The following is an excerpt from a new Yahoo! Sports blog by new UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, the man who will step into the octagon at UFC 141 on December 30 and fight former champion Brock Lesnar in a heavyweight title eliminator bout.
I didn’t need to fight Lesnar. When I signed for the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta offered me the winner of the title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. But I am a fighter. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines, I want to fight.
I think I have earned a UFC world title fight, by winning every major title outside the UFC, but I am here to prove that I am – without question – the best heavyweight on the planet. You don’t do that sitting on the sidelines or working out in the gym, you do that by fighting and beating the best available opposition in the biggest fights that can be made.
Myself vs. Lesnar is a huge fight and I jumped at the chance to fight him.
But I don’t underestimate this man. Winning UFC belt from Randy Couture in his fourth pro MMA fight and defending it against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin was very impressive. I am also impressed by Lesnar’s fighting spirit; he has twice come back from a very serious illness and fought very tough opposition right away. He obviously has a lot of confidence in himself in fighting me after more than a year out and surgery on his stomach, and I admire that about him, but I am even more confident in myself. I will knock this guy out.
He is great at takedowns and controlling people on the ground, but he I can stop his takedowns and he is no match for me on the feet.
I am going to rip Brock Lesnar apart, piece by piece.
Check out the full blog, which features a lot more comments from Alistair Overeem, by heading over to Yahoo! Sports.
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