UFC 141 Results: Grades for Brock Lesnar and All the Main Card Fighters

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2012

UFC 141 Results: Grades for Brock Lesnar and All the Main Card Fighters

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    This past Friday night, fans got to witness the end of an era in mixed martial arts when former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar retired after suffering a TKO loss against Alistair Overeem.

    That wasn't the only lopsided fight on the card. It seemed as if the pay-per-view portion of UFC 141 had nothing but one-way action. In other words, either a fighter won big or lost horribly.

    So just how good, or bad, did the fighters perform? Let's take a look at it on a fighter-by-fighter basis and hand out some grades.


    All photo props: UFC.com

Alistair Overeem: A

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    To say Alistair Overeem had the perfect gameplan would be an understatement.

    Seriously, what would you do if you were fighting someone who was coming off of serious stomach surgery?

    If you answered "go to the body," you are correct!

    Overeem went to Brock Lesnar's body with near perfection. He punched, kneed and kicked until Lesnar crumbled from the punishment Overeem was dishing out.

    Due to his handiwork, not only did Overeem send Lesnar into retirement, but he also earned a shot against champion Junior dos Santos at an event to come.

Nate Diaz: A-

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    Every fight, Nate Diaz starts to look a little more like his older brother, Nick Diaz.

    Diaz use the pitter-patter boxing that his big brother made famous to work over Donald Cerrone over the course of three rounds. While he was never overly-dominant, it was very clear throughout the fight who was winning.

    Donald Cerrone may have flipped the first bird, but it was Diaz who was flipping two by the end of the fight.

Jon Fitch: F

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    When you're on a winning streak like Jon Fitch was on, you would have a legitimate gripe about not getting a title shot. Granted, watching most of Fitch's fights are painful to the eyes, but he wins.

    Well, he used to win until he met up with Johny Hendricks.

    It took only 12 seconds for Fitch to be laid out and shoot in for a double-leg takedown on the referee.

    Following this loss, you can bet the house that Fitch will have to win a lot and win impressively in order to even be in talks for a title shot.

Alexander Gustafsson: A

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    Vladimir Matyushenko isn't a scrub. He's been around for quite a while and is as tough as they come. So if you can defeat him in nearly the same fashion as Jon Jones did, that is saying something.

    It may have taken him a tad bit longer, but Alexander Gustafsson got rid of Matyushenko about as impressively as you can get rid of someone without knocking them out within the first few seconds of the round.

    The light heavyweight division better take notice, because this kid from Sweden is for real.

Johny Hendricks: A+

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    There were those out there who thought that putting Johny Hendricks up against Jon Fitch was like slapping Fitch in the face.

    Where are those people now?

    Hendricks had a little chip on his shoulder and wanted to prove that he, in fact, was on the same level as Fitch. 

    Hendricks wasted no time, as he blasted Fitch with a left hand that sent him down and out. It looks like there's a new welterweight that you better keep your eye on.

Nam Phan: F-

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    It has been a long time since my college days, so I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an F-. If there isn't, I'm creating it right now.

    Nam Phan took the phrase "getting owned" to a completely new level against Jimy Hettes.

    Seriously, I may be wrong—and I usually am—but I cannot remember anyone losing by a combined 14 points in a three-round mixed martial arts fight.

    What else is there left to say?

Vladimir Matyushenko: F

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    One step forward, two steps back. That seems to be the story of Vladimir Matyushenko's career.

    Every time Matyushenko starts to climb the ranks, there is always someone there to push him back down. First it was Vernon Forrest. Then came Tito Ortiz, followed by Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jon Jones, and now Alexander Gustafson.

    While Matyushenko is still a game competitor, it seems pretty clear that he is no longer a threat to anyone in the top 10 of the light heavyweight division.

Jimy Hettes: A

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    Jimy Hettes probably dished out the worst beatdowns of the year. The only thing he could have done better is to finish off Nam Phan.

    But what is better—finishing off your opponent, or winning by two touchdowns?

    Call me crazy, but winning by 14 points on the scorecards sends a better message than getting an easy finish.

    As is the case with Alexander Gustafsson, there is a new kid in town that you better keep your eye on. It may be early to crown him, but it looks like a new force in the featherweight division has arrived.

Brock Lesnar: F

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    Many wondered if Brock Lesnar would really come back as the force that he was when he first entered the UFC. But despite the unknown, fans still picked Lesnar to defeat Alistair Overeem.

    If they put money on it, there are plenty of sports books who are laughing very hard right now.

    This was the worst Lesnar we have ever seen in action. He looked as if he had the "deer in the headlights" thing going on when Overeem came storming at him.

    Lesnar fell to the mat after a massive barrage to the body from Overeem, and was quick to announce his retirement in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

    Given Lesnar's competitive nature, don't be surprised if you see Lesnar in the Octagon again.

Donald Cerrone: D+

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    Yes, Donald Cerrone is the only losing fighter from this card to not get an F.


    Because someone could make a case that he actually won a round.

    If someone was looking for a round to give Cerrone, it would be the second. In that round, Cerrone used his Muay Thai kicks to send Diaz on his backside multiple times. Though most believed that Diaz won the round, there was one judge who thought seeing Diaz on his butt without taking much damage was enough to give Cerrone the round.

    After taking the lightweight division by storm, it appears that Cerrone now has yet another uphill climb to reach the top of the division.