December 31, 2011
Overeem sends Lesnar into retirement
By Neil Springer, QMI Agency
Brock Lesnar retired from mixed martial arts after suffering a first-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 in Las Vegas Friday.
“My hat's off to Alistair Overeem,” said Lesnar, who returned after having 12 inches of his colon removed to treat diverticulitis. “I've had a really difficult couple years with my disease. I will officially say tonight will be the last night you see me in the octagon.
“Brock Lesnar is officially retired. I promised my wife and my kids if I won I would have taken my title shot and that would have been my last fight.”
Lesnar never really got off in the bout. After a few failed takedown attempts, Overeem could sense the fight was his and immediately began stalking the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Lesnar was visibly hurt after a stiff knee to the gut and Overeem picked up the pace, backing Lesnar against the cage. Overeem then dropped Lesnar with a kick to the liver and unloaded with punches for the win.
“First or second round – I promised,” Overeem said. “I train that technique a lot. Brock is an excellent wrestler, so I had to step up my game.”
Overeem has now earned a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
“JDS is next,” Overeem said. “I promise you guys.”
The co-main event saw Nate Diaz win a thrilling unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone in one of the best fights of the year.
Diaz immediately took it to Cerrone, landing a barrage of straight punches to the former WEC fighter's jaw. After a very one-sided first round, Cerrone was visibly bleeding from his mouth.
Cerrone looked crisper in the second, landing hard kicks and tripping Diaz to the mat. But it was clear he wanted no part of the ground game, allowing Diaz back to his feet. The third saw Diaz continue to punish Cerrone, who kept moving forward while attempting to time counter punches.
“I trained hard,” Diaz said. “I got poked in the eye with fist a couple times, so I hope it didn't look too sloppy.”
A disappointed Cerrone admitted the cut was originally the result of getting accidentally struck by horse prior to the fight.
“I got head-butted by my horse and it split my lip,” Cerrone said. “I promise to fight my ass off every time. That's all I got.”
Johny Hendricks delivered a stunning 12-second knockout against Jon Fitch.
Hendricks absolutely blasted Fitch with a vicious straight left that sent the former welterweight title challenger tumbling to the mat. Referee Steve Mazzagatti immediately jumped in to prevent Fitch from taking any unnecessary damage.
“I feel awesome,” Hendricks said. “What do I tell people in every interview? I have a big left hand and everyone has been counting me out. I knew if I landed it I could lay him out.”
The victory is Hendricks' third in a row after dropping a close decision to Rick Story a year ago. The loss marks Fitch's first knockout defeat since his fourth pro bout against Wilson Gouveia nine years ago.
Alexander Gustafsson made quick work of tough veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.
Matyushenko was hesitant early on and oddly chose to stick to the outside on the much larger Gustafsson. Near the two minute mark, he attempted to charge in with punches, but was flattened by a stiff jab from the Swedish striker.
Gustafsson unloaded with punches on the mat to seal the deal.
“I was prepared for three long rounds,” Gustafsson said. “He's a tough guy. I look up to him.
“I've got the biggest win of my life.”
Jim Hettes mauled Nam Phan en route to a one-sided unanimous decision.
Hettes took Phan down at will and unloaded with vicious ground-and-pound throughout the bout's duration.
Despite receiving numerous big punches and elbows, Phan was able to defend enough to prevent referee Herb Dean from stopping the fight. But unfortunately, he was nothing more than a punching bag for Hettes, who is now 10-0 as a professional fighter.
In one of the most bizarre moments of the year, Jacob Volkmann called out U.S. President Barack Obama for a second time following his unanimous decision victory over Efrain Escudero.
Volkmann, who survived a deep north-south choke in the third round, claimed Obama is in need of a 'glassectomy,' a fake procedure.
“Ask me what a glassectomy is, Joe," Volkmann said to interviewer Joe Rogan. “It's where they remove the belly button and put in a piece of glass so you can see what you're doing while your head's up your ass.”
That choke must have been tighter than we thought.
In January, the registered chiropractor claimed he wanted to fight Obama over his healthcare policy.
Alistair Overeem def. Brock Lesnar via first-round TKO (kick and punches)
Nate Diaz def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Johny Hendricks def. Jon Fitch via first-round KO (punch)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Vladimir Matyushenko via first-round TKO (punches)
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)