Overeem def. Werdum by uninspired UD to advance in SF Grand Prix

by John Morgan | source: mixedmartialarts.com
 
Alistair "Demolition Man" Overeem Vs. Fabricio Werdum
Fight is scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Alistair Overeem <a href=Alistair Overeem" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=60&q=75&x=232&y=2&w=90&h=120&ro=0&s=alistair-overeem-brett-rogers-andrei-arlovski.jpg" />
Height 6′ 4″ (193.04 cm)
Weight 256 (116.12 kg)
Record 31-12-0
Team Golden Glory
VS
Name Fabricio Werdum <a href=Fabricio Werdum" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=0&y=0&w=90&h=120&ro=0&s=A9AF1145-1D09-6BFC-E59577F2D3B090D1.jpg" />
Height 6′ 4″ (193.04 cm)
Weight 242 (109.77 kg)
Record 14-4-1
Team  Werdum Combat Team

 

Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem booked his semifinal spot in Strikeforce's ambitious heavyweight grand prix, but he did little to gain fan following in a rather lackluster unanimous-decision win over submission specialist Fabricio Werdum.

The frustrating cat-and-mouse affair saw Werdum literally begging his opponent to engage him on the floor, while Overeem was unable to land any real significant damage during brief exchanges on the feet.

Werdum latched on to a leg in a last-ditch effort to steal the fight, but it simply didn't happen. Overeem remained comfortably on his back until the final bell, when both fighters were greeted with a chorus of boos.

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Overeem not satisfied with win over Fabricio Werdum

The way Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem beat Fabrticio Werdum left a bad taste in his mouth, just as it did for most who witnessed the fight.

"I came to fight. But you need two to tango, so I'm a little bit disappointed. I want to deliver entertaining fights, and tonight was as little bit less entertaining."

"I expected more standup action. Fabricio was talking a lot before in the media, so I expected him to make more of a fight out of it. Lying down on his back all the time took the pace of the fight away."

"It's hard to fight somebody who doesn't want to fight and is sort of dodging the fight."

"He didn't hurt me with the punches. When somebody's moving back all the time and somebody comes forward with a punch – yeah, he doesn't hit hard. It didn't hurt me."

"In the beginning of the fight he kept his guard open to work, and that allowed me to standup. And later on, he just kept his guard closed because he was stalling the fight."

"I got the win. But I didn't knock him out, so I'm not entirely satisfied."

The Overeem that walked into this past Saturday's fight came in as a heavy favorite and, in many fans' eyes, was someone destined to avenge his 2006 loss to Werdum and build steam for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The Overeem that walked out of the cage was a guy in for a long road against the big-man division's best, to say nothing of the remainder of the grand prix field.

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Naphtali site profile image  

6/20/11 1:50 AM by Naphtali

those wild punches of werdum were most of the time blocked or missed, I see people saying werdum punched the overeem a lot but still I didnt saw damage on overeems face and most of all, people saying if werdumn would kept the fight standing he would have won? but than why werdum wanted to go the ground so badly? because as a fighter after a few attemps only you yourself can judge in the cage if its affectively and obviuosly werdum judged it was not and so wanted to go the ground, so badly that he even begged overeem to come to the ground. look this wasnt overeems best fight, but still, werdum was chanceless. his takedown attemps looked really weak also by the way.

nhbguy site profile image  

6/19/11 10:52 PM by nhbguy

That's a pretty odd assessment. So you think that if Werdum hadn't flopped to the ground everytime Alistair threw a significant strike, never allowing the fight to stay standing long enough for anything to happen, that he would have won? You really think that if he had stayed standing the whole time that Alistair wouldn't have followed up with something, anything? Alistair couldn't do that because every time he threw something significant, Fabricio fell to his back.Werdum did what he had to do to not get knocked out. If he truly had said "screw it, I'm turning this a kickboxing fight", than those one power shots that Overeem threw before Werdum purposefully flooped to the ground, would have turned into 3 or 4. Seriously, it wasn't Alistair's best fight, but all this nonsense about Werdum winning the fight, or outstriking him? Werdum did everything in his power to avoid prolonged striking exchanges. He threw pitter patter shots and nearly every time Overeem responded, he fell to his back. It's pretty hard to strike with someone who falls down every time you throw a punch. Try sparring with someone who does that and report back.

