It’s Friday, which means it’s fight day. That’s right, for the first time since 2004, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will run a PPV on a Friday night instead of the usual Saturday timeslot. Coming to us live from MGM Grand Garden Arena, it’s UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will prove complete results including a round by round recap of all the live televised action.
The action kicks off at 6:45PM EST on Facebook.com/UFC with the stream of preliminary fights. Then at 9PM EST two more prelims will air on SpikeTV. Finally at 10PM EST, the main card goes live on PPV.
The last UFC event of the year will be headlined by a big time heavyweight showdown between former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem in a battle to determine the next contender to Junior dos Santos and the heavyweight belt. Also on the card is a lightweight scrap between top contenders Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone plus a welterweights Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks do battle as well.
*Note:* Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos was removed from the card due to Riddle feeling ill before the fight.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FACEBOOK)
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
PRELIMINARY CARD (SPIKETV)
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Njokuani
Round One: Njokuani used his reach well early but Castillo eventually got a hold of him and put him on the ground. Njokuani got up but Castillo kept ahold of his back standing and landed a series of knees to the thighs of Njokuani. Castillo finally got Njokuani down and on his back, but Njokuani turned into him and got up. Njokuani tried for a standing guillotine but Castillo slammed his way out of it. Njokuani got up as the round ended without taking much damage. Good first round with a slight 10-9 edge to Castillo based on grappling and control.
Round Two: Njokuani landed a solid knee as Castillo ducked under and followed it up with a couple of good punches as Castillo tried for a takedown. Njokuani stuffed a takedown, landed a couple of good knees to the body, and then broke away with a huge elbow. Njokuani rocked Castillo with a right hand and followed with a knee, but Castillo pushed through and got a takedown. Njokuani took limited damage before getting to his feet but Castillo put him back down as the round ended. Despite the end of round takedowns, Njokuani took the round 10-9 with some great striking and damage.
Round Three: Castillo scored with an early takedown but didn’t do much with it. Njokuani eventually scrambled out and up but ate a knee on the way up. Njokuani tried to mount some offense on his feet but Castillo once again put him right back down. Njokuani again got up without taking much damage and tried to end strong on his feet by pressing forward with strikes, but Castillo calmly moved away and avoided most of them. I’ll give the round 10-9 to Castillo based on his grappling and control for a 29-28 victory.
Result: Danny Castillo def. Anthony Njokuani via Split Decision
Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assunção
Round One: Assunção scored with an early takedown but Pearson immediately popped up and pressed forward with strikes. Assunção moving very well on his feet and avoiding the hands of Pearson while clinching when Pearson gets in too close. Assunção getting in and out very nicely against Pearson and throwing a lot of good kicks to the body. Pearson can’t mount much offense on the feet. Good round for Assunção, who has Pearson a little confused. 10-9 for Assunção.
Round Two: Assunção got another early takedown but Pearson was again right back up. On the feet, Assunção continued to get the better of things on the feet, making Pearson pay when he moved forward while moving away to avoid the hands of Pearson. Pearson had a chance to be on top after stuffing the takedown of Assunção but decided to let Assunção up instead. Assunção doing a nice job landing the straight left. Pearson scored with a body shot and then stumbled Assunção with a jab. Pearson turned things up with some good strikes but Assunção slowed things down with a clinch. Pearson tripped Assunção down but Assunção grabbed him as he tried to move away and then put Pearson on his back. Pearson landed some elbows off his back before scrambling up and losing out on a last second exchange. Close round but I’ll give a slight 10-9 edge to Pearson based on damage.
Round Three: Assunção caught Pearson coming in and then got a takedown. As Pearson tried to scramble up, Assunção took his back. Pearson was able to get up though. Assunção stayed on him in the clinch but couldn’t get Pearson to the ground. Pearson stayed busy in the clinch, landing short knees and punches. Every time Assunção stepped in for the takedown, Pearson made him pay with a good knee before stuffing the attempt. Pearson turned up the pressure in the final few seconds, landing some good combinations that stunned Assunção and stuffing one last takedown. Another pretty close round but I’m giving it 10-9 to Pearson based on damage and takedown defense. I have it 29-28 Pearson but, as always, you never know with judges.
