I just shat myself! This fight just got announced today and as an MMA fan I am absolutely stoked for this fight! I'm just glad to see the Reem finally in the UFC, I was losing hope that we would ever see him there.
Here's my breakdown:
Strengths: Arguably the best striker in the heavyweight division (Won the K1 championship last year). Good takedown defense. Very strong. Large guy.
Weaknesses: Historically not very good off of his back. Not known for his wrestling or grappling. Historically his chin in MMA has been questionable.
Questions: Is is cardio on par? He has not been known for his cardio in the past. He looked tired and gassed in his fight with Werdum. In addition, is he going to be able to feed oxygen to all the muscle he has gained? Will he be able to stop a power double by Brock?
Strengths: Extremely strong. One of the largest heavyweights. Arguably one of the best wrestlers in the division (Div. 1 wrestling champion, 2 time big 10 champ), freakishly athletic, good submissions, good cardio.
Weaknesses: Can't take a punch (see Carwin and Velasquez fight), striking not very good. Still green to the sport.
Questions: He's been out for a long time due to injury, will ring rust be a factor? He's still new to the game but he's learning quickly, but has he learned enough striking defense to deal with Overeem? What's his health going to be like leading up to the fight?
I think that most fans are going to have Overeem winning by KO, but im thinking that Lesnar may pull an upset. I like to root for the underdog. I think if Lesnar can avoid the early storm and and pull Reem into the second and third round, I think he can use his superior wrestling, control and groudn game to win via UD or TKO via GnP.
How do you guys think it will end?