Alistair Overeem: I’m going to KO Brock Lesnar in first round

Former Strikeforce Champion and top Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, who will square off with Brock Lesnar in his UFC 141 octagon debut, discusses his opponent, as well as his expectations for the bout. Overeem says the fight is “pretty straightforward,” and predicts he’ll finish Lesnar via first-round knockout.

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“It’s going to be a very exciting fight. I think all of the fans in the world are watching out for this fight. Brock’s coming off of a loss and an injury, and myself, I’m coming off of an injury and a victory against Werdum. … I think it’s going to be a very interesting match-up. You’ve got the best, strongest wrestling guy out there versus the strongest, best striker. I think it’s pretty straightforward what he’s going to do, and I think it’s pretty straight forward what I’m going to do. It’s going to be about who is better at forcing their game on the other. … It’s not going to go to the second round. I’m going to knock him out in the first round.”

Further Reading: UFC 141 Press Conference: Alistair Overeem ready to “tear Lesnar to pieces”


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    Daniel Cassidy

    November 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    mmmmmmhmmm this is gonna be a great fight! if Reem keeps it standing, its his fight, but if Lesnar gets the Takedown its all Brock

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Dont see Brock standing with Reem for more than like 5 secs……hes prolly going to go for takedowns after takedowns so Im going with Brock via decision

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Overeem via KO (Flying Reem Knee) 1st Round.


    Lesnar via KO (Lunchbox Hammerfists) 1st Round.

    This fight isn’t going to the 2nd round, lol.

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I see Brock standing with Reem but with his eyes closed :D

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I see Brock rushing Reem pretty early in the fight, not as much as in the Velasquez fight cuz he said in a recent interview that he rushed a little too much. And i see Reem being able to stuff the takedown somehow and knock out Brock in the 1rst.
    Then we can see Overeem vs JDS which would be SPECTACULAR, K1 world class level striking vs purely MMA adapted striking, both with a huge size and height.
    Can’t wait

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    You took the words outta my mouth. I don’t think even IF brock can take him down, that he can holdem there. Reem will just get up and out strike him.

    And reem vs jds will be soooo epic

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I hope Lesnar wins though because we will probably see two better heavyweight fights in JDS vs. Lesnar and Velasquez vs. Overeem.

    Rather than just one good heavyweight fight in JDS vs. Overeem.

    Good damn I was Carwin was good to go; so he could sort some of this mess out, lol.

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    November 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I like Overeem but his ****iness over confident and I personal think Lesnar learn a big lesson from previous fight and should trained like the way it should be to do or die seem likely he’ll shock everyone

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Kay . . . .but that was a little creepy dude.

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Even if Brock got Overeem done, you all are thinking Overeem is just going to lay there. The dude is strong, I’d put any money that he is stronger than Brock and would simply push him off like Valasquez did.

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I would go with Overeem.
    Honestly, I did not see Brock’s superior wrestling skills against Couture, Carwin and Cain, although, Brock was bigger and havier. Mir wanted to stay down and use his BJJ. The only takedown I saw, when Carwin gased out.
    Overeem is powerful enough and has a good TDD to keep it standing. Even if Brock takes him down, it would be very hard to keep Overeem on the ground. Brock would not have any size advantage either. Plus, Overeem is way more experienced.

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    The Titan

    November 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The Reem has very good takedown defense and I don’t see Brock taking him down very easily. I pretty much see it as Brock trying to take Overeem down but fails to and has to stand with him and get’s KO’d.

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    im not 100% sure but i thought that from ufc 138 every main event was going to be 5 rounds. if thats the case then i dont see this going the distance at all because both guys know that 5 rounds is going to be hard for them with their muscle size

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Overeem but lately he seems very disinterested when being interviewed. Doesn’t have much to say. Although it’s certainly true about his outlook on this fight. They both know what each other wants to or is going to do. I reckon the one with the surprise up their sleeve will take this!
    Imagine Overeem shooting for Lesnar & taking an ugly ground & pound win? Imagine Lesnar lunging at Overeem & throwing bombs? It’s not unthinkable!
    Two things are clear in my head though. Overeem does not have Lesnars conditioning in my opinion therefore he needs to keep his distance, stay standing & finish it ASAP.
    Lesnars striking defense is not the best & he seems to hate being hit in the face & always recoils. Both have the same reach & I reckon Overeem will easily pick off Lesnar in the standup. He needs to avoid the clinch with Overeem as his Muay Thai knees will be worse than Lesnar has ever felt & same goes for trying to hold him against the fence. Lesnar is not quiet as big as he used to be (about 20lbs) I’d say there’ll be not much more that 10lbs between them so size won’t be his main advantage like previous fights.

    Anyway, it’ll be a very entertaining either way & I’m seriously looking forward to it :)

    Sorry for the long mail, I just had an opinion :)

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    November 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    That is true….forgot about that, dont see these guys going 5 rounds so I’ll change to Brock via GNP 2/3rd round

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    The Woods''

    November 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Overeem will probably get knockout if his TDD is successful against Brock or his ground game is on point that night and unfortunately it might be the last time we see Brock fight in the Octagon. Especially if its a devastating KO.

    If that happens and he has to reassess, what will he have to offer against the current champ JDS or Overeem if he becomes champ.

    Brock is in the UFC for a belt. He probably expects nothin less from himself.

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    November 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I see overeem winning this one in all areas he could KO brook standing and he could submit him if it goes to the ground. But man if Brock beats overeem that’s gunna be insane

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Reem is very good, I think he will win, but Brock is good too, don’t underestimate him…Maybe Brock this time have some new tools, can’t wait to see.

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    November 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

    am I the only one who sees Brock winning this?

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    Keyboard Contender

    November 16, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Brock via Oma Plata 1st round ;)

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    November 16, 2011 at 4:15 am

    one punch in the face and brock will be dancing his way back to WWE…

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    November 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

    What about this string didn’t we not already know. Reem is a fighter, Brock is a marketing tool. Everyone thinks they are a fighter until they get hit in the mouth. When that happens to lesnar, he folds faster than a wet dixie cup.

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    November 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm


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    November 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    This fight is so lopsided. Just look at the guys records for pete’s sake! We all know what happens when Brocks face gets touched.

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    November 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I’m gonna pick Brock by TKO. He shoots a few takedowns making Reem hesitant like against Werdum, Brock catches him sweet with an uppercut and finishes with TKO.

    Only kidding, Reem by murder, but he cannot be static like he did against Werdum, asking for trouble against someone with power in their hands.

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