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Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: Who is the Bigger Freak?

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: Who is the Bigger Freak?



Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem. It doesn't get any bigger than this…literally. On December 30, 2011, the two heavyweights are going to face off and fight in Las Vegas at UFC 141. The winner of the main event is expected to face Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. This is a special fight for three reasons. First, this is Alistair Overeem's much anticipated UFC debut after his heavyweight championship run in Strikeforce. Second, this is Brock Lesnar's return to the UFC after a second bout with diverticulitis. Lastly, this is a match between the sport's two biggest freaks. These fighters are physical specimens and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

So that brings us to the million dollar question: Who is the bigger freak? In order to determine this answer, we analyzed three important components:

1) Muscular strength/athleticism
2) Overall physique
3) Who best maximizes their physical skills when fighting



Tale of the Tape

Brock Lesnar:
6'3, 265 lbs., 81" reach

Alistair Overeem:
6'5, 256 lbs., 81.5" reach 



1) Muscular Stength/Athleticism

Brock Lesnar


Bench Press: 475 lb. 1 rep max & 225 lbs. for 44 reps (Confirmed) |  600 lb. 1 rep max (Unconfirmed)

In a documentary, Kurt Angle said that he has seen Lesnar bench over 600 lbs. when he was in the WWE.

Squat: 690 lbs. (Confirmed) | 900 lbs. 1 rep max (Unconfirmed)

In that same documentary, Angle said he has also seen Lesnar squat 900 lbs.


Deadlift: 720 lbs. 1 rep max (Confirmed)

During his preparation for the 2004 NFL Combine, Lesnar also recorded a 4.7 second 40 yard dash time, 10 foot standing broad jump, and a 35 inch vertical leap (all while doing this at 290 lbs.).


Notes: Most of these statistics were confirmed when Lesnar was in college and wrestling for the University of Minnesota, and for his preparation for the 2004 NFL Combine. Brock Lesnar was in a serious motorcycle accident and broke his hand less than one month before the NFL Combine. In Lesnar's book, he said while he was training for the NFL in 2004, he was benching sets of 405 lbs. for 8 reps and squatting 860 lbs. with a safety bar before he wrecked his motorcycle. Therefore, that may explain the substantial difference between his confirmed stats and the stats that Kurt Angle spoke of in his documentary. If he was in full health, we most likely would have seen even higher results from Lesnar.



Check out Brock Lesnar's Workout Routine

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Brock Lesnar's Crazy Feats of Strength Videos: 

Check out these videos from his days at the WWE. 
We know that this is just entertainment and not the real thing. However, it still takes a tremendous amount of strength and athleticism to do the kinds of things that Lesnar does. Just watch the videos and you'll understand why...

This is Brock Lesnar's debut in the WWE. Just watch what he does to this poor man. I don't know what hurts more: the clothesline or the three consecutive powerbombs to the mat.




Alistair Overeem

Bench Press: N/A

There is no confirmed bench press statistic for Overeem.

Squat: 484 lbs. (Confirmed)

In a video, Overeem said his maximum squat was 220 kg. (484 lbs.)


Deadlift: 660 lbs. for 5 reps  |  740 lb. 1 rep max

In another video, Overeem is doing deadlifts with 660 lbs. for 5 reps. This makes his one rep max approximately 740 lbs.



Check out Alistair Overeem's Workout Routine


Check out other top athlete's workout routines

Alistair Overeem's Crazy Feats of Strength Video: 

In this video, Overeem is doing a 660 lb. deadlift for 5 reps. 



Winner- Brock Lesnar

Although Overeem can probably deadlift more than Lesnar, Lesnar completely destroys him in the squat, by well over 200 lbs. If what Kurt Angle said is true, Lesnar can double Overeem's squat. In terms of bench press, it would be hard to see Overeem benching more than Lesnar. Even if they were even, Lesnar's squat is the difference maker. Also, Lesnar competed in the WWE and played briefly in the NFL Preseason for Minnesota Vikings before being cut. Lesnar last played football in high school as a lineman. This just shows his athleticism is off the charts. Lesnar is the winner.



