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“Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum” Live Coverage & Results

Welcome to’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum.

Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event will air live on Showtime at 10 PM ET, and the prelims will air on HDNet.

Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.


-Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeated Brian Melancon via unanimous decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

-Nah-Shon Burrell defeated Joe Ray via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

-Conor Heun defeated Mango Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

-Justin Wilcox vs. Gesias Cavalcante ends via “no decision” due to an unintentional eyepoke

-Todd Moore vs. Mike Bronzoulis is now set to go down after the main event


Chad Griggs vs. Valentijn Overeem

Chad “The Gravedigger” Griggs and his epic mutton chops get ready to take on tournament favorite Alistair Overeem’s older brother Valentijn Overeem. Kerry Hatley will be the third man in the cage for this heavyweight bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things off. Overeem tries for a head kick and misses, Griggs capitalizes and clinches the Dutch fighter. He presses OVereem into the fence. OVereem pushes forward and Griggs hits a lateral drop, landing in Overeem’s half guard. Griggs is teeing off on Overeem. Hatley steps in and stops it while Overeem is turtling up, because Overeem apparently tapped out.

Chad Griggs defeated Valentijn Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 2:08 of round 1

Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson

Leon Roberts will referee this heavyweight scrap.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things. Cormier tries a head kick out that is partially blocked. Monson taking an in-line, boxing style stance. They clinch. Cormier lands an elbow. They break. Cormier shows some decent boxing in landing to the body and head of Monson. Cormier presses Monson into the fence. Monson bleeding slightly from the top of the head. Cormier looking to put some strikes together, not looking to take things down yet. Cormier lands a nice straight left that looks to have stung Monson. Cormier with a nice body kick. Cormier lands a one-two cleanly. Cormier is already starting to take this fight. Cormier lands a good left hook. Cormier is landing punches as he will on Monson, while Monson looks content to do, well, little so far. scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 2: They touch gloves again. Many believed that Monson had conceded defeat before this fight started, with his eyes on a move to light heavyweight, and “The Snowman: doesn’t look to be dissuading his detractors here. Cormier puts Monson on his back with a strike, but Cormier won’t follow him down and they take back to their feet. Monson lands an overhand right and then engages the clinch. Cormier turns him into the fence. Cormier still landing well and mixing things up on the feet. They clinch in the center. Monson with a nice jab. Cormier makes him pay with a pair of hard shots. Both men start to open up with their punches, with Cormier getting the better of things. He presses Monson into the fence. Cormier with double underhooks locked. He backs off and turns on the heat, tagging Monson with a multi-punch combo to the body and head. He mixes in a nice body kick as well. Cormier gets in with a quick right hand and presses Monson back into the fence. Monson just isn’t pushing the pace here. scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. A nice leg kick by Cormier. This looks to stay a kickboxing match between the two phenomenal grapplers, with Cormier consistently getting the better of it. He tags Monson with a right, but the veteran hangs tough. Cormier hits him again with a strong right hand. He dumps Monson to the mat, and will not follow him down. Monson seems to be content to lay back, or he just doesn’t have an answer for Cormier’s offense. Cormier whiffs on a head kick. Cormier drops Monson to a knee with a punch, and avoids his subsequent takedown attempts. Cormier bulls him into the fence. The result of this fight seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point, Monson just doesn’t seem to want it that bad, for whatever reason. He dumps Monson to the mat again and walks away, letting him get back to his feet. The Olympic wrestler showing some very solid striking tonight. scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

This is one that the judges can’t get wrong.

Daniel Cormier defeated Jeff Monson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal

Don Turnage will ref this lightweight fight.

Round 1: Noons come out fast and Masvidal hits him with a leg kick. Masvidal lands a nice right and follows with a jumping knee. Masvidal doing well disrupting Nonns’ game early with leg kicks. Masvidal lands a knee when Noons moves in with his head low. Masvidal landing some nice knees before he drives for the takedown and gets it. Noons on his side against the fence, looking for a kimura. Masvidal gets out of the hold and they scramble. Noons gets to his feet. Masvidal lands a slick jab after a leg kick. Noons is bleeding from his forehead as a result of a nice knee by Masvidal. Masvidal with a nice one-two. Masvidal is impressive here in out-striking Noons, he drops Noons with a head kick and looks to finish things with under twenty seconds to go. He pours it on but Noons hangs tough until the end. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 2: Noons comes out hard, but Masvidal stays patient, still throwing Noons off with leg kicks. Noons lands a few nice leg kicks of his own. Masvidal starts to open up with his hands again. He knocks Noons off balance with a kick, and then scores a successful takedown. Noons gets up quickly, but Masvidal gets him back down again shortly thereafter. Masvidal in Noons’ guard in the center of the cage. He’s posturing up and looking to land shots. Noons backs up to the cage and uses it to stand. Noons with a lunging knee of his own that lands. Masvidal lands a big overhand right. Masvidal is lumping Noons up with heavy shots. Masvidal drives for the takedown again. He gets him down against the fence with under a minute to go. Noons gets to his feet and Masvidal flops to his back for better defense. He gets to his feet and takes no damage. On their feet, Masvidal backs Noons up with punches. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 3: Noons comes out hard again, looking to land big shots. Masvidal laying back, looking to counter. Noons finding success with his hands. Masvidal avoiding Noons’ big shots with slick head movement. He drives for the takedown and Noons stuffs it. Masvidal starting to turn it on with his jab. He lands a spinning back kick. A good right by Masvidal. Masvidal hits a takedown against the cage. Noons gets to his feet. Masvidal gets him back down. Similar to Shinya Aoki, he pins Noons’ arm across his face and looks for ground and pound. Noons scrambles to his feet again, but Masvidal is all over him, putting him back on the mat. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal defeated KJ Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

That’s a possible title shot in the books for “Gamebred.”

Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers

Kerry Hatley is back in the center to ref this Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals bout.

Round 1: No glove touch between these two. Rogers lands a nice leg kick, Barnett tries to catch it but can’t. He goes for the takedown anyway and slams Rogers to the mat quickly. He lands in side control and presses Rogers into the fence. Barnett tries to pass to mount and Rogers scrambles, reclaiming half guard. Barnett forces his way into full mount though, with over two and a half minutes to go. Rogers doing his best to scramble away, trying to use his feet on the cage. Barnett holding tough though, maintaining mount and landing strikes when the opportunity presents. Rogers explodes and knocks Barnett off briefly, but “The Baby-Faced Assassin” regains the position quickly. under a minute to go and Rogers has been dominated so far. The crowd is growing restless of Barnett’s smothering strategy. scores the round 10-9 for Barnett

Round 2: Barnett lands a nice left hook. They clinch and Barnett throws Rogers to the mat, where he quickly gains the mount position again. Barnett looking for an arm triangle. Rogers taps before Barnett even moves out of mount.

Josh Barnett defeated Brett Rogers via submission (arm triangle) at 1:17 of round 2

Barnett takes the mic from Gus Johnson and addresses the Dallas crowd, doing his best pro-wrestling shtick. It’s pretty damn good, honestly.


Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Overeem courts the crowd by carrying a Dallas Mavericks championship flag to the cage. Leon Roberts will oversee the main event bout.

Round 1: No glove touch for this bout either. Werdum tries for a high kick and Overeem easily avoids it. Werdum staying aggressive, trying to land with punches. Overeem avoids the takedown and tells Werdum to get up. Overeem catches a kick, dumps him and tells him to get up. Werdum shoots for the takedown twice and Overeem avoids both times easily, walking away both times and telling Werdum to get up. Overeem looking patient, wanting to pick his spots. He lands a knee in the clinch. Werdum successfully pulls guard an Overeem backs out before landing a nice body shot. Werdum pushes forward with a combo and pulls guard again. Overeem taunts him when he backs out. Werdum lands a one-two and pulls guard again. Overeem expressing frustration with Werdum’s continued attempts to get things on the ground. Overeem lands a nice left. Overeem dumps Werdum to the mat. Werdum begs him to come to the mat and Overeem walks away again. Overeem lands with two hard counter punches. Interesting first round. Werdum pulls guard with ten to go. scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Werdum grabs the clinch and lands a nice knee. Werdum pushes in and Overeem dumps him to the mat. Werdum gets a takedown and Overeem gets to his feet. Werdum lands two knees. Werdum landing some uppercuts from the clinch. They hit the mat, but Overeem backs out. Werdum takes a long time getting to his feet. Overeem lands two punishing punches. Werdum showing signs of fatigue. Overeem tagging Werdum with hard punches, sending him to the mat where the BJJ expert pulls him into the guard. Both men looking to rest here. Werdum is throwing his legs up, but Overeem avoids any sub and backs out to the feet again. Overeem landsa hard knee. Werdum is looking sluggish now, taking a long time to get to his feet. Overeem with another hard knee and they hit the mat, with Overeem in Werdum’s guard. Under a minute to go here and the crowd is growing restless. scores the round 10-9 for Overeem

Round 3: Werdum comes at Overeem hard, landing punches and a few knees. Overeem stays patient and lands a nice counter, avoiding any takedown from the clinch. They hit the mat and Overeem has Werdum turtled. Overeem lets him up. Overeem lands a big right and Werdum pulls guard. Werdum is using the big shots that Overeem lands as an opportunity to pull guard, where he ties the champ up and prevents him from teeing off. Overeem backs out and beckons Werdum to the feet. Werdum lands a few nice punches on the feet. Overeem lands with a couple of big punches before Werdum pulls guard again. Overeem in Werdum’s guard, with neither man doing too terribly much. The crowd chants, “Stand them up!” Overeem working from Werdum’s guard, very conservatively. Overeem lands a hard knee. Werdum comes forward and lands a few nice punches before rolling for a kneebar. The bell sounds an end to the round before he can finish. scores the round 10-10

Weird fight…

Alistair Overeem defeated Fabricio Werdum via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)