Result: Ross Pearson def. Junior Assunção via Unanimous Decision
Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes
Round One: Hettes got an early takedown but Phan got up. Hettes locked up a guillotine, got Phan down, and landed a barrage of punches on the ground that had Phan in a lot of trouble. It looked like Phan was going to go out a couple of times but he kept moving and survived. Hettes continued to overwhelm him with ground and pound but Phan eventually got to his feet. Phan landed a good uppercut but Hettes again clinched and tossed Phan to the ground before moving to mount. Hettes landed a couple of elbows that cut Phan on the forehead before going for an armbar. Phan defended but ate a number of body shots in the process. Hettes ended the round in mount, pounding away on Phan. Absolutely dominating round for Hettes. I’m going to say 10-8 for Hettes.
Round Two: Hettes again got an early takedown and continued to pour it on with strikes on the ground. Phan tried a leg lock but Hettes easily avoided it and continued to pound away with strikes. After a scramble, Phan ended up on top and landed some good punches but Hettes worked to his feet and once again put Phan down. Phan got up but Hettes put him right back down and into side control. The round ended with Hettes controlling Phan against the cage. Another great round for Hettes. Not quite as dominant, but easily 10-9 in his favor.
Round Three: Hettes didn’t shoot until a minute went by, but when he wanted the takedown, he got it. Phan did a nice job getting up without taking any damage but Hettes continued to take him down at will. Hettes nearly locked up an arm triangle but Phan avoided it. Hettes stayed in mount though and landed some good punches and elbows on top. Hettes finished the round on top, swinging away and trying to finish. An absolutely dominating fight from start to finish by Hettes. He took the last round 10-9 and the fight 30-26.
Result: Jimy Hettes def. Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Round One: Slow start to the round with both men swinging and missing. Gustafsson landed a body kick and then shoved Matyushenko away as he tried to clinch. Gustafsson caught Matyushenko with a jab coming in and then followed up with a series of hammerfists on the ground. Matyushenko turtled up and the ref jumped in to stop it.
Result: Alexander Gustafsson def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks
Round One: Hendricks caught Fitch with the first left hand he threw, followed it up with another one, and Fitch was out cold. Well that was pretty unexpected. Fight lasted 12 seconds.
Result: Johny Hendricks def. Jon Fitch via KO Round 1 (Left hand)
Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Round One: Cerrone flipped off Diaz during the staredown. Cerrone charged across the cage but Diaz locked up with him. They traded knees before breaking. Diaz using his jab and putting together good combinations. Diaz scoring with the one-two almost at will. Cerrone having a tough time finding his rhythm. Diaz is picking apart Cerrone with his hands. Cerrone landing some good leg kicks but Diaz keeps throwing the one-two and connecting every time. Diaz just kept pressuring Cerrone with punches and Cerrone didn’t really have a good answer. An outstanding first round for Diaz, who takes it 10-9.
Round Two: Cerrone trips Diaz down with a leg kick but lets him down. Cerrone lands a good knee and trips Diaz down again. Diaz continues to out-box Cerrone although Cerrone is much more alive in this round. Cerrone landed a head kick and slipped, but Diaz went down as well. Both men got up and Cerrone continues to have success with the kicks. Good exchange where both men connected. Diaz with some great combinations. Cerrone keeps tripping Diaz down with kicks but isn’t following up. Diaz countered Cerrone on a kick and stumbled him. Round ends with Diaz still out-boxing Cerrone. A better round for Cerrone but Diaz still got the better of things striking and took the round 10-9.
Round Three: Diaz gave Cerrone the double bird before the round. Diaz throwing good combinations and then getting out before Cerrone can return fire. Diaz now dropping his hands after he throws. Cerrone trying to work the kicks but Diaz is dominating him with the hands. Cerrone having some success with the knee to the body. Diaz really turning it up with body shots this round. Both men just slugging it out but Diaz continues to land the more damaging blows as the round ends. A great scrap and Diaz takes the last round 10-9 and the fight 30-27. Both men embraced after the fight.
Result: Nate Diaz def. Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Round One: Lesnar got a single early but Overeem pushed him off. Overeem lands a knee to the body. Lesnar trying to use the jab. More knees to the body by Overeem. A big kick to the body hurt Lesnar and sent him down. Overeem punched him a couple of times but Lesnar covered well. Overeem went to the body with his punches and the ref stopped the fight. After the bout, Lesnar announced that he was retiring from the sport.
Result: Alistair Overeem def. Brock Lesnar via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)