Strikeforce “Overeem vs. Werdum” takes place later tonight at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The event airs on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT. The broadcast will be preceded by a prelim special on HDNet at 8pm ET.
In the main event, Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum meet in a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout.
In the co-main event, Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers meet in the other Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal.
In other heavyweight grand prix action, Jeff Monson takes on Daniel Cormier in a reserve bout.
Chad Griggs and Valentijn Overeem meet in the other reserve bout.
KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal fight for a potential lightweight title shot against Gilbert Melendez.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Josh Barnett def. Brett Rogers via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:17 in Round 2
- Jorge Masvidal def. K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Daniel Cormier def. Jeff Monson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Chad Griggs def. Valentijn Overeem via TKO (Punches) at 2:08 in Round 1
- Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox – No Contest at :31 in Round 2 due to accidental eye poke
- Conor Heun def. Magno Almeida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nah-Shon Burrell def. Joe Ray via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Todd Moore def. Mike Bronzoulis via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Brian Melancon via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Chad Griggs vs. Valentijn Overeem: The Biblical Samson was granted unearthly strength to crush the Philistines, and as Delilah discovered, those supernatural powers resided in Samson’s hair. Though lacking long, luxurious locks, Griggs does sport some serious muttonchops. Coincidence? Valentijn Overeem would likely say no. From the tie-up against the cage to Griggs’ salto toss to the subsequent ground and pound, it was all about the American beating the stuffing out of the Dutchman and earning the TKO win at 2:08 of the opening round.
Jeff Monson vs. Daniel Cormier: In a contest between an Olympic wrestler (Cormier) and a noted anarchist who hates America (Monson), it’s hard to know who to root for. No, wait, it’s not hard. USA! USA! Fortunately, Cormier was able to combat Monson’s experience (he wields a vast fifty-plus fight resume) with some much-improved boxing, and for all three rounds that pugilistic skill enabled him to batter Monson relentlessly. There were one-two combos, there were stumbling hooks, and every now and then there were kicks, and when time ran out, the man representing mom and apple pie had done more than enough to warrant the unanimous decision. Hooray for Cormier and America!
K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal: If they only allowed hands in MMA, Noons would murder Masvidal. But in this match-up between two dynamic strikers, knees and kicks were allowed as well – and in the opening round, Masvidal used knees to bloody his foe and a brilliantly-timed head-kick to stun him. Noons barely made it out the first, and the American Top Team representative kept up the onslaught in the second, even mixing in some takedowns to keep Noons from settling in and finding his range on his punches. Round 3 – though no near-death experience for Noons – was still all Masvidal, and he took the well-deserved unanimous decision when all was said and done.
Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers: There were a lot of question marks hanging over the heads of Rogers and Barnett when they stepped into the cage, question marks at the end of such sentences as “Is Rogers a worthy heavyweight?” and “Is Barnett still relevant?” Well, I don’t know about the answers to those questions, but I do know that when these heavyweight tournament quarterfinalists met in the cage, Barnett had zero trouble getting Rogers down and riding him like a pony. Thanks to his attempts at scrambling and his active hips, Rogers was able to avoid getting finished in the first round. No such luck for him in the second, though, as Barnett threw him down, mounted him, and slapped on the arm-triangle choke at 1:17 in.
Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum: It was shades of Tom Erikson vs. Murillo Bustamante (circa 1996), as jiu-jitsu master Werdum struggled to pull Overeem into his world and Overeem continually stepped out of his opponent’s guard and beckoned him to stand. Yes, folks, the famed “buttscoot” was in full effect, and when the Brazilian failed to find success in luring the gigantic Dutchman down to the mat, Werdum went so far as to press his hands together and beg him to join him. However, unlike with the Erikson/Bustamante bout of yore, Werdum managed a bit of standup, throwing lots of harmless leather that bounced off Overeem’s head as he made his way into the clinch. Ultimately, it was all for naught. Werdum clearly had nothing for the Strikeforce champ, and the judges agreed, rending Overeem the winner via unanimous decision.