Brock Lesnar’s UFC career came to a sudden end at UFC 141 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 30 after being stopped at 2.26: of the first round by Alistair Overeem. The 31 year-old British born/Holland based fighter landed a kick to Lesnar’s liver and sent him to his knee on the octagon floor and then followed it up with a flurry of punches that were mostly blocked.
Lesnar credited Overeem after the fight for being the better man, but said he’s had a rough time of it over the past couple of years due to suffering from a disease known as diverticulitis. It was his first fight in over a year after undergoing colon surgery. He then announced that it was his last appearance in the octagon and was retiring. The former pro wrestler made a quick impact in the UFC by winning the organization’s heavyweight title in his fourth bout.
The 34-year-old Lesnar thanked Dana White and the UFC and added that if he had beaten Overeem he was going to fight just once more anyway against heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. He didn’t attend the post-fight media conference and sought medical attention for what he believed to be a broken rib instead.
The 31-year-old Overeem is a former Dream, K-1 champion, and Strikeforce champion who was making debuting in the Octagon against Lesnar. He raised his overall record to 36-11 with one no contest and is now unbeaten in his past 12 fights. It looks like he’ll be the next to face dos Santos for the title.
Dana White, president of the UFC, said he was a little stunned at Lesnar’s announcement since he had no clue the former champ was thinking about retirement. He said he understands the decision though due to his health and the fact he’s made quite a bit of money to live on.
Overeem was a slight underdog going into the fight due to his inexperience in the UFC, but he’s been fighting on the big stage for years now and obviously didn’t suffer from stage fright. He admitted that the UFC is a lot bigger than Strikeforce and K1, but he enjoyed every second of the event and the reception he received from the fans.
Overeem didn’t come out of the fight completely unscathed though as Lesnar cut his right eye early on with a superb jab. Overeem said he had a hard time seeing out of it and picked up the pace since he didn’t know how bad the cut was. He didn’t want the fight to end on a cut so a sense of urgency kicked in and it proved to be just what he needed.
He said he was a little sad that Lesnar was leaving the sport and hoped that he changes his mind. He said no matter if you love or hate Lesnar he always excites the crowd with his fighting style and statements. However, Lesnar may not be done with all combat sports since it’s been rumored that he may head back to the WWE to take part in this year’s Wrestlemania event.