Overeem Turned Down UFC Title Fight, Opted For Quicker Debut

September 7, 2011 8:45 am by bjpenn.com staff 24 Comments
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“I got offered to fight for the championship belt but that would mean I had to wait, because of course (Junior) dos Santos is fighting (Cain) Velasquez Nov. 12, it’s going to be a great fight, then probably these guys are going to need some healing time, relaxing time, so November plus six months, that will probably be May. I’m a fighter, I like to be active, so then some names came rolling out and Brock Lesnar was among them and I think it’s a dream match-up. The fans wants to see it; I want to see it. I’m very excited about this fight, so I immediately said yes.”

Newly signed UFC heavyweight fighter, Alistair Overeem, went on record with the guys over at mmafighting.com about his recently announced main event bout with former UFC champion, Brock Lesnar.

What is interesting is that, according to his account, Overeem could have waited on the shelf for an immediate title shot but instead opted for monster wrestler. Brock Lesnar, in his debut UFC outing.

Anyone think that was a mistake? Sound off….

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