UFC 141 is taking place on Friday night with the main event set to feature Minnesota native Brock Lesnar taking on Alistair Overeem in a match-up that will determine the next contender for the heavyweight championship match. Weigh ins took place on Thursday night with a live streaming video being provided on the Ultimate Fighting Championship's official website.
Lesnar weighed in at 266 pounds while Overeem, a Dutch kickboxer, tipped the scales at 263 pounds for the heavyweight match-up. Lesnar, a former University of Minnesota wrestler and current resident of Alexandria, Minn., has extensive Minnesota ties as he also spent a short time with the Minnesota Vikings as a special teams player.
The MMA veteran nearly needed to retire after a second bout with diverticulitis in May, but was able to recover enough in order to take Friday night's fight.
"I will tell you one thing, I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of my fight career," Lesnar said. "This is something that I believe, and I have strong faith, that there's a solution to every problem. I just have to find a solution to fix this problem. I love this sport and I love what I do. This isn't the end of Brock Lesnar. This is a speed bump in the road."
With a victory on Friday night, Lesnar would be in line to fight UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. Lesnar lost his heavyweight title in a match with Cain Velasquez who then lost it to Dos Santos.