For those that believe that the numbers don’t lie, you need to talk to Fabricio Werdum. Although Alistair Overeem took a (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) unanimous decision win over the Brazilian on Saturday night, the FightMetric claims Werdum was the one that should have advanced to the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.
According to the UFC’s official number crunchers, Werdum landed 62 total strikes to Overeem’s 46. The submission specialist also connected on 43 total significant strikes, while “The Demolition Man” only scored 32 times.
Werdum won the 1stRound striking battle by seven, but was stuffed on all seven of his takedown attempts. Werdum was 1-for-3 in takedowns in the middle stanza and only edged Overeem in strikes by one.
“Vai Cavalo” landed eight more strikes than Overeem in the final round, but he was denied on both of his shots. Werdum was also credited for a submission attempt.
Tally up all the digits and the FightMetric has Werdum leaving the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with a 29-28 decision victory.
At the end of the day, cage control was what likely won Overeem the contest. Although Werdum was intentionally/blatantly falling on his back to try and spark a grappling match, Overeem in top position was what must have stuck in the judges’ minds when it was time to hand in the cards.
Here is the official box score for Overeem vs. Werdum II: