“UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem” Post-Fight Press Conference Notes

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

UFC Alistair Overeem

For those of you who were too lazy to sit through 48 minutes of Q&A, we’ve taken the liberty of jotting down the key points from the “UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem” post-fight press conference for your convenience.

UFC president Dana White, Alistair Overeem, Jim Hettes, Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, Johny Hendricks and Alexander Gustafsson all faced the firing squad.

Here’s what went down at the presser:

According to White, 12,158 fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 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 thought Lesnar was going to win. He admits to being wrong about how good Overeem is.

Cerrone says he never thought about trying to plant Diaz on his back. He “wanted to play” and simply got outboxed.

Cerrone denies that his torrid 2011 schedule was the reason he lost.

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

Diaz didn’t call anyone out. He just wants to face the best.

Gustafsson wasn’t pushing for a title fight.

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.

White couldn’t have been more pleased with the co-main event.

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

White says 2011 was the best year in UFC history (Please see FOX broadcasting deal).

Overeem claims he predicted the result to his fiancee earlier in the evening, “I said first I’m going to do this, then that, then finish with a liver kick.”

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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