Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix results: Alistair Overeem wins rematch against Fabricio Werdum

Photo by Tracy Lee via Cagewriter

It's not often fight fans get the chance to watch Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem ply his craft inside the confines of the hexagon.

That's why it's a real treat when he finally makes his way back, which is what he did tonight in a heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal bout against former nemesis Fabricio Werdum.

It was a rematch of a 2006 fight that saw "Vai Cavalo" submit "The Reem" in the second round via kimura. Could he do it again in the rematch?


The fight can best be described as comical. Werdum wanted to fight on the floor, while Overeem only wanted to stand and trade. In this instance, they literally canceled each other out.

It made for a dreadful affair.

Werdum did throw plenty of punches but his game was largely predicated on pulling guard and playing possum. When Overeem wouldn't fall for it, all the air was sucked out of the arena at the nonexistent action.

It made it extremely difficult to score but in the end, the judges awarded the decision to Overeem.

"Demolition Man" looked like anything but that throughout the fight. He claimed multiple times that he would enter the bout with 40 pounds of whoop ass difference and technically, he did.

But it sure didn't look like it.

Werdum won multiple exchanges, or at least, that's how it looked to this viewer.

Nevertheless, Overeem advances to the semi-finals and will meet Antonio Silva for the right to advance to the finals to meet the winner of Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov.

Not much to say about this one, Maniacs, so you get the floor.

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