Wednesday, December 28, 2011

UFC 141: The Brock vs The Reem


"More than a quarter of a ton collide this Friday."

"The biggest and the best will go head on this Friday night, etc."

The comparisons and analogies to the size of the following behemoths, Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, will be endless and cliche. As the poster suggest, these guys are the biggest of the bunch in terms of skill, size, and experience. But will it be explosive and tactical or an explosive dud?

As evidenced by Cain Velasquez quick defeat at (literally) the hands of Junior Dos Santos, one can't help but be reminded of another colossal matchup that failed to live up to the hype. This time on the boxing arena: Lennox Lewis vs. Michael Grant.

Grant was an undefeated start up while Lewis was the reigning heavyweight king who was supposed to be taken to the brink. Instead, Lewis used his experience and power to knockout his opponent in the 2nd round. Grant never recovered and never competed at such a high level again.

This one should be different as there are two main styles which are needed, though both have a puncher's chance. Sort of.

Overeem has proven himself in the stand up game; first in PRIDE and then in K-1. Brock has power but unlike The Reem, he does not have that one punch kayo power. If he did, Heath Herring never would have made it out the first round. Lesnar is a powerful man who will hurt you then Hulk smash you into utter defeat.

The Reem has the skills needed to counter Brock's brockness. He has grown like the Incredible Hulk. Gone is the lanky ko artist and now a big brawler who throws big fighters around like rag dolls has re-emerged. He tossed crude Brett Rogers around and dumped Fabricio Wewrdum whenever he felt like it. And these are no small men either.

The guess here is that Lesnar's long layoff, along with Overeem's recent success at heavyweight, will allow The Reem to control The Brock and finish the fight on the feet ... but he must tuck his chin in and avoid being kept down.

This one should be exciting ... for as long as it lasts.

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