"King Mo" Muhammed Lawal was a guest on the MMA Insiders radio show and gave his breakdown of how Brock Lesnar can find success against Alistair Overeem in their UFC 141 showdown. Given Lawal's high level wrestling background, his insight into how Lesnar can get takedowns on the dangerous striker carries some weight.
"If I were Brock, I would establish a good jab, fake ... jab, fake ... fake, jab. Look to shoot off the fakes. You know in wrestling. if the person doesn't respond to your fakes then you shoot next time. If the person responds to your fakes then you throw punches," said Lawal.
"It's going to be very important for Brock to set up his takedowns because without the setups, he's getting knocked out or hurt," Lawal said. "Overeem is the wrong person to shoot on out of the blue."
This will likely be a fight where you can tell exactly how it will play out within the first minute and a half. If Brock can't find a way to put Overeem down early, it's probable that Overeem busts him up quickly. If Lesnar can find early success with the takedowns I don't think it is going to get harder as the fight goes on and Overeem's reflexes slow a bit.
Mo is right that setting up the takedowns off the jab is the best way to avoid engaging in a true stand-up battle while not recklessly bullrushing in, but every extra second kept on the feet is another extra second of big time danger for the former UFC champ.