Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem has signed with Zuffa and will fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in his promotion debut in a five-round main event match-up, booked for the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"This is the fight the fans want. Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?"
"Lesnar vs. Overeem" is expected to serve as the headliner for UFC 141, which broadcasts live via pay-per-view on Friday night -- not Saturday -- so you can still go out and get bombed on New Year's Eve if that's your thing.
If not, no worries, you can ring in the new year right here on MMAmania.com by discussing this clash of titans, which will likely decide one of, if not the next heavyweight title contender.
The surgically repaired Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of new division champion Cain Velasquez, who survived a pasty-faced bumrush at UFC 121 last October to topple the former WWE star and capture the crown.
It was Brock's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008.
He 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 Lesnar is all patched up and ready to jump right back into "the mix."
That's because Overeem (35-11) 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.
What say you Maniacs, is this a match-up that can keep you home on a Friday night? Leave your predictions for UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" in the comments section below.