no easy fights in the UFC and that trend continues in December when he meets Overeem.
Following his release from Strikeforce, Overeem entered in negotiations with UFC and has struck a deal with the company. The only Strikeforce heavyweight champion in company history, Overeem hasn’t lost in 11 fights. In his most recent bout, the K-1 striking champion defeated submission expert Fabricio Werdum by decision, in one of the oddest fights in MMA history. Prior to that, “The Demolition Man” knocked out Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers. In 35 career victories, Overeem has only been to a decision twice.
The December 30 event, which takes places on a Friday night instead of the usual Saturday, will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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