Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/31/11

Alistair Overeem beat Brock Lesnar by first-round TKO in their UFC 141 fight in Las Vegas Friday night, leading to Brock’s announcement that he was retiring.

The fight went about the way I expected, and it ended exactly how Overeem predicted: with a hard leg kick to the liver. Lesnar was hesitant to shoot on Overeem and take to the fight to the ground where he’d have the advantage. The hesitation allowed Overeem to go to work with his striking and stand-up game.

Brock had no defense for Alistair’s Muay Thai knees and hard leg kicks which led to the stoppage. It was a kick straight to the liver that did all the damage, and Brock told Dana White after the fight that he thought he had a few broken ribs.

Lesnar has now lost two fights in a row since his fast rise to UFC Heavyweight Champion. He became UFC champ in just his fourth professional fight — an incredible feat. At 34 years old and recovering from intestinal surgery because of diverticulitis, Lesnar announced he was retiring from MMA. It’s likely he’ll make at least a few appearances in the WWE like he suggested in October.

Overeem will now face heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in what should be another exciting fight.

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