UFC 169: Alistair Overeem explains reasoning behind bizarre call out of Brock Lesnar

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

"The Reem" says he wants to defeat a healthy Brock Lesnar after he heard the WWE superstar blamed diverticulitis as the reason for his poor performance in their first fight, which explains the call out from Alistair after his UFC 169 victory over Frank Mir.

After Alistair Overeem dominated Frank Mir for 15 minutes en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win at UFC 169 this past weekend (Feb. 1, 2014), "The Reem," in somewhat of an unprecedented move, called out Brock Lesnar for a rematch.

The move raised the eyebrows of some, including UFC President Dana White.

While many expected Overeem to call out someone who is actually a part of the existing UFC roster, Alistair felt a rematch against the current WWE superstar would be appropriate.

And during his appearance on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), he explained why:

"I believe I read somewhere that he wanted to come back, and that he believed he didn't win the fight because of his health conditions and that it would have been different if he was healthy. He was talking about maybe a comeback, and I thought he wanted to fight me because of his last fight, maybe a rematch. With Brock, you have to take it with a grain of salt."

Indeed, during a recent interview (watch it here), White revealed that Lesnar was interested in coming back to the Octagon, seeing as how he went out with two losses.

One of which came at the hands of Alistair via first-round knockout at UFC 141 back in 2012. A loss that forced Lesnar to retire and go back to pro wrestling. According to White, Brock feels his battle with diverticulitis played a big role in the outcome of the fight.

Nevertheless, Overeem is adamant that he still has his sights set on capturing the division title, but wouldn't mind battling a healthy Lesnar one more time to erase any and all doubt as to who the best fighter between the two is.

He explains:

"I care about the title, of course, but if (Lesnar is) going to come back, why not? It would be a great fight. Brock healthy, because that's what the discussion is, if he's focused, he's healthy, we all remember what he did with Heath Herring, Randy Couture, he is the former UFC champ, aggressive, he's huge, he's strong. I think that would be a very good fight."

Alas, after UFC 169 -- which went down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey -- White revealed that Lesnar is unlikely to return to the Octagon, which means "The Reem" will have to shift his attention elsewhere.

Junior dos Santos, maybe?

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