It has been a tough year for K-1 fans in 2011. I feel as though I've typed this out over a dozen times in articles for this website now, but as there is hope for the future of K-1 with Ishii's FIKA kicking into gear next year, Alistair Overeem made his UFC debut tonight at UFC 141 against Brock Lesnar. For many, it was a pick 'em fight, with Lesnar's wrestling, size and strength being a deciding factor for them. For Kickboxing fans, Alistair Overeem was entering UFC 141 as a representative of the sport, having a unique skillset within both sports.
The fight started off with Lesnar seeming to not be respecting Alistair's stand up skills, landing a leg kick early and then trying to throw his hands at Alistair. He waited for Alistair to get close and looked to take him down, but the Reem was able to keep the fight standing. After trying out a few things, Overeem scored big with a knee to the midsection of Lesnar. Brock immediately looked hurt and did not seem to understand how to defend it. For a skilled striker like Alistair Overeem, this just meant he was a shark who smelled blood and knew exactly how to attack. Overeem continually assaulted Brock with knees to the mid section and let his hands go a bit while Lesnar fumbled around the ring.
The blow that sent Lesnar to his knee at the end of the fight? None other than a liverkick. It connected clean and as usual, Brock was fine for a split second until the pain finally hit him and he fell to one knee where Overeem quickly swarmed until he was pulled off of Lesnar and his hand was raised. This sets up the UFC for Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, which Alistair immediately hyped up post-fight while Lesnar was quick to announce his retirement from MMA.