Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (35-11) didn't stay unemployed for long. Less than two months after bowing out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and receiving his walking papers from the promotion's owners, UFC parent company Zuffa LLC, the 31-year-old Dutch has been signed to an exclusive, multi-fight contract with the UFC.
The industry giant announced today that Overeem is set to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar on Dec. 30 at UFC 141, which takes place Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
Lesnar fights for the first time since losing his title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. A second bout with diverticulitis delayed his comeback at UFC 131, and a corrective surgery in May put him on the path to recovery.
The winner of the end-of-year fight is expected to meet the winner of the upcoming title bout between champ Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1, which takes place Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif.
SI.com caught up with Overeem in Las Vegas as he prepared to board a plane to Los Angeles for the premiere of the MMA-themed movie