For you boisterous fans complaining about Saturday night’s lackluster main event between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, and there were plenty of you inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas that were, the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champ knows exactly who you can blame.
“I came to fight, but you need two to tango,” Overeem flatly stated after posting his 10th consecutive win. “I expected more standup action. Fabricio was talking a lot before [the bout] 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.”
In case you missed the quarterfinals matchup, Werdum executed a strategy similar to what Thales Leites did against Anderson Silva at UFC 97. Each time the fighters engaged, Werdum would drop to his back in an attempt to spark a submission session.
While it’s understandable why Werdum wanted to showcase his jiu jitsu skills against the massive K-1 kickboxer, as that’s how he beat Overeem in their first contest five years ago and upset Fedor Emelianenko in his last outing, Wedrum actually won the standup battle according to FightMetric.
Although, if you ask Alistair…
“He didn’t hurt me with any of the punches,” Overeem said. “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.”
With the unanimous decision victory, Overeem advances to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Bigfoot was sitting front and center last night and was just as unimpressed with “The Demolition Man” as Overeem was with Werdum.
“I expected more. I didn’t see too much,” Silva matter-of-factly stated. “I respect Overeem, but … I know I can knock out this guy. I can fight standup, fight on the ground – believe me.”