As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. Our live coverage will start with the beginning of the Facebook prelim stream (update #2: the broadcast will now begin at 7:30 p.m. ET), continuing through the Spike TV prelim broadcast (9 p.m. ET) and finally through the pay-per-view broadcast (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts on the Facebook stream.
We'll see four fights take place on the Facebook portion of the card, with a welterweight battle between Dong Hyun Kim and Sean Pierson being the highlight. Also on the stream Jacob Volkmann will take on former Ultimate Fighter winner Efrain Escudero and
Matt Riddle faces off with Luis Ramos (see below). In the opening bout it's Manny Gamburyan facing Diego Nunes.
Good evening fight fans. This is Dallas Winston and I'll be your tour guide for the Facebook portion of UFC 141. The card's start time has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. ET.
Update: Per Ariel Helwani's Twitter, the Riddle vs. Ramos match has been called off due to Riddle being ill.
And we're live. First up is Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes
R1: The featherweights kick off tonight's action. Gamburyan takes the center of the cage and dodges a low kick and spinning back kick. Two more low kicks from Nunes whiffs, then he barely misses with a tornado kick. Gamburyan walking him down but no strikes yet. Gamburyan shoots a double but Nunes shucks it off. The size difference between the two is surprising. Nunes thwacking kicks from outside and Gamburyan tries to time his double off one, but no dice. Gamburyan persists and gets deep on a double with Nunes against the fence and secures the takedown. It doesn't take long for Nunes to create space and stand back up, where he swings a plethora of kicks. Nunes digs in with a low kick to Gamburyan's thigh, who tries a half-hearted shot that Nunes easily stuffs. More punishment from Nunes with low kicks to close the round. 10-9 Nunes.
R2: Gamburyan looking to get inside to open the second and hurls a haymaker. He times his huge overhand right just as Nunes is unloading a kick and appears to land a strong flurry. Nunes backs off in a hurry and Gamburyan wraps him up on the cage wall but can't drag him down. Back in open space, Nunes throws another spinning back kick, connects a low kick, then another spinning kick, then a third to the body. Gamburyan ties up after the kick and lands a takedown. Medium ground and pound from half-guard for Gamburyan, who then pursues a top-side guillotine. Gamburyan cries out, "Watch his fingers!" to the ref, insinuating Nunes was twisting his fingers to unclasp his hands. Nunes capitalizes on the distraction and scurries back to his feet with a few ticks left. 10-9 Gamburyan.
R3: Gamburyan again walking Nunes down. Left hook and stiff right by Gamburyan lands, who is now countering the kicks of Nunes with punches more effectively. Nunes switches to southpaw and flashes a high kick and a series of inside low kicks to Gamburyan's lead leg. The change in stance seems to have thrown Gamburyan off. Gamburyan tries a double but Nunes grabs double underhooks, circles off the cage and slams a knee to the body. Nunes fends off another takedown and counter punches, then triples up on kicks, still frustrating Gamburyan in southpaw. A steady stream of kicks from Nunes, then he's almost taken down after missing a spinning back fist but recovers. Stiff left jab from Gamburyan before he catches an inside kick to the groin. He's ready after a quick respite with 30 seconds left, and Nunes is still kick-happy with three in a row. Gamburyan rushes and the fight ends in the clinch. 10-9 Nunes for 29-28 Nunes on my card. All three judges agree.
Diego Nunes defeats Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-29 x 3).
Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero
R1: Volkmann greets Escudero with two left kicks right off the bat. Volkmann catches Escudero's leg on a kick and shoots but Escudero drops back to wrench a guillotine. Volkmann wriggles free and assumes side control. Escudero scoots back to full guard when Volkmann tries to go knee on belly, then threatens with a leg lock that Volkmann defends. Half guard for Volkmann with a heavy base now, sprinkling in light strikes and threatening with a guillotine from the top when Escudero goes for the underhook. 10-9 Volkmann.
R2: Volkmann tries a low single from way outside but still gets it when Escudero foolishly drops back for another guillotine that isn't there. Same scene as the first round: Volkmann in half guard with a ten-ton base and stifling control. Escudero finally gets a closed guard and hangs on for the referee stand up two minutes in. Volkmann again shoots from a mile away but is just too persistent and drives Escudero back on the fence, then heaves him to the canvas from the rear waist cinch. Volkmann on the back of a turtled Escudero and slithering for the rear-naked choke. Escudero does a good job of hand-fighting to protect his neck. Volkmann loses his hooks but continues to swarm the helpless Escudero. 10-9 Volkmann.
R3: Volkmann opens with a glancing one-two. He fakes a level drop, Escudero tries to time a knee and Volkmann is all over him. Escudero virtually gives the fight away by dropping for a guillotine for the third time. The crowd is getting impatient as Volkmann rides Escudero in half guard. Volkmann snaking around to Escudero's back and looking to gift wrap one of his arms, and Herb Dean mysteriously intervenes for an entirely unnecessary stand up. It doesn't matter, as Volkmann quickly adheres himself to Escudero and continues ... wait! Escudero latches on a modified guillotine from the front headlock position that is legit enough to cause Volkmann to drop to his back to defend. Escudero scrambles to north-south and readjusts the choke but can't get in time. That might even be a 10-8 Escudero on my card.
All three judges see the bout 29-28 for Jacob Volkmann, who defeats Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision.
Sean Pierson vs. Dong Hyun Kim
R1: The southpaws trade low kicks to begin. Pierson doubles up a long jab and then, quite surprisingly, darts into the clinch to tie Kim up. They release after a brief stalemate and Pierson is letting his hands go aggressively. Kim connects with two nice low kicks, Pierson responds with one. Pierson punching more often but both fighters connecting at a fairly equal pace. Jumping front kick from Kim is caught by Pierson. Pierson just a fraction of an inch short on his quick one-two counters. Kim evading nicely but retreating in a straight line. They clinch and Kim controls the head and snaps it down, but Pierson counters well with underhooks. Artful hip throw by Kim but Pierson amazingly gains his balance from holding the body lock and ends up on top, looking to take the back as the round ends. Great round. Could be a 10-10 but I'm going 10-9 Kim.
R2: Mutual jabs, then two crisp leg kicks from Kim. High kick from Kim misses, who looks much more comfortable in his stand up and continues to dash just out of reach of Pierson's punches. Lead right hook from Kim, then a right and left low kick. It's Pierson who clinches again but Kim easily circles out to the center of the cage. Pierson still can't find his range and gets a little sloppy on a one-two, which Kim slips and lands his own. Kim throws the jumping front kick again and follows up with two nice punches. This time Kim's jumping front kick clocks Pierson and snaps his head back, sending him sideways on wobbly legs but he's saved by the bell. 10-9 Kim.
R3: Pierson might not have his legs yet but Kim doesn't push the issue and stays patient. Nearing the 3 minute mark, Kim hits a takedown but Pierson reverses nicely and they clinch against the fence. Kim hits another takedown from body lock and Pierson gets full guard, then controls Kim's posture and closes his guard. Kim gets loose and stands, then falls back into his guard looking to pass. He's halfway there and Yves Lavigne decides there's not enough action and intervenes for another very questionable stand up. After a lull, Pierson lets his hands go and Kim nearly connects with another jumping front kick. 10-9 Kim.
All three judges score the bout 30-27 for Dong Hyun Kim, who defeats Sean Pierson by unanimous decision.