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Alistair Overeem Turned Down UFC Title Shot, Opens as Favorite Over Brock Lesnar

Alistair Overeem said Tuesday after signing with the UFC that he turned down an immediate shot at the heavyweight title against the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos to face Brock Lesnar in his Octagon debut at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas.

“I had the option to fight for the title (as my first UFC bout), but then I had to wait,” Overeem told USA Today. “I love to fight. I love to be active.”

The incoming Strikeforce champion Overeem opened as a narrow betting favorite over the former UFC champ Lesnar at with original odds set at -135 for Overeem and +105 for Lesnar, but they have already moved closer.

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