Josh Barnett put one in the win column last Saturday night at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum by taking out the heavy-handed Brett Rogers via second round arm triangle submission.
Barnett employed a smart strategy, especially considering that he’s currently fighting ina tournament and would like to advance injury-free, putting “The Grim” down early and forcing him to expend energy trying to escape from being mounted for the entire first round. Once the second round began, Barnett dragged Rogers back to the mat, but this time put him away in short order with an arm triangle that elicited a quick tap from the Chicagoan.
Speaking post-fight (props to MMAJunkie.com), Barnett discussed the strategy he used to defeat Rogers and move on to the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
“Once I got on top of him, it became a matter of making him drown underneath me -– taking his wind, taking his spirit, taking his energy, and doing it without any sort of injury,” he said. “Because this is a tournament. I have another fight, and I have another fight after that. So it’s important to be very tactful and very strategic about you take these guys out.”
Now, the rejuvenated Barnett will go on to fight Sergei Kharitonov — who knocked out Andrei Arlovski impressively to secure his semi-finals spot — and is looking forward to further proving his legitimacy by taking him out and moving on to the tournament finals.
“This is my opportunity to go out there and display myself as one of the best heavyweights that’s ever walked the earth,” Barnett said. “I know it, but people want to see it. They want me to prove it. Fine. As long as you can line people up against me, I’m going to go out there and keep taking them out. That’s my job. I’m born and bred to fight. So anybody that thinks they can kick my ass, make them sign so I can prove them different.”