Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/28/11

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will meet Friday night in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Overeem is a decorated fighter; he’s been a heavyweight MMA champion in Strikeforce and Dream, and he’s a K-1 kickboxing champ. He also hasn’t lost in his last 11 MMA fights dating back to 2007.

Even though The Reem was well known to fight fans across the world, Brock Lesnar was unfamiliar with him.

Kevin Iole writes at Yahoo! Sports that Brock didn’t know much about Alistair before agreeing to the fight. Lesnar apparently doesn’t pay much attention to MMA except when he’s fighting .

“I really didn’t look at people outside the UFC,” Lesnar said. “I’m not the kind of guy that sits around and ponders that kind of stuff. Obviously, this is a guy who is threatening. You don’t get into this company and get into this division if you’re not a threat. He’s a threat.”

Lesnar has learned much more about Overeem while preparing for the fight and respects him, but it’s just strange for fans, who follow stars like Alistair so closely, to hear that another prominent fighter didn’t know much about him. I guess it just shows us that some guys who fight aren’t fans. Maybe this attitude well serve Lesnar well in the fight. I think Overeem is a much better all around fighter and expect him to win.

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