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Alistair Overeem Liverkicks Brock Lesnar Into Retirement at UFC 141

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.

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Alistair Overeem at UFC 141: The Linear Champ is Here

This Friday night at UFC 141 history will be made. Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem provides not only an interesting clash of styles, but an interesting clash of championships and ideologies. Brock Lesnar’s background is of course American wrestling, but he is most well-known for his tenure as a professional wrestler. Lesnar brings an unprecedented amount of personality, intensity and fanfare to his fights compared to other fighters in the UFC. On the other hand, Alistair Overeem represents Dutch Kickboxing and is one of the few holdouts in the world of International MMA who has been considered “the best” without being under a UFC contract.

In a way, for a lot of fans it seems to be a classic case of the pro wrestling dichotomy of “heel” against “face,” or bad guy against good guy. What is funny is, for different fans there seems to be differing opinions as to who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. For many, Brock Lesnar, whose professional careers have been marred by indecision and lack of passion, Lesnar is ironically a symbol of modern MMA. He is a company man and a representative for the modern UFC fighter. Lesnar went to the UFC as soon as he could in his career and has been facing competition that is without a doubt considered the very best in the world. These people view Alistair Overeem as another Fedor Emelianenko figure; a fighter who many fans believe to be one of the best in the world, but chose to compete outside of the UFC for as long as possible, thus he remained unchallenged against UFC’s crop of fighters.

The other side of the fence tends to view Lesnar as the professional wrestler who invaded MMA and has brought along his antics, attitude and pro wrestling fans. Alistair Overeem, on the other hand, is the two-sport champion who has seen success not only in Mixed Martial Arts but within K-1. Alistair Overeem in 2010 won the K-1 World Grand Prix, one of the striking world’s most prestigious tournaments, then went ahead and won the DREAM Heavyweight Champion. All the while, he was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. What decorates Overeem even more is when he defeated Fabricio Werdum in Strikeforce this year he won the mythical Linear Heavyweight Championship. The Linear Championship is not sanctioned by anyone or recognized, but for fans it dates back to when UFC first established a Heavyweight Championship. Randy Couture lost this title to Enson Inoue in 1998, and since then the title has been outside of the UFC. Overeem’s first fight in the UFC will bring back that Linear Heavyweight Championship, and the winner of this fight will possibly unite that championship with the current UFC Heavyweight Championship.

The point here is that Overeem has accomplished as much as he possibly could outside of the UFC, and him joining the UFC signifies his willingness to take that next step. For many, Alistair Overeem is a symbol. Overeem existed outside of the societal norm that was the UFC and began stacking up accolades and crushing everyone that was set before him. Alistair Overeem is literally one of the last heroes in the Mixed Martial Arts world who has yet to be tested within the UFC.

Not only will this fight have serious ramifications on the current UFC Heavyweight title picture, but for history it pits the former pro-wrestler-turned-UFC Champion against the man who conquered the world of Kickboxing as well as the non-UFC world of MMA. This fight brings the Linear Heavyweight Championship back to the UFC for the first time since 1998 and also will be the only time in history that the current K-1 World Grand Prix Champion has stepped into a UFC ring.

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Golden Glory Launches New YouTube Channel; Golden Glory TV

It is nice to see some movement from the Golden Glory camp and the Kickboxing world in general in this late December. Golden Glory on Christmas day started up a new YouTube channel called GoldenGloryTV, and the first video up promises a lot of awesome stuff coming in January of 2012. This means interviews, promo videos, behind-the-scenes stuff and documentaries will be up on that channel. That means go ahead and subscribe to it (if you have a YT account) and prepare for it to be awesome.

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Alistair Overeem Fights Friday at UFC 141, Watch This Preview

Let's be honest, the year is finally beginning to wind down. For Kickboxing fans it has been an up and down year, the lack of the K-1 World Grand Prix is indeed a loss for 2011, but the promise of a re-organized K-1 system in 2012 shows a lot of promise and hope for fans. The MMA world will see something quite unique this Friday as Alistair Overeem, the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, step into the UFC ring as the "reigning" K-1 WGP Champion. Overeem fights Brock Lesnar, the former WWE star and college wrestling standout in a classic clash of styles. This is also the first time since 1998 where the Linear Heavyweight Championship returns to the UFC with Alistair Overeem fighting. That title dates back to the early UFCs and left when Randy Couture lost in Japan. For years Fedor was considered the Linear Heavyweight Champion, but his loss to Werdum changed that in a hurry. Well, Overeem then beat Werdum and captured that title (there is no physical belt if you don't know this already). So eventually, the UFC Heavyweight title will be "whole again." Wow.

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