UFC 141 Results Recap: Alistair Overeem batters Brock Lesnar into RetirementPosted on December 31, 2011, 01:11 AM by Joey Santosus
The UFC delivered it's final card of the year in UFC 141, offering an exciting line-up tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar suffered his second consecutive loss, crumpling under heavy body shots delivered by Alistair Overeem in the headlining bout. Top Lightweight contender Nate Diaz took another step up the ladder, defeating Donald Cerrone in the co-main event, while Johny Hendricks needed just 12-seconds to knockout former title challenger Jon Fitch. Also victorious was rising prospect Alexander Gustafsson, dispatching of Vladimir Matyushenko in the opening-round, as well as Jimy Hettes, who dominated Nam Phan to pick up a unanimous decision win.
The UFC awarded generous $75,000 bonuses to the night's top performers, who were announced by Dana White immediately following the event.
Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Knockout of the Night: Johny Hendricks
Submission of the Night: N/A
Notes and Questions Following UFC 141
- Will the world ever see Brock Lesnar's face again? As one of the most unsocial, anti-media figures in the public eye, will the former UFC Champion hide away at his ranch in Minnesota? Maybe kill some animals, drink a Coors Lite, and exchange - "hugs" - with his wife? Or should we expect to see him dropping guys in tights on their heads again in the WWE? What about that FOX analysis gig, that didn't go so bad either, right?
- Which of the Diaz brothers are the better boxer? After coming up in Nick's shadow, Nate made it clear tonight, with his dominant victory over Donald Cerrone, that he is more than just the "Stockton Bad Boy's" less accomplished younger brother. Nate battered Cerrone from the opening bell to the waning moments of the bout, smothering the Muay Thai striker with a barrage of combos. Though it would be a pipe dream to expect the two siblings to square off, I sure wouldn't mind being a fly on the wall for a Diaz brothers sparring session.
- What's next for Johny Hendricks? I'm not sure if this guy has ever considered taking a nickname, but I have a feeling that, to Dana White, he'll now be known as Johny "The Excedrin" Hendricks. Fitch has long been considered the consensus number-two Welterweight in the world, second only to division Champion Georges St. Pierre. But, with a one-sided loss to the Canadian already on his record, which was then following by a string of lackluster decision wins, there weren't many fans eager to fork out their hard earned cash to see the AKA product challenge GSP for a second time. Problem solved.
LowKick.com UFC 141 Main Card Awards
Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone. This award was all but handed to Diaz and Cerrone before the fight ever got underway. Two of the most game fighters in the business, nevermind the division, squaring off for a ticket into the Lightweight title mix? Then Nate knocks his cowboy hat off at the presser? We all knew it would be fireworks, and that's exactly what it was.
Performance of the Night: I've got to give this one to Jim Hettes. Who you ask? Exactly. If choking out TUF 12 villian, Alex Caceres, in his octagon debut wasn't enough to make you a fan, perhaps his complete domination of Nam Phan in tonight's main card opener might do the trick.
Finish of the Night: I'm torn here between "The Alleviator", Johny Hendricks, and Alistair Overeem. But, when you knee a man in the stomach so hard that it makes him reconsider his entire career path, I think you deserve some accolades. "The Reem" was impressive in his long-awaited debut, and his showdown with Junior dos Santos is already one of the most anticipated of 2012.
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