Come UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 141, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and lethal kickboxer Alistair Overeem has set his sights on sending Brock Lesnar back to the WWE.
"Lots of fans have spoken to me about the fight and they are very enthusiastic – and they are getting the fight they want to see. I'm going to send him back to WWE," Overeem said.
The former K-1 and Dream heavyweight champion has only just recently been given the go ahead to compete at the Dec. 30 event, following a misunderstanding with the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) regarding a urine sample that "The Demolition Man" failed to provide on a specified date.
"There has been a lot going on in the preparation but I am happy with my conditioning, I'm in very good shape, and I'm satisfied, even though there have been a few distractions."
Still, regardless of the diversions—having to up sticks and move his training camp to Holland to care for his ailing mother, the Dutch behemoth has taken everything in his stride and is now bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to make his Octagon debut for the Zuffa-based promotion.
"I did expect to fight in UFC at one point during my career, but now it is happening sooner than I expected and I am very pleased."
Apropos his opponent, NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 1 wrestler Lesnar, "The Reem" sees the latter as the quintessential opponent stylistic wise.
With that said, he thinks he made the right choice accepting the offer to fight Lesnar rather than wait idly on the sidelines for an eventual matchup with the winner of the UFC on Fox 1 heavyweight championship bout between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
"I think that Brock is a dream fight. He's the best wrestler in MMA, and he's against the best striker, which is myself."
"Actually I chose Brock." he says. "I would have had to wait for six months for the JDS and Cain winner, but I am a fighter and I want to be active. I was offered a few names, but when I heard Brock I thought 'Yes' straight away."
On the other hand, Lesnar makes his eagerly anticipated return to the Octagon after losing his title to Velasquez and battling a reoccurring bout of diverticulitis.
The wait for what could well turn out to be the biggest pay-per-view event of the year is drawing ever so closer, with the fate and destiny of both combatants lying firmly in the palms of their hands come fight night.
UFC 141 is set for Dec. 30, 2011 at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.