The main event of last night’s Strikeforce event between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum turned out to be a huge letdown as the Brazilian attempted to avoid standing with his opponent at all costs, while the champion sensibly refused to be drawn into a ground battle with the BJJ expert.
That resulted in somewhat of a stalemate, and despite the fact that Overeem eventually did enough to win by unanimous decison to progress to the semi-finals of the heavyweight GP, in a post-fight interview with MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani he expressed his disappointment at his own performance, and in particular his frustration with Werdum’s spoiling tactics.
“I’m a little bit dissappointed in this fight about my performance because I couldn’t deliver on the knockout, but I think he should be a little bit ashamed of his performance by not delivering to the fans at all what they paid their ticket for.”
Here’s more of what Overeem had to say.
– After seeing post-fight the amount of takedown attempts that Werdum had he can only conclude that he had no interest in the stand-up fight.
– Overeem admits that while Werdum did get through with a few strikes due to the small gloves they wear (presumably as opposed to the boxing gloves they wear when he competes in K-1), nothing really hurt him and that the Brazilian was not throwing hard to KO him, but rather to set up yet more takedowns.
– The champion describes his cardio in the fight as “not that bad” despite appearing to tire in the final round.
– He says he’ll begin training for his semi-final opponent Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in a couple of weeks after a holiday. He’s not sure exactly when the fight will take place, but he expects it to be around October time.
– As for his brother Valentijn’s loss earlier in the evening, he desribes it as, “a very bad fight.”