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Alistair Overeem Signs With The UFC, Fights Brock Lesnar At UFC 141 On Dec. 30 (Update II)

The rumors were true. Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is headed to the UFC.

Overeem signed the contract earlier today, but the even bigger news is who his first opponent is — Brock Lesnar in a number one contender’s match. The LA Times Lance Pugmire has the story.

“Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup,” Overeem told The Times on Tuesday, just after signing a standard UFC fight contract in the office of Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta. “Brock’s a big guy, an exciting wrestler with his takedowns.

“I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I’m a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course.”

Overeem told USA Today that he was actually offered an immediate title shot against the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos winner first, but ultimately decided on the Lesnar bout so he wouldn’t have to wait well into 2012 to fight again.

“I had the option to fight for the title (as my first UFC bout), but then I had to wait,” Overeem told USA TODAY. “I love to fight. I love to be active.”

Both Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta said signing Overeem and booking the Lesnar bout was all about giving the fight the fans want.

“This is the fight the fans want,” UFC President Dana White said. “Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”

“Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want,” Fertitta said. “Obviously, Alistair’s one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that ‘it’ factor — the tremendous look, he’s huge. It’s a star factor.”

The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, which is interesting because it’s a Friday (Saturday being New Year’s Eve). It’s not clear if the card will be a numbered pay-per-view event or a FOX card, but it’s doubtful the UFC would give up the pay-per-view buys Lesnar brings in.

Either way though, it’s going to be a huge fight between two MONSTER heavyweights.

Update: Alistair Overeem talks to Ariel Helwani about his decision to take the Lesnar fight and how excited he is about the deal.

I got offered to fight for the championship belt but that would mean I had to wait, because of course dos Santos is fighting Velasquez Nov. 12, it’s going to be a great fight, then probably these guys are going to need some healing time, relaxing time, so November plus six months, that will probably be May. I’m a fighter, I like to be active, so then some names came rolling out and Brock Lesnar was among them and I think it’s a dream match-up. The fans wants to see it; I want to see it. I’m very excited about this fight, so I immediately said yes.I got offered to fight for the championship belt but that would mean I had to wait, because of course dos Santos is fighting Velasquez Nov. 12, it’s going to be a great fight, then probably these guys are going to need some healing time, relaxing time, so November plus six months, that will probably be May. I’m a fighter, I like to be active, so then some names came rolling out and Brock Lesnar was among them and I think it’s a dream match-up. The fans wants to see it; I want to see it. I’m very excited about this fight, so I immediately said yes.

Honestly, it feels like one of the biggest days in my life, a sort of life-changing thing. UFC is really big, they just did the FOX deal, you have all these possible match-ups happening right now, so for me, it’s a very exciting time, the team is very excited, UFC people are very excited.

It probably goes without saying but Overeem will not be allowed to compete in K-1 anymore.

Watch Overeem sign the contract with Lorenzo Fertitta below.

Update: Kevin Iole confirms the Dec. 30 card will be UFC 141.

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