LAS VEGAS - JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission victory against Shane Carwin to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The fight announcement is hardly an hour old, and Bodog already has a line up for the December 30 clash between former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem. Bodog has Lesnar and Overeem as a pick'em, and you'll need to lay -115 on either side to account for the vig.
Given concerns about how Lesnar reacts to getting punched in the face, I expect the early action to come in on Overeem.
Lesnar is returning from his latest bout with diverticulitis. When he steps into the cage with Overeem, he'll have been out of action for fourteen months. Lesnar last fought Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, dropping his heavyweight title after in the first round by TKO.
Overeem defeated Fabricio Werdum by unanimous decision in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The bout was largely uninspired, and, after turning down a date in September with Antonio Silva, Overeem was dropped from the tournament and released from Strikeforce.
[Update] Bookmaker opened their line at Overeem -135, Lesnar +105.