The UFC is notorious for hosting spectacular New Year’s weekend bashes, and this annual will certainly be no different. According to the LATimes, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (Pictured) will welcome former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem to the Octagon on December 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup,” Overeem stated. “Brock’s a big guy, an exciting wrestler with his takedowns.
“I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I’m a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course.”
Overeem inked a contract to join the UFC on Tuesday morning.
The 265-pound scrap will serve as a top contender bout, with the victor advancing to meet the winner of the November 12th UFC on FOX title fight between UFC king Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
After coaching on “The Ultimate Fighter 13,” Lesnar was scheduled to headline UFC 131 opposite dos Santos this past June. Unfortunately for the controversial wrestler, his case of diverticulitis returned and he was forced to withdraw from the top contender contest at the 11th hour.
Last month, Lesnar released a video announcing his return to MMA after undergoing a life-changing operation.
Lesnar was last seen getting mauled by Velasquez for his heavyweight title at UFC 121 in October of 2010. He holds a 5-2 MMA record, but four of his scraps have been of the championship variety.
Overeem owns an impressive 35-11 (1 NC) resume and was last seen posting a unanimous decision victory over Fabricio Werdum in June. “The Demolition Man” was engaged in exclusive and separate 120-day negotiation and matching periods with Zuffa after he declined his Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals scrap against Antonio Silva, which happened to be the last bout on his Strikeforce contract.
Since Overeem shunned the contest, Zuffa executed clauses in the contract that allowed them to remove the final fight from his deal – in essence, making him a restricted free agent.
“This is the fight the fans want,” UFC president Dana White said. “Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”
The MGM Grand Garden Arena will host the extravaganza. The show takes place on Friday because New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year.