Yes, I know, the second quarterfinal of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix was a couple weeks ago, old news, but I wasn’t here so you might as well sit and read my opinions. Well, only if you really want to, of course.
“Business as usual.” “Coker remains at the head of Strikeforce, no he won’t.” “No,I won’t attend Strikeforce events, here I am front row.” “No there won’t be any cross-promotion, well maybe.” “No there won’t be any UFC vs. Strikeforce fights, then again maybe. “Oh yes there will be.”
Remind you of anyone? Ever since the Silicon Valley Sports bailed out on Scott Coker and the Strikeforce organization, making way for the UFC to overtake the company (and almost all North-American MMA), the UFC president has contradicted his postures basically every day since it was made public.
Now, some months away after the buy-out, and at a moment were fans are growing accustomed to the idea of Strikeforce disappearing in the very near future, and their fighters—the ones good enough and the ones who are not at war or despised by Dana White—merging with the UFC, another disastrous event befalls the MMA fans and Strikeforce—an embarrassing display of what MMA isn’t or shouldn’t by two of the top Heavyweights in the world—the quarterfinal match between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.
Actually, let’s change the phrase “two of the top Heavyweights in the world” for “two of the most famous” if I may. Since that night at the Strikeforce Grandprix I have a problem seeing neither of them as top heavyweight competition.
In what many MMA fans consider one of the most boring and exasperating fights in MMA ever, Alistair Overeem was given a unanimous decision win over Fabricio Werdum.
In a fight where neither fighter could establish his game plan or at least bring his opponent to his fight, the fans had to sit and suffer how Werdum could do nothing to bring Overeem to his ground game and Overeem did nothing but avoid the ground, his striking never showing up at all, or not as it does in his K-1 bouts.
As soon as that fight was over (and even before the results came in because basically, it wouldn’t have changed a thing if they gave it to Werdum), only one thing was on my mind—these two have just murdered the chances for the UFC vs. Strikeforce heavyweight dream bouts.
Why you ask? After seeing such a lackluster display of second-level MMA and how both men refused to enter each other’s realm, what would you think would happen if either of them faced anyone in the UFC Heavyweight top 10?
Pick any name you want from that list and tell me if that fighter isn’t a complete, well-rounded MMA fighter.
Do you think a Cain Velasquez, Junior DosSantos, or a Shane Carwin couldn’t take (and keep) Alistair Overeem on the ground if he proved to be to dangerous for any of them on their feet?
Or let’s say it’s Werdum who enters that fight against a top UFC heavyweight, you don’t think most men in that division are well versed in the submission game and could hang with Fabricio on the mat?
I would say nine out of ten times either Werdum or Overeem face a top UFC heavy, they lose, and not a squeezed-out decision loss, they would lose in spectacular fashion.
So, after thinking and weighing options like those, don’t you think Dana White now has an excuse to not mix his elite, world-class heavyweights with fighters who proved they have huge holes in their games?
I wouldn’t, I would let them melt away under the Strikeforce banner when the absorption is complete, let Overeem keep beating up the Todd-Duffees of the world and let Werdum do his BJJ thing around the world.
Until they round up their games, they are no match for almost anyone inside the UFC Heavyweight division. And as much as a lot of people hate to admit it, this time Dana White was right when he said that Overeem being in the top 10 heavyweight list isn’t justified.
As for Werdum, even after a fading-away Fedor Emelianenko, his placement in the heavyweight ranks is not too favorable. I would say back to drawing board and start working with your striking and wrestling skills.
What do you think my friends? Am I being too passionate here? Or do you also think they wouldn't cut it in the UFC? Let me know what your opinion is.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted at The MMA Truth.