If the ratings for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 were any indication, fans don't have much interest in former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar if he's going to smile, shake hands and kiss babies.
Instead, they prefer the trash-talking, Coors Light drinking, door smashing fireball that went on a Mike Haggar-inspired offense to smash Frank Mir into a second round stoppage at UFC 100 way back in July 2009.
Well, according to Lesnar, that's exactly what you're going to get on Dec. 30, 2011, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former WWE headliner had a chance to talk up his UFC 141 main event against Alistair Overrem on today's media conference call.
Here's what he said about taking on "Demolition Man."
"Look, I've had a great camp. This is the best I have felt in years and lardy-lardy-da... I could go through all the clichés about how in shape I am but the fact is, I know myself and my own body and I know that I am back. I am 100%. I am as fast, as strong and as explosive as I've ever been and you're going to see the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp at UFC 100. If I go in and execute my game-plan, then I am winning this fight. That’s the bottom line here. Overeem says he is knocking me out in two rounds. Well, I am glad he has the ability to see the future. That’s his dream. I have my own dreams of winning this fight and going on to get my belt back. And on Friday December 30 his dream will be over.The surgically repaired Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of former division champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 back in October 2010. It was Brock's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008."
Lesnar was expected to get back on his horse against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 earlier this year, but was forced to bow out of the Canadian contest to deal with another flare-up of diverticulitis.
Now he's all patched up and gunning for that bout against "Cigano."
Overeem (35-11), who also wants to put his hands on the Brazilian kingpin, is considered one of the premiere strikers in all of mixed martial arts, despite a less than impressive effort against wily grappler Fabricio Werdum just a few months back.
Aside from the shortcomings in his winning performance against "Vai Cavalo," the Dutch destroyer is a consensus top ten ranked fighter who could pose problems for any UFC heavyweight -- but first he has to prove it against one of the division's elite wrestlers.
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