Tonight's UFC 141 main event showdown between heavyweights Brock Lesnar (5-2) and Alistair Overeem (35-11) is one of the most anticipated battles in the weight class in recent history.
That doesn't mean you should expect an amazing show that goes the distance. In fact, most are predicting this one doesn't even make it out of the first round.
Overeem, who hasn't lost in his last 11 fights, is the overwhelming favorite over the popular Lesnar. In those 11 fights, only one went the distance.
Lesnar has only gone the distance once in his short mixed martial arts career.
Overeem is not only the much more experienced fighter, but he is considered by many to actually be the bigger physical talent. He will look to make his name known in his first UFC fight tonight with a convincing win over Lesnar.
Lesnar hasn't fought since the beating he took from Cain Velasquez over a year ago when he lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He will need to take this fight to the ground if he wants to have any chance against Overeem, who excels with his kickboxing ability. Even if he does, that doesn't guarantee success. Overeem is still 19-2 in his career when a fight has ended via submission.
Due to his time in the WWE, Lesnar is a fan-favorite among many across the United States. He will surely be the fan favorite tonight against the new comer to the division.
He will need a lot of luck to walk away with a win. We will be lucky to see this fight head into the second round. It will take a miracle for it to go into the third.
Overeem should be able to end this one early.
Then he can set his sights on the UFC Heavyweight Championship.