Brock Lesnar pummeling Frank Mir
With the recent signing of the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current K-1 kick-boxing champion, Alistair "The Reem" Overeem, the UFC heavyweight division became that much more interesting.
Couple "The Reem's" signing with the news that Brock Lesnar will return to action after being sidelined by his second bout of diverticulitis, and the UFC heavyweight division has re-emerged from the depths of anonymity to receive deserving publicity and talk.
A bout between these two behemoths will shatter the previous pay-per-view buy records.
Overeem, a world-class striker with tremendous strength and power possesses excellent stand-up striking skills and the ability to finish opponents with a single strike.
Winning 10 straight in the cage since 2007, the knock on "The Reem" is that he has not faced top-tier talent during his current winning streak.
Enter Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar, a one-dimensional fighter, is limited in his stand-up skills. However, his exposure on his feet is more than made up for with his incredible wrestling pedigree and his internal ferocity.
The question in this matchup is whether or not Overeem can take a page out of Cain Velasquez's play book and keep this fight standing to pick apart Lesnar on his feet.
Does Overeem possess the agility and footwork to stay away from the explosive take-down attempts? I do not believe so.
"The Reem" is a pocket striker. Which means he works his way inside on the opposition to deliver rib-crushing knee strikes and thunderous punches.
Allowing Lesnar to be in range provides the former UFC heavyweight champion the opportunity to explode at a moment's notice and execute a take-down.
Whereas Overeem was able to stifle Fabricio Werdum's repeated pathetic take-down attempts, Lesnar's strength and power allows him to drive through his opposition resulting in an explosive take-down.
On the ground, "The Reem" is an established jiu-jitsu practitioner with 19 submission victories to his credit.
Having a man the size and strength of Lesnar creates an entirely different dynamic on the ground. Lesnar can deliver suffering ground-and-pound while minimizing any opportunity for a submission.
Even though Brock Lesnar is clearly a one-dimensional fighter with limited stand-up skills and is recovering from his second bout of diverticulitis, I still believe this avalanche of a man will be able to overcome the striking prowess of Overeem and secure a TKO victory in the process.
Winner: Brock Lesnar Round 2 TKO