Brock Lesnar calls it quits after opening round TKO loss at UFC 141

The UFC always likes to end the year on a big note and appropriately enough they’ve delivered one of the largest fights possible, both literally and figuratively, as hulking heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar mixed it up in the main event at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem with top contendership on the line. Each man measures in at over 6’3” and weighed in within a few pounds of the 265-tick limit.

UFC 141 also featured an increasingly incredible pairing between lightweights Donald Cerrone-Nate Diaz who are polished competitors with a “don’t give a bleep” attitude and simmering animosity. In addition to bragging rights, Cerrone was on the cusp of a title-shot while Diaz was looking to re-assert himself as 155er to watch after notching another impressive win over a game opponent.

In the end Diaz came away with his hand raised with superior stand-up assisting in a dominating first frame followed up by two solid stanzas en route to a Unanimous Decision victory. The performance halted a six-fight streak for Cerrone and was Diaz’s second straight since returning to the lightweight division.

The main event featured former champ Lesnar looking relatively amateurish, clearly showing signs of wear-and-tear, as he got picked apart for a few minutes before eventually hitting the mat due to a well-placed body kick. Overeem pounded Lesnar out to earn a title-shot and also apparently retired the former WWE superstar who said his fighting days were over after the loss.

Check below for a rundown of UFC 141 results:

Diego Nunes def. Manvel Gamburyan via Unanimous Decision
Jacob Volkmann def. Efrain Escudero via Unanimous Decision
Dong Hyun Kim def. Sean Pierson via Unanimous Decision
Danny Castillo def. Anthony Njokuani via Split Decision
Ross Pearson def. Junior Assunção via Unanimous Decision
Jimy Hettes def. Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision
Alexander Gustafsson def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Johny Hendricks def. Jon Fitch via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Nate Diaz def. Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Alistair Overeem def. Brock Lesnar via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)

* – Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos was removed from the card after Riddle fell ill in warm-ups

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