K-1/Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem has a tremendous amount of admiration for Brock Lesnar, a former UFC title-holder who he’ll face on December 30 in headlining action at UFC 141. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll do anything other than attempt to destroy Lesnar when they lock horns inside the Octagon.
Overeem recently wrote about Lesnar, as well as joining the UFC, in his blog for Yahoo Sports where he explained what his ultimate source of motivation is at the moment and why he’ll enter the bout with supreme confidence.
“Winning the UFC heavyweight title, and defending it for years to come, is the biggest goal in my life right now,” Overeem explained. “And it is not something anyone can accomplish without giving 100 percent dedication to the task, which is why when I signed with the UFC a couple of months ago, I agreed to compete solely in the UFC.
“I enjoyed the challenge of fighting in K-1 kickboxing and for different MMA organizations, and am proud of what I accomplished in my career. I achieved the ultimate in K-1 – I won the K-1 Grand Prix last year – and I will always be very proud of that,” the powerful Dutchman continued. “But I feel I achieved what I set out to in that sport. It is time to move on and win the biggest and most important title in all of combat sports and martial arts: the UFC belt.”
“The Demolition Man” went on to discuss why he holds Lesnar in such high regard, appreciating his character as much as his in-ring abilities.
“Winning UFC belt from Randy Couture in his fourth pro MMA fight and defending it against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin was very impressive,” Overeem began on the topic. “I am also impressed by Lesnar’s fighting spirit; he has twice come back from a very serious illness and fought very tough opposition right away. He obviously has a lot of confidence in himself in fighting me after more than a year out and surgery on his stomach, and I admire that about him, but I am even more confident in myself. I will knock this guy out.”
While the 35-11 Overeem, currently on a ten-fight winning streak, has stated he expects to separate Lesnar from consciousness New Year’s Eve Weekend, the 31-year old decided to take it a step further this time around, making his intentions crystal clear.
“He is great at takedowns and controlling people on the ground, but he I can stop his takedowns and he is no match for me on the feet. I am going to rip Brock Lesnar apart, piece by piece.”
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MMATraining Take: Whether or not Overeem can stuff Lesnar’s takedowns remain to be seen. However, given that he’s moved over to Xtreme Couture, he should absolutely benefit from the wrestling knowledge at the renowned camp and without question if things stay standing then Lesnar is going to sleep.