Brock Lesnar to fight against Alistair Overeem in December – MMA Preview: UFC 141
AT UFC 141 (Ultimate Fighting Championship) scheduled for December 30, 2011, Brock Lesnar will fight against Alistair Overeem. The match holds significance for the two fighters as the winner of this match will meet the UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos.
The 34-year old Lesnar began his UFC career in 2008 when he faced Frank Mir at the UFC event called Breaking Point. Mir won the match by a submission move, but Lesnar gave a few punches to make an impactful entry into the mixed martial arts division.
Both Lesnar and Overeem would be motivated to win their match for the chance to fight against the champion for the UFC heavyweight title. The players will not miss this opportunity at any cost, as they are in the hunt to capture the heavyweight title one more time and add another victory under their belt.
If Lesnar wins, he would face Junior Dos Santos, who defeated Cain Velasquez within two minutes to claim his debut title win the UFC heavyweight division. Both Lesnar and Overeem would have to watch out the style with which Santos uses in his fights.
For the time being, the two contenders would be looking forward to gain an edge in their match in December 2011. Looking at their UFC careers at a glance, Lesnar has won 71% of his fights while Overeem has won 70% of his fights.
Both fighters are balanced when it comes to winning their matches. But the difference lies in the way they fight on the mat.
Lesnar could become a dominating opponent as he has a 77% striking accuracy in UFC career. Overeem, on the other hand, would have to work hard in controlling Lesnar, as he only has a 55% striking accuracy.
If the former UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar, is better in terms of striking accuracy, he may have to be watchful against Overeem’s takedown ability. The 31-year old Overeem has a 75% takedown ratio in his career as compared to Lesnar’s 60% ratio.
Lesnar can counter Overeem’s takedown ability for he weighs more than Overeem. The former WWE (World Wrestling Federation) champion weighs at 265 lbs (pounds) while Overeem is 220 lbs in weight.
Talking about the win/loss ratio of the two competitors, Lesnar has won four matches and lost two. On the other hand, Overeem has won sixteen fights and lost seven.
The former UFC champion, Lesnar, would be willing to improve his win/loss ratio and to overpower Overeem. Lesnar would also have a slight advantage over the reach of 79 inch that Overeem has as compared to the 81% reach which Lesnar posses.
Lesnar would be eyeing a win against Overeem to fight for the title against Junior Dos Santos and regain his heavyweight title that he lost to Cain Velasquez in October 2010.
Overeem, on the other hand, has never won a UFC heavyweight title, He would be hopeful to beat Lesnar in going against Santos for the gold.