Lesnar-Overeem fight official

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:55 AM ET

TORONTO - Alistair Overeem has officially signed with the UFC and is wasting no time going after the top dogs.

The former Strikeforce heavyweight titleholder and 2010 K-1 world grand prix winner will collide with former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in a five-round main event at UFC 141 Fri., Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

“This is the fight the fans want,” UFC president Dana White said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”

The winner will earn an immediate shot at the UFC heavyweight championship, which is set to be decided in a November tilt between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

Overeem was released from Strikeforce and stripped of his belt in July following his withdrawal from the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix tournament. At the heart of the issue was a conflict between the Dutch kickboxer’s management team, Golden Glory, and UFC and Strikeforce parent company, Zuffa, LLC.

Golden Glory wanted to receive all purses so it could then dole out cash to athletes, while Zuffa brass insisted on paying fighters directly. As a result Overeem and several teammates were all cut from their existing contracts.

Golden Glory representatives subsequently reached out to Zuffa, saying they would agree to terms.


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