“UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem” Results and Recap

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 31st, 2011

Brock Lesnar Alistair Overeem UFC Presser 141

“UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem” took place Friday night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alistair Overeem made his highly-anticipated big league debut in spectacular fashion by quickly putting Brock Lesnar down in the night’s featured contest. Lesnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts following his second straight loss.

The co-main event between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone lived up to all expectations. The lightweights battled for 15 action-packed minutes to earn ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Diaz used his much-improved boxing skills to snap “Cowboy’s” torrid 2011 run.

Quick Results (Play-by-Play):

Preliminary Bouts:

Diego Nunes Defeated Manny Gamburyan via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jacob Volkmann Defeated Efrain Escudero via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dong Hyun Kim Defeated Sean Pierson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Danny Castillo Defeated Anthony Njokuani via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Ross Pearson Defeated Junior Assuncao via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Main Bouts:

Jim Hettes Defeated Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (Strikes) at 2:13 in the 1stRound

Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (Strikes) at 2:13 in the 1stRound

Nate Diaz Defeated Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Alistair Overeem Defeated Brock Lesnar via TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 in the 1stRound

Fight Night Bonuses:

Fight of the Night:

Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone ($75,000/each)

Knockout of the Night:

Johny Hendricks ($75,000)

Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:

According to UFC president Dana White, 12,158 fans packed the area, garnering a live gate of $3.1 million.

Brock Lesnar did not attend the presser and Overeem arrived late to get stitches over his right eye.

White was unsure where the win puts Nate Diaz in the lightweight standings.

White had no idea Lesnar was going to retire if he lost, but he’s not surprised because he’s made a lot of money.

Just like with Cain Velasquez’s faulty game plan against Junior dos Santos, White was baffled Lesnar wasn’t more aggressive in trying to secure a takedown.

White’s thoughts on Johny Hendricks’ performance, “Holy S***.” He’s legit.

Donald Cerrone admitted Diaz got into his head and he should have kicked more.

White’s response when asked if Lesnar could now go to the WWE, “When you retire, you retire under contract. I’ve had my moments with Brock, but we’ve had a great relationship. We’ll figure it out.”

Cerrone said Diaz apologized for knocking his cowboy hat off at the pre-fight press conference and that’s why he gave him his beanie after the fight.

Dana won’t try to convince Lesnar out of retirement. He said Brock thought his ribs were broken after the bout.

Overeem thought Lesnar was a little predictable.

The former Strikeforce champ thought Lesnar became a timid fighter after eating knees to the body.

Overeem didn’t find out about the Nevada State Athletic Commission holding his purse in escrow until it was asked (by yours truly) at the presser. He had no comment.

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