“Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” took place Saturday inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. After four long months, Strikeforce finally resumed their Heavyweight Grand Prix in the Bid D.
Although the tournament was met with much anticipation, the night’s main event between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum provided an anticlimactic ending to the tourney’s quarterfinals.
Although Werdum was landing a solid number of shots, the Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard was adamant about bringing the fight to the canvas. Each time they engaged, Werdum would drop to his back in an attempt to ignite a grappling match.
Overeem would have no part of it and used his superior size and strength to take a unanimous decision victory and advance to a semifinals matchup with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Josh Barnett submitted Brett Rogers with an arm triangle in the other 1stRound pairings.
Barnett now meets Sergei Kharitonov.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg Defeated Brian Melancon via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nah-Shon Burrell Defeated Joe Ray via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Conor Heun Defeated Magno Almeida Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
JZ Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox No Decision (Unintentional Eye Poke to Wilcox) at :32 in the 2ndRoundTodd Moore Defeated Mike Bronzoulis via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)*
Chad Griggs Defeated Valentijn Overeem via TKO (Strikes) at 2:08 in the 1stRound
Daniel Cormier Defeated Jeff Monson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jorge Masvidal Defeated KJ Noons via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight Grand Prix (Quarterfinals):
Josh Barnett Defeated Brett Rogers via Submission (Arm Triangle) at 1:17 in the 2ndRound
Alistair Overeem Defeated Fabricio Werdum via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
* – Took place following main event
Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:
Antonio “Bigfoot“ Silva said the main event was a good fight, but he expected a lot more. He knows he can knockout Overeem.
Barnett didn’t care fans were booing. Said Kharitonov is much better than Rogers. He respects the Russian’s ground game and his ability to take a punch.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he was impressed with Daniel Cormier and Chad Griggs.
He will look into arranging a rematch between JZ Cavalcante and Justin Wilcox. However, Wilcox suffered significant damage to his left eye.
Coker would not confirm, but he said Masvidal was the “front runner” to land next dibs at Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez’s title.
Masvidal said he wasn’t sure if he earned Noons’ respect following their scrap, but said he could care less if he didn’t.
The reported attendance was 7,639, earning the company a live of $543,060. According to Coker, it was the largest gate Strikeforce has garnered which didn’t involve Fedor Emelianenko or San Jose’s HP Pavilion.