Keith Hackneys Mullet site profile image  

6/19/11 9:50 PM by Keith Hackneys Mullet

Only reason werdum lost is because he kept falling to the ground.This made it APPEAR that he was not the dominant fighter.It also made it APPEAR that he was knocked down several times, when in reality he was just falling to his back with the punch trying to take it to the ground.Overeems "power shots" were usually not connecting cleanly also.Lets break it down.rd1. werdum landed WAY more strikes overeem threw some bombs which mainly only hit werdums gloves, he connected with a knee and a body shot also i think, werdum wins this hands down.rd2. werdum was doin good with strikes at the beginning of the round, overeem had landed some power shots near the middle. hard round to score could go either way.rd3. werdum landed a lot better, reem had his few power shots which didnt connect well or do damage or knock him down (remember werdum FELL ON HIS BACK ON PURPOSE) werdum landed lots of nice clinch shots. Reems power shots all seemed to glance off of the side of werdums head and they were very few compared to werdums shots.So then why did werdum lose the decision?????ANSWER:BECAUSE HE KEPTS FALLING TO HIS BACK! This is the only reason he lost the decision, because he APPEARED to be the non dominant fighter when he fell to his back constantly.If werdum would have just said fuck the ground and stayed striking with reem he would have got the nod.end of story

Sensei Tom OBrien site profile image  

6/19/11 9:35 PM by Sensei Tom OBrien

I wish Reem would work on his cardio & put some freakin gas in the tank! :-(Thanks,Tom

RighteousWeed site profile image  

6/19/11 9:27 PM by RighteousWeed

also.... the heavyweight GP has proven Strikeforce belongs as a minor league... a significant one but still. Bellator, M-1, Shark fights...Strikeforce... they definately are not of the ufc caliber (as far as fight hype, quality, production, etc) but within this sport, i believe they are essential. Then again, i am also pulling for the ifl format to return.

RighteousWeed site profile image  

6/19/11 9:24 PM by RighteousWeed

after the fight, all i could think was there is more hype about overeem than there ever was Fedor - unjustified hype that is. I doubt overeem will win the GP to be honest. it'll either be barnet or kharitonov. Reem looked week, gassed, and not as imposing as i'm used to... maybe it has to do with him walking in with a mavericks flag instead of his hammer but for certain, that's not who i payed to see. Then again, in truth, it could have been the heat in Dallas coz werdum looked like ass. The only thing that made the fight any good was the comedy exchanges between the two fighters in round 1 and 2. the bad taste in my mouth was only overshadowed by the fedor vs werdum fight but for a whole other reason.

Chimonos Revenge site profile image  

6/19/11 8:40 PM by Chimonos Revenge

I don't think Werdum won. However, only about 3 of those takedowns were initiated by Overeem, the rest were Werdum flopping, you cant score those for Overeem.I didnt see Overwhelming cage control, I actually saw Overeem backing up a lot and Werdum striking far more than Overeem was. Overeem's punches did more damage, but were far less in volume than Werdum's, and I felt the "Cage Control" was fairly even on the feet.Nick Diaz wins by strike totals, not by individual strike damage, so its being kind of a hypocrite to say only power strikes count.Your analysis is definitely looking through Alistair colored goggles. If you score that fight 30-25, and then criticize others for their lack of judging understanding, i think you need to get a better understanding of it yourself.

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

6/19/11 8:17 PM by Nexuscrawlers

they both had a terrible game plan. werdum should have stayed standing, he def had overeem rocked later in the fight, he was moving how he did when he was fighting chuck soon before he got KO'd. Werdums striking is improved, and Overeem's chin has not improved.

Evilzpet site profile image  

6/19/11 7:51 PM by Evilzpet

Its kinda scary how many people I've read on here that scored that fight for Werdum based on compustrike stats. I scored it 30-25 Reem based on actual damage, countless takedowns, and overwhelming cage control.For those who are convinced that Werdum won - please, never take up judging. MMA thanks you kindly.