Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem came out seemingly injury-free after avenging an early career loss to Fabricio Werdum this past Saturday at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum and he secured his spot in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in the process.
That’s about where the positives end for “The Demolition Man” though, as the fight itself has drawn all sorts of criticism for both men.
Contested over three rounds, Werdum consistently attempted to drag the fight to the mat and, upon finding it exceedingly difficult to do so, opted to pull a page out of Thales Leites’ book and continually flop to his back, pinning all of his hopes on Overeem following him down. The Dutchman wanted no part of the Brazilian’s vaunted ground game, so he kept upright and tried to land power shots, which eventually left him tired and somewhat susceptible to Werdum’s brief striking engagements.
Overall, Overeem deserved the decision he was awarded, but the fight left much to be desired and did little to inspire confidence in either man. Speaking with MMAFighting.com post-fight, Overeem apologized for his flat performance.
“Well, I came here to knock him out. I trained hard for this fight, four months of training camp. Yeah, I’m a little bit disappointed that I couldn’t deliver on my promise to the fans and I apologize for that, but you need two to tango,” he said. “Looking back at the fight, looking back at the total takedowns attempted on me, I can only come to the conclusion that Fabricio didn’t want to fight in the stand up with me at all… I got the win but I’m not entirely satisfied.”