Brock Lesnar Versus Alistair Overeem Should Be Most Watched Fight in UFC History
Two of the largest men to ever compete in mixed martial arts will meet in the center of the Octagon on Dec. 30 as former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem battle it out in Las Vegas, NV.
And while the sheer size of the two athletes will be a spectacle, the public draw and media attention of the two high profile fighters should turn the bout into the one of the most publicized fights in UFC and MMA history.
Lesnar will have more than a year off before facing the Dutchman as he last faced Cain Velasquez in Oct. 2010, a title-bout which he lost and surrendered the title to his opponent. Lesnar then stepped in as a coach on the hit reality television series “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite current heavyweight title contender Junior dos Santos. The two were set to fight at the end of the season however Lesnar had to pull out due to a flare up from an intestinal condition he has been suffering from called diverticulitis.
Overeem was recently released from his contract with Strikeforce after pulling out of the organization’s heavyweight grand-prix tournament due to an injury. Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in the first round of the tournament and a replacement has filled in for the injured “Reem”. The Demolition Man has not lost an MMA bout since 2007, and has also been crowned the 2010 K-1 world grand-prix champion.
At 6’5 and roughly 260 pounds, Overeem matches up fairly well in size against the 6’3 and 265 pound Lesnar.
In the match with Werdum, Overeem’s size and strength proved to be the deciding factor in his victory. When facing Lesnar, Overeem might not maintain that advantage. Lesnar has superior wrestling skills between the two, however, it is the experienced K-1 striker that hones the better stand up technique.
This superfight between gigantic heavyweights and former champions was announced by the UFC yesterday via Facebook. No other details to the card have been announced, yet the calendar date of Dec. 30 leads many to believe this fight may be aired on Fox as it lands on a Friday and not the typical Saturday night pay-per-view special the organization usually promotes.
The UFC signed what is arguably one of the company’s biggest steps towards going mainstream last month as they announced a seven-year deal with FOX which will include four fights a year on broadcast television in prime time and will pay the U.F.C. at least $100 million annually.
One major detail about the fight was announced however and that is that this non-title bout will be scheduled for five rounds although it is doubtful it will go that far. The UFC will start scheduling major non-title fight main events as five rounds fights rather than the traditional three rounds this coming autumn.
This battle of Goliath vs. Goliath will mark Overeem’s first fight in the UFC and should bring in some of the highest television ratings the organization has ever seen. Whenever Lesnar is on the card the figures are relatively high. Throw in an opponent the same size or maybe even larger and you have a fight fan’s dream come true.