Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” took place earlier this evening at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
In the night’s main event, Alistair Overeem returned to the US to defend his Strikeforce heavyweight title against Brett Rogers.
Andrei Arlovski looked to erase two painful losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers by taking on Antonio Silva
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza attempted to put himself in middleweight title contention against Joey Villasenor.
Roger Gracie made his US debut against Kevin Randleman.
Antwain Britt and Rafeal “Feijao” Cavalcante looked to put themselves in the light heavyweight title hunt.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Alistair Overeem defeats Brett Rogers via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeats Joey Villasenor via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Roger Gracie defeats Kevin Randleman via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defeats Antwain Britt via Knockout in Round One
- Lyle Beerbohm defeats Vitor Ribeiro via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Jesse Finney defeats Justin DeMoney via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Darryl Cobb defeats Booker DeRousse via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mike Chandler defeats Sal Woods via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Fransisco France defeats Lee Brousseau via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Tom Aaron defeats Erik Steenberg via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Matt Ricehouse defeats Greg Wilson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
Antwain Britt vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: Once upon a time, Rafael Feijao, a Black House team member, was considered the top light heavyweight prospect outside of the UFC. Then Mike Kyle took him out last year and everyone jumped off the bandwagon. A lot of people thought Antwain Britt was going to beat Feijao tonight, and at first it looked like they might be right. Britt took control of the fight early on throwing bombs and putting Feijao on his heels. Then out of nowhere Feijao stunned him with a left hand, then rocked him with an overhand right. As Britt staggered back to the cage, Feijao followed looking for the kill throwing bombs. A few connected and the ref dived in to save Britt as he nearly separated from consciousness. With Strikeforce’s thin light heavyweight division, expect Scott Coker to throw Feijao’s name out there as a possible opponent for King Mo.
Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman: Roger Gracie and Kevin Randleman fought a pretty even fight through the first round. You would have thought Gracie’s plan was to get Randleman to the ground as soon as possible, but that wasn’t the case at all. He fought patiently waiting for the right opening to take Randleman and work his jiu-jitsu. His striking game was pretty basic — he had no power behind his punches, just kind of threw his hands out there — but it proved to be effective keeping Randleman at range. Gracie finally found his opening halfway through the second round. Off a clinch, Roger caught Kevin with a knee sending him to the mat. Roger jumped on top, eventually finding his way to mount and then Randleman’s back where he sunk in a rear-naked choke for the win.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Joey Villasenor: Jacare came out of the gate strong. He dominated Joey Villasenor in the first round with his striking, takedowns and vicious grand and pound. Villasenor managed to survive but it didn’t look good. Lucky for him, Jacare started to slow down in the second. Villasenor was still having trouble staying off his back, but he was able to escape pretty easily and bring the fight where he wanted it — on the feet. Still, even as Villasenor seemed to get his second wind in the final minutes, Jacare had enough energy reserved to shut him down when he was about to inflict serious damage. Jacare wins the unanimous decision.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva: For all the criticism Andrei Arlovski gets for his chin, man, he ate a ton of big shots tonight and didn’t go to sleep from any of them. Problem for Arlovski was a solid chin doesn’t win you fights, it just keeps you in them. Antonio Silva used his reach to outstrike Arlovski and his size to put him on the ground when needed to. Andrei looked fairly sharp with his boxing, but he had trouble closing the distance and dealing with Silva’s distance. Additionally, Arlovski still has a problem keeping his hands up which left his head wide open to Silva monster fists. Silva wins the unanimous decision leaving Arlovski still searching for answers.
Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers: Alistair Overeem is a monster. He had no trouble whatsoever putting away Brett Rogers tonight. During an early exchange, both fighters briefly clinched and Overeem tossed Rogers to the ground like he was a light heavyweight. Overeem pounced, Rogers went into survival mode, lasted a couple minutes, but Overeem eventually finished him off with what some might mistake as a missile strike. Dude is a badass. He made his case tonight to be considered one of the world’s top heavyweights. If you ask me, he’d give anyone in the UFC a run for their money, and has a good of a chance as anyone to beat Fedor Emelianenko, although there’s no mistaking who’s the favorite going into that fight. Here’s to hoping Strikeforce can make it happen.
As for Brett Rogers, he said he was going to come into this fight loose and ready to bring it, but that’s not what we saw tonight. Brett was tight and he let Alistair control the fight. Once Alistair put him on his back, he couldn’t find a way out. According to the CompuStrike stats, Rogers landed 1 strike total to Overeem’s 54. Back to the drawing board for Brett Rogers.