Lesnar opened the bout with several leg kicks, but Overeem quickly took control with several powerful knees to the body. A kick to the body sent Lesnar to the ground where he tried to cover up, but Overeem blasted him with punches to force referee Mario Yamasaki to call the fight.
Overeem improves to 36-11 after a successful UFC debut for the former Strikeforce champion and will be the first challenger for dos Santos’ title in the new year, while Lesnar retired following the loss with a 5-3 MMA record.
Nate Diaz outpointed lightweight rival Donald Cerrone in UFC 141’s co-main event, while the UFC 141 main card also saw Johny Hendricks knock out Jon Fitch in just 12-seconds, Alexander Gustafsson score a first-round TKO of Vladimir Matyushenko, and Jim Hettes dominate Nam Phan. All five UFC 141 prelims went to decision, with Ross Pearson and Danny Castillo earning featured wins.
The complete UFC 141 results were:
- Alistair Overeem def. Brock Lesnar via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:26
- Nate Diaz def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Johny Hendricks def. Jon Fitch via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:12
- Alexander Gustafsson def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:13
- Jim Hettes def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
- Ross Pearson def. Junior Assuncao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Danny Castillo def. Anthony Njokuani via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Dong Hyun Kim def. Sean Pierson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jacob Volkmann def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Diego Nunes def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Note: Matt Riddle became ill before UFC 141 and his bout against Luis Ramos was scratched from the card
More UFC 141 coverage:
- Brock Lesnar Retires After UFC 141 Loss to Alistair Overeem
- UFC 141 Results: Alistair Overeem Demolishes Brock Lesnar for First-Round TKO
- UFC 141 Results: Nate Diaz Outpoints Donald Cerrone in Co-Main Event
- UFC 141 Results: Hendricks, Gustafsson, and Hettes Score Main Card Wins
- UFC 141 Results: Pearson, Castillo Win Preliminary Card Decisions
- UFC 141 Play-by-Play
Pictured: Alistair Overeem