Brock Lesnar will make his return to the Octagon this Friday night. And, as fans are fully aware of, the former UFC heavyweight champion isn’t taking on some random, unknown fighter.
Rather, Lesnar is set to tangle with former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. The card, starting at 10:00 PM EST on pay-per-view, also features Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone.
For Lesnar, fighting again is a highlight in itself, as the former WWE superstar went through a second bout of diverticulitis after dropping the UFC title to Cain Velasquez last year. Now, feeling like he has a new lease on life, Lesnar is ready to get back on track.
“I’m not here to impress anybody or to make any friends,” said Lesnar, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I’m just here to fight and make a living and I want my UFC title back, and that’s it. I’ve got one speed, and that’s wide open. Everything I do is wide open. I’ll deal with the consequences after the fact.”
Lesnar, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, says he has no idea what kind of accolades Overeem brings to the fight, adding that he’s “just another guy, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m here to fight and I’m here to get my title back. Whoever they want to put in front of me, I don’t care.”
The winner of Lesnar-Overeem will become the #1 contender to current UFC heavyweight title-holder Junior dos Santos, landing themselves a title shot in 2012. Dos Santos is currently rehabbing a knee injury suffered before he defeated Velasquez for the title.
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MMATraining Take: The time away from the Octagon could hinder Lesnar, but Overeem has been away from fighting as well, working out a deal with the UFC. If Lesnar can avoid any power blows in punches from “The Reem,” his wrestling should allow him to control the bout.