Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:15 pm
Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, has not fought for the promotion since November 2007, when he won the title.
He finally returns to defend the title against Brett "The Grim" Rogers, who earned some new fans in his hard-fought loss to Fedor Emelianenko last fall.
Round 1: They quickly engage but neither connects with anything solid. Overeem stalking Rogers. Straight punch by Rogers, Overeem answers with a leg kick. Overeem with more leg kicks. Rogers misses with a big left and clinches Overeem. Overeem "hulks out" of it, throwing Rogers to the mat.
Overeem follows him and starts grounding and pounding from the top. Overeem takes side control and throws some elbows from the top. Rogers scrambles up and almost lands in a guillotine choke, so he aborts the escape. Overeem holds Rogers in side control with his other side against the fence. Overeem with knees and elbows. He switches to fists, and Rogers eventually covers up. Overeem unloads with a ton of punches from the top, and referee
Big" John McCarthy stops the fight.
Winner: Alistair Overeem defeats Brett Rogers via TKO due to strikes at 3:40 of Round 1 to retain the Strikeforce heavyweight title.
Overeem says after the win that he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next, pointing out that Fedor's management turned down the chance to fight him on this show.
Overeem is the natural next opponent for Fedor, even more so than FabricioWerdum (who will fight Fedor in June). Partially because Emelianenko is treated like the champion even though he isn't, so it makes sense to give him the chance to make it official. Likewise, Overeem, in being the champion, should fight the best in his division, which is clearly Fedor.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 9:34 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 9:58 pm
We'll have a live blog of tonight's Strikeforce event in St. Louis beginning at roughly 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the main blog link for the latest updates and round-by-round details as the main card begins.
Here are the quickie undercard results from St. Louis:
The main card tonight consists of the following:
See you in a few for the start of the live blog.
Posted on: July 21, 2009 7:57 pm
Strikeforce announced via press release on Tuesday that heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem re-injured his hand, and has been forced to pull out of his title defense against Fabricio Werdum on Aug. 15 in San Jose, Calif.
Overeem injured his hand in a reported bar fight earlier this year. No replacement opponent has been named for Werdum, but the press release promised "a replacement bout for the scratched heavyweight fight will be announced soon."
The fight vs. Overeem would have been Werdum's Strikeforce debut after going 2-2 in four bouts in the UFC from 2007 to 2008, including wins over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga. Werdum previously defeated Overeem in PRIDE in 2006, submitting him via kimura at 3:43 of Round 2.
Overeem fought four times in 2008, but has not fought for Strikeforce since becoming the promotion's first heavyweight champion with a win over Paul Buentello on Nov. 16, 2007.
The Strikeforce event on Aug. 15 will mark almost exactly 21 months since Strikeforce awarded the heavyweight title to Overeem. There has not been a single defense of that title since it was awarded.
Perhaps it's time for Strikeforce to consider crowning an interim champion. We'll see how much longer they're willing to wait patiently while their champion fights elsewhere -- including, allegedly, in bars -- while showing off their title belt on his mantle.