UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem.
MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
The nights pay per view card opened up with a lightweight encounter between TUF vet Nam Phan (17-11) and Jimy Hettes (10-0)
Mr Hettes dominated the versatile Nam from start to finish, each and every round we witnessed Jimy's impressive grappling skill set as he took Mr Phan to the ground when ever he felt like via beautiful Judoka throws and trips mixing it up with slick BJJ.
An undefeated record and the win over Nam Phan surely secures Jimy a tasty fight in 2012.
Alexander Gustafsson (13-1) vs Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6) was next up for us MMA fanatics.
Alexander disposed of MMA veteran Vladimir certifying his position as a fast rising prospect in the light heavyweight division.
The fight went pretty smoothly for Mr Gustafsson as he established his range early leaving 'The Janitor' incapable of getting inside to land anything in the striking department and when Vladimir did attempt to rush the young Swede he ran straight into a jab which dropped him the canvas. Mr Gustafsson landed a couple of blows to a curled up Vlad before referee Yves Lavigne stopped the action.
Alexander looks to have a promising year ahead in 2012!
Jon Fitch (26-4-1, 1nc) returned to face Johny Hendricks (12-1) in what will be his first fight since his draw against the now retired BJ Penn in February of this year.
A short lived appearance it was as Mr Hendricks disposed of the usual granite chinned Fitch within 12 seconds of the opening round.
One big over hand left from Johny planted right on the chin of Mr Fitch rendered him semi conscious followed swiftly by another left while on the ground resulted in referee Steve Mazzagatti stopping the fight.
Johny Hendricks is a juggernaut who has steamrolled through nearly every opponent put in his way and the victory over Jon Fitch puts his name firmly in the top section of the welterweight division.
Co-main event fell into the hands of Stockton's MMA bad boy Nate Diaz (15-7) and aspiring pro bull rider Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone (17-4, 1nc) in what had all the makings to be a fight of the night if the pre fight antics (Press conference and weigh inns are worth a watch) were anything to go off.
Coming into the fight a lot of people underestimated Nate Diaz, some even flat counted him out when it was booked and Cerrone seemed to have the support of the critics and the fans alike. Nate however proved the cynics wrong by delivering an outstanding performance against an overwhelmed Cerrone.
Donald Cerrone was sure to see himself in the title picture with a win, will Nate be given the same opportunity after this impressive victory!?
The nights main attraction came in the shape of heavyweights monsters Brock Lesnar (5-3) and Alistair Overeem (36-11, 1nc).
During the build up London born Alistair Overeem stated he would attempt to deliver a 1st round finish and if he couldn't, he promised a 2nd round stoppage.
Mr Overeem certainly didn't disappoint the fans as he forced a stoppage victory on 2 minutes 26 seconds of the 1st round. Brock attempted to take Alistair to the floor once and he failed in doing so putting himself in a very venerable position, he was standing with 1 of the worlds elite strikers and he was clearly out of his depth!
The stoppage came via a tasty kick to the stomach which put Mr Lesnar on his knees, it was obvious the pain was to much for the former UFC heavyweight to withstand, post fight Brock announced his retirement which will affect UFC president Dana White bank balance and UFC pay per view buys.
Alistair is next in line to face UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in what will be a extremely entertaining fight as both men prefer to stand and bang!
Full card/results below:
Alistair Overeem def. Brock Lesnar via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:26
Nate Diaz def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Johny Hendricks def. Jon Fitch via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 0:12
Alexander Gustafsson def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:13
Jim Hettes def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Ross Pearson def. Junior Assuncao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Danny Castillo def. Anthony Njokuani via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dong Hyun Kim def. Sean Pierson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jacob Volkmann def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Nunes def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
What a cracking card to end the year, next up is UFC 142 in Rio, Brazil.
Champ Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes (Featherweight Title)
Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares
Carlo Prater vs. Erick Silva
Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle
Caio Magalhaes vs. Fabio Maldonado
Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio "Pato" Carvalho
UFC 141 Lesnar vs Overeem - Review & Analysisby Jay Ledsham. Published Sun 01 Jan 2012 18:21
UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem.