Former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem knows he will be taking on one of the biggest and toughest man of his fight career on Friday night when he steps inside the Octagon for the first time against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.
However, Overeem, who has also won titles in DREAM and K-1, doesn’t seem all that concerned with the ex-UFC heavyweight title-holder and NCAA Division 1 wrestling king. Instead, Overeem, is only worrying about what he can control – himself.
In 11 career fights in the month of December, “The Reem” sports an impressive 10-1 mark, including all five MMA wins he has took part in. While baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is “Mr. October”, Overeem could hold the title of “Mr. December” when it comes to combat sports. The powerful Dutchman has come away with wins on New Year’s Eve weekend in 2009 and 2010, both by way of opening round knockout.
“You want to end the year good. I’ve had a lot of fights at year’s end, and I’m used to it,” said Overeem, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I’m actually looking forward to the fight. It might sound crazy to some people, but I’m looking forward to the fight itself, the attention, the knockout that I’m gonna make, and it’s gonna be great. I worked hard for this moment for the last four months. I’ve been dedicated, and December 30 is gonna come up and I’m looking forward to that.”
Overeem has never competed inside the UFC’s famed Octagon, while Lesnar has been out of action since late last year when he was defeated by Cain Velasquez for the UFC title. UFC 141, which returns to the familiar start time of 10:00 PM EST, takes place from Las Vegas, Nevada and features a co-main event of Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz.
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