UFC 141 Lesnar vs. Overeem: Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Staff Predictions

UFC 141Assembled by Josh Nason

It's Friday night and for the first time in a long time, that means UFC. It's New Year's Eve weekend around the world and UFC 141 emanates from Las Vegas, NV, with former WWE champion/former UFC champion Brock Lesnar vs. Strikeforce/K-1/DREAM champion Alistair Overeem.

It's the last event of 2011 for our picks. How will our panel end up the calendar year before everything resets?

Here's our panel:

- Mike Sempervive (45-19): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare w/Adam

- Todd Martin: (46-18): weekly FFD guest | WWE RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Bryan Alvarez (15-10): Figure Four Weekly founder & writer | Inventor of the snap suplex

- Dave Meltzer (28-11): Wrestling Observer founder & writer | Yahoo MMA scribe

- Oliver Copp (36-28) and Mike Sawyer (40-24) of Tough Talk: Site | Show

- Yours truly (40-24): FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show | Bloody Elbow

For the last time in 2011, grab your drink and your buffalo wings because here...we...go!

Brock Lesnar (5-2) vs. Alistair Overeem (35-11-0-1)

Enough said. If you're here, you get what this fight is all about. Two big dudes going at it for the No. 1 contender's spot to the UFC heavyweight title.

Brock: Nason, Alvarez, Sempervive, Sawyer, Copp
The Reem:
Meltzer, Martin

Donald Cerrone (17-3-0-1) vs. Nate Diaz (14-7)

You've seen the hat flip. You know all about the mean muggin' Diaz brothers. You know this is Cerrone's sixth fight in 12 months and with a win, Cerrone likely gets a shot at the UFC Lightweight title.

Cowboy: Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Sempervive, Martin, Sawyer, Copp

Jon Fitch (23-1-0-1) vs. Johny Hendricks (11-1)

Fitch returns after a long layoff due to shoulder surgery and has become the people's champion in some circles because his win streaks are seen as being overlooked by UFC head honcho Dana White. If you heard Todd Martin on FFD Thursday, you know he loves Hendricks, who would get a big career bump with a win over Fitch.

Fitch: Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin, Sawyer, Copp

Alexander Gustafsson (12-1) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (26-5)

One of the best UFC light heavyweight prospects since Jon Jones, Gustafsson gets another shot to impress against a veteran in Matyushenko, someone that Jones decimated in 2010. He's won two in a row, five of his last six and should be a good test for the 24-year-old Swede.

Gustafsson: Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Martin, Sawyer
Vlad The Impaler:
Alvarez, Copp

Nam Phan (17-9) vs. Jimy Hettes (9-0)

Not exactly a pay-per-view caliber match on paper but these two are entrusted to open what should be one of the biggest UFC PPVs all year. Phan is coming off a win over Leonard Garcia but has only won three of his last eight. The undefeated Hettes made his UFC debut in August with a second round submission win over Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres. In all of his fights, he's won by submission.

Phan: Sempervive
Nason, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin, Sawyer, Copp

The majority of the group is giving the main event to Brock with a clean sweep for Cerrone. How will we do? Follow all the action here on Wrestling Observer with Dave's play-by-play, starting at 6:45 PM EST with the Facebook prelims, and check in early Saturday morning for Dave and Bryan's recap show live from Las Vegas.

Have a safe and fun New Year's holiday!

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