Scheduled for Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas, the last UFC card of the year features a title match between big guys Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar. The night of fights will also have a preliminary card available for Facebook viewers and another card available to watch on Spike TV. The main card remains pay per view and has been moved back to the 10 pm eastern time start in an attempt by the UFC to regain footing in a slipping pay per view market.
After fouteen months Lesnar is prepared to step back into the octagon, this time against his most formidable opponent yet. Touted as over 500 pounds of mma fury, the two heavyweights will meet in a UFC 141 showdown that will see the winner face the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos, for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
For Lesnar this means a chance to regain a title he has previously held and successfully defended in the past. A victory also adds to Lesnar’s status as the highest paid athlete in MMA, earning an approximate 5.3 million dollars in 2010.
For Alistair Overeem, a victory means a chance to own yet another Heavyweight title after only two fights in the UFC. He could add that to an impressive list of titles including 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Kickboxer, the 2005 Abu Dhabi Combat Club European Trials Champion, Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, Dream Heavyweight Championship and two-time World MMA awards International Fighter of the Year (2010, 2011)
What can we expect from the fight?
Lesnar has good wrestling skills and most likely will try to not get hit in the head too many times. His last fight, against Cain Velasquez, cost him his Heavyweight Championship belt. The fight did not end well for Lesnar who suffered a first round TKO after a barrage of punches from his opponent. He nearly suffered the same fate when fighting Shane Carwin at UFC 116 but pulled a miraculous comeback to win the fight, bloody and battered.
Overeem is taller (by two inches) and a little lighter than Lesnar possibly making him the former WWE superstars’ most physically intimidating opponent yet. Overeem has a very impressive list of credentials and is far from an MMA rookie coming into his first fight in the UFC. On top of all of this, his camp is out of Las Vegas, so he will surely have some fan support at the MGM Grand Garden Arena of Friday to match Lesnar’s popularity with the UFC fan base.
A pre-fight press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 28 at the MGM Grand Hotel, but don’t expect these two fighters to be answering alot of questions. Both men have been keeping their answers for the press curt and just want to answer all questions with their fight in the octagon on Friday.
Prediction: Overeem by knockout, round two.