The titanic heavyweight battle between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem had been rumored to be a number one contender's matchup for a while. It seems pretty obvious considering that Lesnar lost his title to Velasquez, and Overeem was the Strikeforce heavyweight champion. Well, the UFC confirmed that little tidbit in a press release today:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that the top heavyweight powerhouses will collide in the five-round main event of the organization's final card of 2011. What's more, the winner will be crowned the number one contender and earn a title shot in the New Year.
Obviously, the outcome of this Saturday's UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will decide who will face Overeem or Lesnar. It might work out that the losers of each of these bouts end up facing each other as well, due to the lack of other strong challengers at the top of the heavyweight division in the UFC right now. Lesnar and Overeem will both be in attendance at the UFC on Fox event and will participate in a press conference before the weigh-ins tomorrow. Tickets for UFC 141, scheduled for December 30th in Las Vegas, go on sale tomorrow as well.