Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Monster Bash for UFC 141

Now that UFC has bought Strikeforce, they are doing a Godzilla vs a Mechagodzilla fight. Screw Mothra that lame ass moth monster. And so, it has been announced that 34-year old Brock Lesnar (5-2) will take on 31-year old Alistair Overeem (35-1-11) in UFC 141 on December 30 of this year. Is that a long ways off? I heard on the car radio this morning that there are a little over a hundred days before Christmas so a few more days doesn’t really matter. And considering how time flies, before you know it, these two behemoths will be beating the crap out of each other.

In the pregame hype in Lesnar’s last fight where he faced Cain Velasquez, fight analysts were saying that the latter, a former WWE pro wrestler who tried out for the NFL was a freak of nature blessed with size (he’s 6’3”) and blinding speed to go with massive power to pulverize foes. I remember hearing Joe Rogan talk about how Lesnar is a descendant of those fearsome Norsemen who once marauded and explored parts of Europe, the North Atlantic and Asia from the 8th to 11th Century. And in classic American belief where size matters, the slightly smaller Velasquez who stands 6’1” and weighs 244 pounds to the 280 lbs of Lesnar, the challenger finished him off in under a round in devastating and embarrassing fashion. As the saying goes the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Overeem is actually bigger than Lesnar and it isn’t too often that the latter looks up to his foes in the Octagon. The much more experienced Dutchman will be making his first fight in the UFC after spending some time in Strikeforce and both aren’t lacking in self confidence. It’s super ego versus super ego and the winner of the match will face whoever comes out the victor of the Velasquez-Junior dos Santos match that takes place on November 12.

Speaking of Overeem, that fight with Fabricio Werdum (who beat Fedor Emelianenko for his first real loss) was both entertaining and frustrating -- at least for Werdum and the fans who wanted a slugfest. Hahaha. Overeem wasn’t falling for that ground grappling game of the Brazilian.

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