2) Overall Physique

If we were talking about the Brock Lesnar from his WWE days, Lesnar would win by a slim margin. He was over 30 lbs. heavier in the WWE but even more ripped and jacked up. Some people attribute this to steroid use but Lesnar has never failed a drug test. It could merely be a difference in how he trains and genetic factors, especially since he has aged over the years.


Look at Lesnar during his WWE days:

Brock Lesnar with Title Belt


However, let's compare Overeem vs. the current Lesnar. Take a look at the comparison photos:




Winner- Alistair Overeem

Overeem wins this round. Overeem was voted the Most Jacked UFC Fighter for a reason so he is the clear cut winner.



3) Who best maximizes their physical skills when fighting


Brock Lesnar


As well all know by now, Brock’s biggest assets in the octagon is his high-pedigree wrestling background. A Junior College National Champion (Bismarck State College) and Division 1 National Champion (University of Minnesota), Brock is the rare athlete with immense strength who knows how to handle all that mass. Landing over 58% of his takedowns in the UFC is a testament to how explosive and technical he truly is, as everyone he fights expects the takedown to come and yet more often than not it simply does not matter (Randy Couture, Frank Mir anyone?).   

Brock’s explosive lower-body strength and wrestling background aren’t the only advantages he enjoys in the octagon. Lesnar, like Overeem, has the unique ability to withstand heavy loads of punishment from power shots by successfully shielding his face with his massive forearms.  Just ask Shane Carwin and his size 5XL gloves if he had a fun time trying to break through Lesnar’s forearm defense in the first round of their title fight before he ultimately tired out and was submitted in the second round.  Any other heavyweight would have wilted under the impressive onslaught of Carwin. Like an old-school boxer covering up with their 10 ounce gloves and allowing their opponent to tire out, Lesnar is able to form his virtual wall using bone and muscle…lots and lots of muscle. 





Alistair Overeem


“The Reem” has been on a tear the past several years as he has finally found his true calling of being a dominating heavyweight fighter.  Years before, Overeem was forced to cut weight to compete at 205 lbs., severely limiting his performances as he showed up to fights dehydrated and physically weakened. Now that he has dedicated himself to become a full-fledged heavyweight, Alistair has not looked back, since dominating everyone who has dared to stand across from him in a ring or cage.  Like Brock, Overeem effectively utilizes his immense physique and athletic abilities to the fullest, although in his own unique way (with some similarity).


Similar to Brock’s immense forearm defense, Overeem has shown that his preferred method of standup-defense is to form an impenetrable wall of mass using his giant forearms and shoulders.  While Brock has shown the ability to use this tactic while defending on the ground, Overeem has perfected this method over years of professional kickboxing. The pinnacle of which was his famed 2010 K-1 Grand Prix Championship run after finishing third in the 2009 tournament.  His mammoth shoulders act as bulletproof padding, protecting the Dutch warrior’s dashing looks before he unleashes a barrage of technical strikes to his opponents. 

To those few who still think that Overeem is only effective because of his sheer size, only need to review his 19 second long fight with Todd Duffee, who has a physical presence almost as daunting as that of Overeem's. It will become apparent the difference between size/strength and size/strength combined with world-class striking ability. 


In addition to Overeem’s standup abilities, he is equally adept at blending his strength and physique into his grappling game.  A long-time favorite of the guillotine choke off of takedown attempts, Overeem has submitted such legends as Vitor Belfort and Igor Vovchanchyn using the often-undervalued technique. Alistair’s incredibly long arms are tailor-made to cranking necks and cutting off blood supply as foes feebly try to take the 6’5" giant down. 

Winner- Alistair Overeem

While Lesnar has the advantage in the wrestling/explosive strength areas, Overeem’s longer track record of incorporating his size and strength into his striking and submission techniques give him the slight edge.  One thing is for certain; whichever competitor is able to better maximize his physique using technique will be the victor and crowned the true number one Muscle Prodigy.  



So who is the bigger freak?

Yes...Overeem is known worldwide for his physique...

Winner- Alistair Overeem


Overeem wins two of the three categories and is crowned as the bigger freak. However, we may choose elsewhere once the two giants collide at UFC 141 in less than a month. Just take a look at the promo video below. This will pump you up for the fight better than anything. Get your popcorn ready...



Don't forget to check out our article on the Top 100 Most Jacked UFC Fighters to find out where Overeem and Lesnar placed among the rest...

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