Overeem: "I'm Not Sure If I'd Still Be Standing If Brock Hits Me on the Chin"

First LastCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2011

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem recently spoke to Telegraph Sport about his upcoming matchup with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on Dec. 30.

"My team is excited. The UFC is excited. It's a great development," said Overeem, who is on a 10-fight win streak. "What can I say? I'm all pumped up."

The announcement comes one week after the UFC announced its first main event on the first Fox event, which will feature UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez defending his title against Junior dos Santos.

"It's a very exciting time," Overeem continued. "Timing wise, it could not have been better timing. For me, it's just part of the next step. I was no long fighting in Strikeforce anymore. Japan was a little bit on the decline lately. I was already champion there. One of my goals was to become K1 champion. I already achieved that goal. The UFC belt is regarded as the highest belt out there so for me, it's the logical next step."

Lesnar hasn't fought since losing his title to Velasquez in October, 2010. He brings an overall 5-2 record to the cage and has already won, defended and lost the UFC heavyweight championship. That is quite an accomplishment considering his experience in the sport. Overeem brings an extensive record of 35-11 to the Octagon in a career that dates back to 1999.

"I see myself as the better striker, but that's the nice thing about the sport," said Overeem. "It can go either way. I'm not sure if I would still be standing if Brock hits me on the chin. He's an unpredictable, strong, explosive guy."