For those that watched this past Saturday’s heavyweight scrap between Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem, you may have noticed the Brazilian grab his left knee after Overeem tossed him to the canvas just 30 seconds into the 2ndRound.
Showtime’s announcing team made no mention of the injury, despite the fact Werdum got up very gingerly and was limping for the remainder of the stanza. It appeared as though he was able to shake off the injury in the final round, but it was hard to tell whether the upset specialist was winded or wounded.
“If you look well, you’ll see that my knee got out of place in the beginning of the second round,” Werdum told R7.com (via ESPN.uk). “It hurt so much, it was difficult to get up and it took a little of my focus. I will have an MRI scan and see whether it is serious and when I will be able to train.
“I should have had more faith in my stand-up, listened to [coach] Rafael Cordeiro. Strategically [Overeem] was better. Perhaps, if I hadn’t pulled the guard so many times, I would have won.
The injury does help explain why Werdum was insistent on taking the fight to the ground, in addition to wanting to showcase his slick jiu jitsu skills. The FightMetric actually had him winning the standup battle, but he kept dropping to his back each time they collided. It appears that was the game plane all along, regardless of the knee injury.
“He didn’t want to go to the ground with me at all, but it is an MMA fight. You have to do the ground game, as well,” Werdum stated. “I think it is funny that [opponents] call me to go at them and I do, but when I call them to the mat, nobody does.”
Unfortunately for Werdum, he followed up his shocking submission victory over Fedor Emelianenko with an uneventful unanimous decision loss to Overeem this past Saturday. ‘Ubereem’ now advances to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.