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Are People Sleeping on Fedor Emelianenko in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix?

"If he dies, he dies"

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Before I even start let’s get something straight, I am not an Alistair Overeem¬†basher, I can certainly appreciate the intricacies and improvements in technique that has made Overeem a much improved fighter. I think what he has done in the K-1 arena is amazing in accomplishing an incredibly difficult task with precision and skill that makes me feel like less of a man. While people believe that skill will easily translate to him becoming an unstoppable mixed martial arts super robot I don’t think it’s really true. While fans and pundits alike complain about the level of MMA competition Fedor has faced in the past few years it’s actually a great deal better than Ubereem’s competitors inside the cage.

Let’s take a look at their last 6 MMA bouts.

Fedor Emelianenko

  1. L – Fabricio Werdum
  2. W- Brett Rogers
  3. W- Andrei Arlovski
  4. W- Tim Sylvia
  5. W- Hong Man Choi
  6. W- Matt Lindland

Alistair Overeem

  1. W- Todd Duffee
  2. W- Brett Rogers
  3. W- Kazuyuki Fujita
  4. W- James Thompson
  5. W- Tony Sylvester
  6. W- Gary Goodridge

Out of the 12 opponents the 2 have faced there is no question that Fabricio Werdum and Andrei Arlovski are the 2 toughest. There is something to be said about the fashion in which Overeem has finished his opponents, people inherently flock to fighters who bring the violence in such devastating fashion while their competition is ignored because people become enamored with the brutality of their beatings. First of all it’s the heavyweight division so it just plain sucks and that’s not Fedor or Overeem’s fault. Good competition is hard to find in this division, but of course poor management and contract demands certainly play a huge role as well. I actually wrote an article last year on the misconceptions of Alistair Overeem in which I stated:

Alistair Overeem is a top ten heavyweight, great mixed martial arts fighter with good muay-thai skills and very underrated grappling chops. Just like fellow heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Crocop, the misconceptions of invincibility and god like status mostly stem from fighting in a division that sucks and racking up aesthetically pleasing knockouts against inferior competition.

Yes, Fedor Emelianenko has become sort of an enigma in our beloved sport, but his skill set is something that can’t be ignored. Alistair Overeem is not exactly immune to being hit, his head movement is not great by any means while Fedor’s head movement is legendary and easily the best in the division. With that being said my biggest problem with Overeem’s skills are his front-running ways. When an opponent puts pressure on him he traditionally melts and has trouble recovering.

While I’ve made this into a Fedor vs. Overeem article, let’s not forget about Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Werdum ripped Overeem’s arm off last time they fought and Antonio Silva is no slouch himself. It will be interesting to see what each fighter looks like in their opening bouts, but I do favor Fedor Emelianenko in the tournament and believe the Overeem hype is a little unwarranted and that’s why believe it or not most people I’ve talked to are really not looking at Fedor as a serious threat.