After receiving a devastating left kick to the mid-section from heavy hitting heavyweight Alistair Overeem last night (Dec. 30, 2011) at UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem," the 6‘3" 265-pound Brock Lesnar crumbled to the mat, wincing in visible pain.
Following up with a few strikes to the downed behemoth, Overeem delivered one final body blow that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and save the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion from further damage in the opening frame of a scheduled five round main event.
The dominating performance not only kick-started "The Demolition Man's" UFC career in impressive fashion; it also marked the end of Lesnar's career with the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Contrary to the belief of the WWE's Chris Jericho, Lesnar wasn't simply looking for a way out by "taking a dive."
According to UFC President Dana White, Lesnar told him after the bout that he feels he may have suffered a broken rib, a message White passed along to reporters at the UFC 141 post-fight press conference:
"A lot of people don't realize what that feels like. He said, 'I think my rib is broken. I don't know what a broken rib feels like, but if it hurts worse than this I don't want to feel it.'"
Overeem, the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix champion, definitely has the power in his 6'5" 263-pound frame to cause some bodily damage due to his extensive training and dedication to the striking department.
Perhaps the damage was caused due to a culmination of numerous powerful knees and kicks to Lesnar's midsection. The final, perfectly placed, kick was seemingly the finishing blow to Lesnar's night and, ultimately, his career as an MMA fighter.
Though the UFC 141 medical suspensions have yet to be handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), expect a detailed report within the coming days.
As always, stay tuned to MMAmania.com and we'll pass along the details as they become available.