Written By: AJ Hoffman
UFC 141 saw it all. From big finishes to grueling decisions to a retirement. The fights were outstanding, and they are recapped below.
Alistair Overeem Crushes Lesnar With Body Shots, Earns Title Shot
Alistair Overeem looked outstanding in his UFC debut, landing body shots and avoiding takedowns against Brock Lesnar. A kick to the liver midway through the first round dropped Lesnar, and Overeem followed up with punches to earn the stoppage. Lesnar announced after the fight that it would be his last, as he was retiring from MMA.
Overeem def. Lesnar by TKO (RD 1)
Nate Diaz Outboxes Cowboy En Route To Unanimous Decision
Most people thought that Nate DIaz’s only chance of winning this fight was to get it to the ground. He didn’t need to. Diaz out-struck Cerrone 258-66 according to Compustrike, bloodying and battering him for three rounds. Cerrone landed some leg kicks in the last two rounds, sweeping Diaz’s legs, but never followed up with ground and pound. Diaz took it on the scorecards 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. The loss snapped a 6 fight win streak for Cerrone.
Diaz def. Cerrone by UD
Johny Hendricks Makes Quick Work Of Jon Fitch
Johny Hendricks just put the prettiest feather yet into his career hat, with a 12 second knockout of perennial contender Jon Fitch. Fitch missed with a few range finders and got floored by the first punch from Hendricks. Fitch was out and tried to wrestle Steve Mazzagatti after the stoppage. Impressive win by Hendricks.
Hendricks def. Fitch by KO (RD 1)
Alexander Gustafsson Steps Up 205 Ladder, Stops Matyushenko
Alex Gustafsson showed why he is one of the top prospects in the light heavyweight division by beating Vladimir Matyushenko in the first round. Gustafsson did a lot of twitching but threw a left jab just as Matyushenko rushed in. The veteran hit the mat, and Gustafsson pounced with ground and pound and got the stoppage just over a minute into the first round.
Gustafsson def. Matyushenko by TKO (RD 1)
Jimy Hettes Dominates Nam Phan In Lopsided Decision
Jimy Hettes beat up, controlled and smashed Nam Phan for three rounds. All three rounds were essentially mirror images of the same ass whipping. Hettes got takedowns when he wanted, maintained dominant positions and landed good ground and pound. Phan had no answers, and the judges scored it unanimously for Hettes, with scores of 30-26, 30-25 and 30-25.
Hetes def. Phan by UD
Diego Nunes def. Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos- BOUT SCRATCHED
Jacob Volkmann def. Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Dong Hyun Kim def. Sean Pierson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Danny Castillo def. Anthony Njokuani by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ross Pearson def. Junior Assuncao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)