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Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar Booked for December 30th in Vegas

According to a new LA Times report, a heavyweight superfight between former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem has been booked to headline the UFC’s end-of-year show, December 30th in Las Vegas. The winner of the five-round feature will likely be the next in line to challenge for the UFC heavyweight title against the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos.

Overeem reportedly finalized his contract with the UFC earlier today. As he told the Times: ”Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup. Brock’s a big guy, an exciting wrestler with his takedowns. I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I’m a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course.”

Added Lorenzo Fertitta: “Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want. Obviously, Alistair’s one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that ‘it’ factor — the tremendous look, he’s huge. It’s a star factor.”

Overeem is coming off his decision win over Fabricio Werdum in June, while Lesnar has been inactive since his October 2010 TKO loss to Velasquez, due to the return of his diverticulitis.

The monster booking gives new perspective to Overeem’s recent Strikeforce “firing.” Was Zuffa angling to transfer him to their premier promotion all along? At any rate, he’s finally where he belongs, and we’re psyched to see what becomes of it. If you’ve got predictions for Lesnar vs. Overeem, let’s hear ‘em…

Update #1, via @arielhelwani: “According to @danawhite, the Overeem-Brock fight is on Friday because Saturday is New Year’s Eve.” Hmm, could this suggest a broadcast on FOX?

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blaphtome- September 7, 2011 at 11:34 am
Awesome, we can finally see this can crusher(Overeem) exposed. The obvious steroid muscle might impress some people, but last time I checked, his record is full of losses to any 205er with a name; barring I guess Belfort who was not very consistent in those days anyway. He doesn't have nearly the striking power of a Carwin, his grappling is shit next to any of the top 3-5 heavyweights in the UFC; yet the experts on here think he's gonna one punch Brock. Hell, he couldn't put Werdum away and he had 10x the opportunities he's gonna have off his back with Brock. The muscle hasn't made him any less awkward than he was at 205. Velasquez, was able to win because he was able to get off his back; Overeem will not. That said, I hope Vegas is as impressed by big scary looking black dudes as everyone on here; I will enjoy my winnings amongst crestfallen nutthuggers just that much more.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- September 7, 2011 at 10:26 am
This article got me hard....Brock TKO round 2
RearNakedSpoon- September 7, 2011 at 4:23 am
I hear betting on Brock will have an opening line of +infinity.
submission_via_nutsack_choke- September 7, 2011 at 12:11 am
Here's my two cents / euros / pounds

It's a tough fight for lesnar coming back after beating his terrible illness. I think he will be in outstanding shape and highly motivated. Most of you presume he will just take it to the ground and grind out a win straight away.I don't think he will. I think we will see the best stand up from lesnar yet. I know you all laugh but I'm serious. I think he will push up against the fence, do some dirty boxing, throw some knees and then go for a take down. I think lesnar can pull this off provided he is cautious withe overeems standby and rightfully so. Other thing that worries me is if lesnar shoots for a takedown but gets a knee for his troubles. I'll officially call it - lesnar wins via sub (same as carwin) in round 3.

(Either that or lesnar wins in round 1 with the "anderson silva front kick" )

Lets just enjoy seeing lesnar back in the ring and being healthy shall we.
RSparrow- September 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm
The winner of this fight gets a title shot, period. How can anyone argue that these 2 fighters don't belong with the other two? The winner is the TOP CONTENDER. As far as the UFC goes, these four are the cream of the crop at the time.
SnackDaddy- September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm
@ Rsparrow: No, Brock does not belong with Cain and Dos santos. That's pretty much clear by now. All Brock has is his size. His ability to stand and trade is quite poor. Overeem on the other hand's got that department covered. I'd still give the benefit of doubt to Cain and Dos Santos over Overeem though. They might be thirty odd pounds lighter but, they're more agile and have faster hands.
Todd M- September 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm
@ Drano, yeah this fight has freakshow value but nonetheless it is 2 top ten, possibly top 5 MMA heavyweights throwing down. It's a legit fight man, nothing like the spectacles that you mentioned, you really don't want to watch it?
SnackDaddy- September 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm
No way does this fight makes it past round one. Overeem by KO, via headkick, bitches.
Wirthy- September 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm
I think Brock has some ring rust and is gonna be hesitant after his last fight. Overeem is pretty much unstoppable at this point. wanted this fight to happen months ago.
dranokills- September 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm
wow the battle of the 2 roided freaks for the title of "who really gives a fuck?"
Really Dana? really? UFC is now gonna do freakshow fights? It hasn't been embarrassing enough to have a marble mouthed fatass has been boxer on your show? Or an internet thug on your TUF show?
really? fucking REALLY? Goddamn it is so hard to prop MMA as a legit sport doing this silly fucking shit.
ok ....fuck it, go hire Bautista and have him fight Hershel Walker.
Todd M- September 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm
I like Brock in this, and suprisingly I'll actually be rooting for him. I care not for Alistair and his Equine Enhanced Endurance, and plodding around the paddock like he did with Werdum will get him Wrastled and Mounted by Buckin' Brock. U know how hard it is to get a horse of it's back? Reem will have to get out of the gate early and run Brock off the track, because he won't be in the race at the final 800. This ain't Brock's first Rodeo, he's taken horse shoes out of asses before, and although he fell of the Horse last time round he's gunna get on this Stallion and ride it outta town Baby, Woooooo!!
djp1988- September 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm
@RwilsonR That's a really good point. My dad had diverticulitis and the doctors took 13 inches out of his stomach lining. He lost 40lbs. from the procedure alone, and was forced into retirement because of it. I know that Brock is an elite athlete, but my old man has trouble doing basic things anymore. That isn't a disease to fuck around with, I'm surprised Brock has even been able to fight.
RwilsonR- September 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm
If Brock never got his diverticulitis, I think he would have taken this easily. Problem is Brok isn't as big as he once was, he has no confidence anymore, and I have no idea if he will even be healthy for this. I wouldn't be surprised if Brock knows he isn't healing up right, took this fight for one last big payday, expects to lose and retire.
RSparrow- September 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm
Done arguing with a retard. Rest in Peace.
Evan Tanner- September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm
whats that shit mean? dont break your keyboard tuff guy, learn how to talk or stfu
edhedicus- September 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Saying that Brock doesn't have a chin is fucking retarded! He was cracked right on the button by Couture, smashed in the face by Carwin with the same punch that turned Gonzagas lights out (as well as everyone else he faced), and got up and smiled after a vicious beating by Cain. Never knocked out, ever. He simply doesn't have the skill set to deal with a a barage of punches. Bad thing is he is mid 30's, not mid 20's. We all know that Reem doesn't hit as hard as Carwin, and doesn't have the gas tank to rain the pain like Cain.
RSparrow- September 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm
doesn't* (Trade captcha for edit)
RSparrow- September 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm
I said that whoever thinks Brock or Reem doesnwit't belong with Cain or Dos Santos, is a fucking retard. Like you. Put your bong down, and change your screen name.
deadpope- September 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Overeem for the win after delivering a shin kick to Brock's abdomen. The UFC's first stoppage via poopage.
Evan Tanner- September 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm
you said Brock dont belong with Cain, where do you think he got the belt? thats like saying your a Cain fan but his belt dont mean shit. like I said your a dumbass
Evan Tanner- September 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm
I'm not Jesus but thanks
RSparrow- September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm
@Evan Tanner
"James Toney probably hits harder then anybody in the UFC and how long did it take for him to get exposed, Its not called who can hit harder, its called MMA"
Jesus Christ.
AussieJosh- September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm
Overeem will beat brock TKO round 2!
Lenser will leave MMA for good!
Overeem will never be UFC Champion!
But will be a good gate keeper for top 3 heavy weights to test there stand up skills.
You heard it here first!
djp1988- September 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm
God damnit. "Their".
djp1988- September 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm
"What if Michael Vick were white?" is the only thing that comes to mind seeing there pictures side by side.