Upsets were abundant on the UFC 141 fight card, with MMA veterans like Nate Diaz, Jon Fitch and Jim Hettes putting on the best performances of their careers. Here are the results of the UFC 141 fight card, held on Dec. 30, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV:
Alistair Overeem defeats Brock Lesnar
The “Demolition Man” lived up to his moniker, stuffing a Lesnar takedown and later sending the former UFC champion to the canvas with a vicious liver kick. Overeem followed up with a flurry of punches, bringing the UFC 141 main event to an end in less than three minutes. After the fight, Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA.
Nate Diaz defeats Donald Cerrone
The UFC 141 co-main event between Diaz and Cerrone lived up to expectations, giving MMA fans a fight they won’t soon forget. Diaz outclassed Cerrone with his boxing in the first round, consistently connecting with crisp combinations. Cerrone fought better in the second round, connecting with powerful low kicks that slowed Diaz’ assault. The third round was all Diaz, and all three judges gave him the nod.
Johny Hendricks defeats Jon Fitch
Hendricks pulled off the upset of the night, catching Fitch with a huge overhand left, and ending the fight in only 12 seconds.
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Vladimir Matyushenko
After a brief feeling out period, Gustafsson caught Matyushenko with a jab, sending the veteran MMA fighter to the canvas. Gustafsson immediately pounced on his downed opponent, punishing him with a barrage of punches and forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight.
Jim Hettes defeats Nam Phan
Hettes looked amazing right from the start of their UFC 141 encounter, imposing his will on Phan, and consistently getting him to the ground. Hettes was just as relentless on the ground, punishing Phan with some accurate ground-and-pound and securing a few close submissions. The Octagon-side judges scored the fight, 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26, giving Hettes the unanimous decision. Very impressive performance by the 24 year old Hettes and the UFC clearly has a new star in the featherweight division.
Ross Pearson defeats Junior Assuncao (unanimous decision)
Danny Castillo defeats Anthony Njokuani (split decision)
Dong Hyun Kim defeats Sean Pierson (unanimous decision)
Jacob Volkmann defeats Efrain Escudero (unanimous decision)
Diego Nunes defeats Manny Gamburyan (unanimous decision)