Former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem has dealt with adversity for much of his career. He has heard all the calls of cheating, steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

For Overeem, it is just part of being in the fight game.

Now, with his drug testing over for the most part, Overeem can focus on his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141 on December 30. The winner receives a title shot in 2012 against current UFC title-holder Junior dos Santos.

“I have been training for the last four months,” said Overeem, in a recent interview with Inside MMA. “I put the work in. My conditioning is excellent and I would say I am in the best shape of my life.”

“The Reem” always expected to compete in the UFC, but he didn’t believe the opportunity would come so soon, saying, “It’s been a long time coming (fighting in the UFC), but I did always see myself at one time fighting (here).”

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MMATraining Take: Overeem says he is in the best shape of his life, but I don’t know if that shape will help against a trained wrestler like Lesnar. If Overeem can keep Lesnar at bay with his striking, he might have a chance to rattle the former UFC champion and get inside his head.