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UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem

  • Nate Diaz, left, and Donald Cerrone congratulate each other after their lightweight fight at UFC 141 Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Diaz won the three round unanimous decision.

    Nate Diaz puts away Donald Cerrone and their bad blood at UFC 141

    December 31, 2011

    The feud between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 followed the same trajectory as the vast majority of grudge matches in mixed martial arts. Lingering dislike turns into full-fledged hatred a few days before the fight.

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    UFC 141 Diaz vs. Cerrone

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    UFC 141

  • Brock Lesnar gets wiped down after his bout with Alastair Overeem at UFC 141 Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Overeem won by TKO in the first round and Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC immediately after.

    UFC 141 live blog: Alistair Overeem TKOs Brock Lesnar into retirement

    December 30, 2011

    Turns out Alistair Overeem's striking really is that good. The man who has held almost every notable mixed martial arts belt except the UFC strap embarrassed former champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141 Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following an onslaught of knees and kicks to the body, Overeem finished Lesnar by TKO at 2:26 of the first round.

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    Weigh-in for UFC 141

    Weigh-in for UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday, December 29, 2011.

  • UFC President Dana White separates Nate Diaz, left, and Donald Cerrone after Diaz shoved Cerrone during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 in advance of UFC 141 on Friday.

    Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone can’t wait to fight each other

    December 29, 2011

    At his core, Nate Diaz respects UFC 141 co-main event opponent Donald Cerrone as a fighter. “I can appreciate some of his stand-up, jiu-jitsu and wrestling,” Diaz said. “He tries to fight a little bit more than the rest of the guys who get in there trying to win the rounds. That’s what you’ve got to do, but I appreciate he’s a guy who wants to fight.”

  • Heavyweight Brock Lesnar, left, and Alistair Overeem during the UFC 141 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.

    UFC 141 weigh-in: Heavyweight giants set to battle Friday night

    December 29, 2011

    The fight poster promoting UFC 141 illustrated Brock Lesnar as nine pounds heavier than main event opponent Alistiar Overeem. The difference wasn’t as significant Thursday when the two weighed in for tomorrow night’s headlining bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lesnar came in at the heavyweight limit of 266 pounds, only three more pounds than Overeem.

  • Brock Lesnar talks to the media during an open workout in advance of UFC 141 Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Lesnar will face Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem on Friday.

    Return of Brock Lesnar looms large for UFC

    December 28, 2011

    A press conference featuring Brock Lesnar usually turns into an unofficial experiment timing how long the 6-foot-5, 265-pound former heavyweight champion can keep his cool while bombarded with questions he doesn’t care to answer. It took less than five minutes Wednesday at the MGM Grand lobby. Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) broke out of his stoic pose and bit down on his lip when a reporter asked about oddsmakers installing him as an underdog at UFC 141 against Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

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    UFC 141 News Conference

  • UFC 141 breakdown, betting odds and picks

    December 28, 2011

    A near-pick’em heavyweight fight with high stakes would seemingly polarize opinions. That wasn’t the case with the Las Vegas Sun’s UFC 141 picks panel. Although Alistair Overeem enters Friday’s main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as a slight -150 (risking $1.50 to win $1) favorite, all three prognosticators sided with the +120 underdog in Brock Lesnar.

  • Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem boxes with Roberto Flamingo during an open workout in advance of UFC 141 Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Overeem will face former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar on Friday.

    Breaking down UFC 141 meeting between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem

    December 27, 2011

    The prevailing thought surrounding the UFC 141 main event Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena indicates the fight will play out in one of two ways. Option A: Brock Lesnar uses his world-class wrestling and pounds Alistair Overeem out after getting the fight to the ground. Option B: Overeem employs his elite kickboxing and buries Lesnar on the feet.

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    UFC 141 Workout

  • Jacob Volkmann, left, battles it out with Paulo Thiago during UFC 106 Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    UFC 141’s Jacob Volkmann on the rise

    December 27, 2011

    One fighter in the UFC knew about Brock Lesnar’s championship pedigree long before the rest of the organization. UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann was a teammate of Lesnar’s on the University of Minnesota wrestling team in 2000. Volkmann was a redshirt freshman the year Lesnar won a national championship. “We never hung out or anything like that,” Volkmann said. “He was very quiet and kept to himself. He’s always been the same Brock.”

  • Brock Lesnar stands on the scale during the weigh-in for UFC 116 Friday, July 2, 2010.

    UFC 141: An overview of the upcoming card in Las Vegas

    December 14, 2011

    The UFC is marketing former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem as the rare fighter who can match Brock Lesnar’s sheer size and strength. Perhaps Overeem can also go toe-to-toe with Lesnar in terms of his outspoken persona. Overeem hasn’t backed down verbally from Lesnar leading into their UFC 141 main event, scheduled for Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

  • Alistair Overeem is seen before his fight with Brett Rogers in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 15, 2010, in St. Louis. Overeem won in the first round of the match.

    Alistair Overeem granted conditional fight license after missing drug test

    December 12, 2011

    The UFC 141 main event between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem averted a near disaster Monday afternoon at a Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting. Commissioners deliberated for an hour on what to do with Overeem’s request for a fight license after the 31-year old from Holland failed to meet the specific requirements of the state’s order for an in-training drug test last month.

  • A champion again, Brock Lesnar carries his belt out of the octagon after his heavyweight title fight against Shane Carwin Saturday at UFC 116 on July 3, 2010. Lesnar won with a second-round submission.

    Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar headline UFC New Year’s card in Las Vegas

    September 6, 2011

    The UFC abruptly killed rumors surrounding two of mixed martial arts’ most feared heavyweights, Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, Tuesday afternoon. The promotion announced it had signed Overeem, the former Strikeforce champion, to a contract and booked a fight against Lesnar, a former UFC champion, for his introduction. Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at the annual New Year’s Eve weekend card, which is slated for Friday Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and expected to serve as UFC 141.