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Brock Lesnar seemed very content to battle Alistair Overeem on the feet at UFC 141. Lesnar was the first one throwing leg kicks and really only shot for one takedown during the short duration of the bout. The fact that the two men were fighting it out standing went how most expected it would as Overeem started to open up with strikes.
It started out with Overeem hurting Lesnar with knees to the body and shortly after it was a hard kick to Lesnar's liver that sent the former champion to his knees against the cage.
Lesnar not using his wrestling was a big surprise to current UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos as he told USA Today:
"Brock seemed a little bit anxious to throw punches and kicks," Dos Santos said. "That surprised me, because I thought he should have taken Alistair down and kept the fight on the ground."
The funny thing is just how similar JDS' comments are to what most people thought about Cain Velasquez in the fight where he lost the title to Junior. Many felt that Cain should have just pushed for the takedown and not engaged the better striker.
Junior also commented on a fight with Overeem:
"He's pretty good at using his kicks, his knees, his punches," Dos Santos said. "But I believe so much in my boxing."
A date for Dos Santos-Overeem hasn't been determined, but it likely won't come in the first few months of 2012.
Overeem last month said that UFC 150 next summer would be an "excellent date" for a championship bout.
Overeem vs. dos Santos is going to be a hell of a fun fight.