From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, UFC 141 is now underway. Bleacher Report will provide live coverage of the entire fight card. Quick results will be shown below, while in-depth recaps and analysis of every fight will be available on the following pages of this slideshow.
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Overeem defeats Lesnar by technical knockout (body kick and punches) at of the first round.
Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Diaz defeats Cerrone by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks
Hendricks defeats Fitch by knockout (punch) at 0:20 of the first round.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Gustafsson defeats Matyushenko by technical knockout (punches) at 2:13 of the first round.
Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes
Hettes defeats Phan by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assunção
Pearson defeats Assuncao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Anthony Njokuani vs. Danny Castillo
Castillo defeats Njokuani by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson
Kim defeats Pierson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero
Volkmann defeats Escudero by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Manvel Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes
Nunes defeats Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Alistair Overeem defeats Brock Lesnar by technical knockout (body kick and punches) at of the first round.
With a rather easy victory over Lesnar, Overeem has finally proven himself as one of the top heavyweights in the world. As a result, Overeem will take on UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Following the defeat, Lesnar announced he would be retiring from the sport. Had he won, Lesnar also would have earned a shot at dos Santos, but the former heavyweight champion showed no improvement in his striking and was unable to take Overeem to the ground.
This brings a close to one of the great chapters in MMA history. Like him or not, Lesnar helped take the sport to a new level and likely had a hand in the time it took for the UFC to earn a network television deal with Fox.
Nate Diaz defeats Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
As is usual for their appearances, Diaz and Cerrone produced an all-out war that didn't disappoint fans at UFC 141.
Cerrone began landing with kicks in the second round, but he couldn't overcome a dominant first round in which Diaz's boxing looked outstanding. Like his brother, who will be fighting for the interim welterweight title in 2012, Diaz is now on a path toward the top of his divisions.
In his fifth fight of 2011, Cerrone appeared to come out fighting with too much emotion. Diaz countered Cerrone's wild start by pressing the action himself. The loss not only ended Cerrone's six-fight winning streak, but it put a dent in his title hopes, though that's not something "Cowboy" seems very concerned with.
What Cerrone is concerned with is putting on entertaining fights, and he certainly did that on several occasions in 2011.
Johny Hendricks defeats Jon Fitch by knockout (punch) at 0:20 of the first round.
Although few have considered him a serious contender in the welterweight division, two-time NCAA champion Hendricks showed his world-class ability by knocking out highly-ranked Fitch at UFC 141.
It took just 20 seconds for Hendricks to put Fitch's lights out with an overhand left.
With such a quick finish of a fighter previously considered the second best welterweight in the world, Hendricks makes an immediate jump to the elite ranks of the 170-pound division.
For Fitch, the loss brings about the end of any hopes for a title shot in the near future. A move to middleweight may be in the cards.
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Vladimir Matyushenko by technical knockout (punches) at 2:13 of the first round.
Gustafsson continued his run up the light heavyweight ladder by quickly disposing of Matyushenko in the first round of their fight at UFC 141.
As Matyushenko looked to close distance, Gustafsson caught the veteran with a jab. "The Janitor" buckled to the canvas and Gustafsson pounced for the finish.
Since moving to Alliance MMA to train with former opponent Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson has seemed to improve drastically. Four straight wins now have Gustafsson on the brink of becoming a consensus top 10 205-pounder.
Jim Hettes defeats Nam Phan by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
At UFC 141, Hettes made a statement by remaining undefeated in 10 professional fights with a dominant performance against Phan.
The 24-year-old Hettes easily took Phan to the canvas and threatened with submissions. The up-and-comer also looked close to finishing Phan with accurate and relentless ground and pound throughout the bout.
As always, Phan showed incredible toughness, as he became the first of Hettes' opponents to reach the scorecards. However, Phan has now lost three of his past four fights and will need to turn things around soon.
Hettes, on the other hand, appears to be a legitimate future title contender. The youngster faded somewhat after a lopsided first round, but his dangerous ground game makes him a tough fight for most featherweights.
Ross Pearson defeats Junior Assuncao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
It wasn't a flawless performance, and he still showed some holes in his takedown defense, but Pearson made a successful transition to the featherweight division by ending Junior Assuncao's seven-fight winning streak.
Assuncao started out extremely conservative, but the Brazilian was able to take Pearson to the ground multiple times throughout the fight. However, most known for his jiu-jitsu skills, Assuncao wasn't able to take advantage of that positioning.
Pearson made Assuncao pay by scoring with combinations to the body. In the second round, Pearson also rocked his opponent with a stiff jab. The Englishman did enough to pick up the victory, but he will need to continue improving his wrestling if he wants to become a contender at 145 pounds.
Danny Castillo defeats Anthony Njokuani by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
In a classic striker versus wrestler matchup, Njokuani and Castillo each found some success implementing their respective game plans. In the end, it was Castillo's wrestling slightly outweighed Njokuani's technical striking on the scorecards.
Although a portion of the crowd in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena voiced their displeasure with the decision, Castillo told UFC commentator Joe Rogan that he didn't see the outcome as controversial.
Castillo has now won back-to-back fights, while Njokuani continued his pattern of alternating wins and losses for his past five fights.
Dong Hyun Kim defeats Sean Pierson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Although he walked away with a decision victory, Kim's performance against Pierson at UFC 141 was somewhat of a disappointment.
A la Lyoto Machida against Randy Couture, Kim did rock Pierson with a spectacular front kick in the second round, but the Korean wasn't nearly as dominant throughout the rest of the fight. In the first round, Kim even gave up his back after failing to complete a hip toss.
In the end, Kim got himself back into the win column after losing to Carlos Condit in his previous fight. However, many expected Kim to earn a more lopsided win and show off his skill set against an opponent who has now lost two straight fights..
Jacob Volkmann defeats Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Volkmann continued to show he is among the best grapplers in the lightweight division by completely outclassing Escudero on the ground at UFC 141. In each of the three rounds, Escudero attempted to counter early takedown attempts with guillotine chokes.
Every time, Volkmann easily moved to side control and fought off the submission attempt. From there, the fighter who infamously called out Barack Obama was able to control Escudero.
In the closing moments of the bout, Escudero came dangerously close to pulling off a come-from-behind submission. However, Volkmann survived to the final bell and took a well-deserved decision victory, his fifth straight win.
After winning five of his six fights since being released from the UFC, Escudero made his return to the Octagon at UFC 141. Although the outcome wasn't what the former TUF winner would have hoped for, he should get another shot to keep his spot on the UFC roster.
Diego Nunes defeats Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Three straight losses often lead to a fighter's release from the UFC, but Gamburyan's past two defeats have come in closely-contested match-ups. Gamburyan voiced his displeasure over his previous loss to Tyson Griffin, and the former TUF contestant also appeared to disagree with the judges decision for his UFC 141 bout with Nunes.
While Gamburyan may not have been in agreement, Nunes did seem to be the better fighter on Friday night.
In the opening round of their fight, Nunes was able to fight from the outside and quickly escape after the one takedown that Gamburyan was able to secure. Facing a noticeable reach disadvantage, Gamburyan needed to close the distance to find more success against Nunes.
A Gamburyan right hand rocked Nunes in the second round, which allowed the Armenian to take the fight to the ground and win the frame. A few more right hands landed to the temple of Nunes in the third stanza, but the Brazilian scored more often in the final round with a barrage of kicks.
With his victory over Gamburyan, Nunes has now won four of his past fight fights, with his only loss coming against perennial contender Kenny Florian. Because he was competitive in his appearance against Florian, Nunes could be a win or two from being considered a serious contender to the featherweight crown.