The Facebook portion of tonight's (Dec. 30, 2011) UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" preliminary card is in the books.
The start of the fights were delayed when undercard fighter Matt Riddle unexpectedly dropped out of his bout with Luis Ramos because of an illness.
The final Facebook fight of the evening was a welterweight match up between Dong Hyun Kim and Sean Pierson, who were both coming off rough first round losses to top contenders Carlos Condit and Jake Ellenberger respectively.
Kim showed steady improvement in his striking, landing consistently to steal every round and he even nearly finished the fight with a jumping front kick to the face that had Pierson on wobbly legs in the end of the second round.
His footwork and movement were more than enough to score an easy decision victory despite his inability to secure a finish going 30-27 on all three judges' scorecards.
The remainder of the Facebook "Prelims" comprised close battles in the cage, to, which you can catch up with in the extended entry:
Lightweights Jacob Volkmann and Efrain Escudero put on a grappling match that was primarily dominated by Volkmann. The Minnesota fighter was all over Escudero for the first two and a half rounds with top control and occasional threats of submissions but he couldn't put The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner away.
The only serious drama of the fight came in the final minute when Escudero latched on a power guillotine and threatened to finish the fight after tightening his hold and transitioning to multiple choke attempts while Volkmann tried to squirm free.
Volkmann eventually freed himself and once time ran out in the third round, he was easily awarded the first two rounds to give him a pretty easy 29-28 unanimous decision victory.
Opening the night was a thrilling back and forth battle between featherweights Manny Gamburyan and Diego Nunes. Nunes did a terrific job in the first and third rounds of gauging his distance and peppering his Armenian opponent with repeated kicks and occasional jabs and follow-up crosses.
Gamburyan had his moments, most notably landing a pair of power shots in the second round combined with a big takedown, but Nunes persevered and was able to come back strong. In the end, it was Nunes' ability to control the stand-up portion which allowed him to win a unanimous decision victory going 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards.
Here are the complete Facebook "Prelims" results:
Dong Hyun Kim def. Sean Pierson via unanimous decision
Jacob Volkmann def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision
Diego Nunes def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision
That's it for the preliminary card portion of the card. Be sure to hit up MMAmania.com's for up to the minute results and blow-by-blow coverage of the rest of the night's action by clicking here.