Despite the news that multiple doctors have urged former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to step away from the sport of MMA due to his diverticulitis, Lesnar has opted against the advice and will return to action on Dec. 30.

In his return from his second bout with the digestive ailment, Lesnar will welcome current Strikeforce heavyweight champion and K-1 Grand Prix winner Alistair Overeem to the Octagon.  News of the fight was announced by UFC President Dana White via Twitter.

The pair is expected to headline the Las Vegas event, likely to be UFC 141.  The event will take place on a Friday, a departure from the promotion’s usual Saturday time slot.  The New Year’s holiday dictated the change in schedule.

Lesnar has been out of action since losing his belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in October of last year.  He was forced out of a planned bout with Brazilian Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 after the two fighters coached against one another on The Ultimate Fighter.

Overeem enters the UFC following his shocking departure from Strikeforce, where he was released from his contract following a decision win over Fabricio Werdum in June.  With the issues resolved, the Dutchman takes aim at the UFC belt, riding an undefeated streak that stretches back to 2007.

Photo: Brock Lesnar (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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