Everyone is giving Werdum credit with his stand up. Sure, he has improved but what people fail to notice is that his strikes were just more glancing blows and didn't connect that much. Whatever shots he happened to land, Overeem landed more efficiently and with more damage. Everyone keeps saying Werdum owned the stand up but Overeem was just being square and kind of deflecting those shots but without trying to seem pretentious or like a know it all; I guess to the untrained eye or for anyone who doesn't know much about kickboxing; it looked like Werdum outclassed him.
Overeem, in my opinion bullied and embarrassed Werdum and had zero issues getting up from his guard. He defended really well and was like in zero trouble on the ground. Overeem, could have really finished Werdum much faster if he wanted but he was just being stupid. I don't think Werdum would have gotten Overeem down if he wanted to in the 1st round. Overeem should have also kicked those legs when Werdum was on his ass but who am I to say.
Overall, the fight was terrible and I was pissed off at Overeem because I was telling my non knowledgeable MMA friends what a great fighter he is (and still is) and he put on a performance like that and of course my friends completely just wrote him off and the sport of MMA all together.
As for the rest of the card; it was pretty good but not the typical awesome memorable card Strikeforce puts on. I wasn't surprised at Valenjtine Overeem losing to strikes. I don't know why anyone is even surprised. If they know anything about the guy is that he's a mental midget, even more so than his younger brother. If he's not winning from the get go, he's not winning period.
Jorge Masvidal looked amazing against Noons and I have to say I didn't expect him to dominate Noons the way he did. Great counter striking, great take downs, great ground work. Just completely outworked and put a hurting on Noons. Didn't say the win coming like that. I think Jorge Masvidal is one of those sleeper guys. He wins when you least expect it and he'll be a stiff test for anyone trying to get a title. That being said I see him as a gate keeper at best but probably will get a title shot down the road.
Josh Barnett did what he had to do against Brett Rogers and showed why he is the man. Don't know why anyone would be surprised about that. If you've followed Josh's career, you know he's very talented and is a great fighter in all areas. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he wins the tournament. Heck, I am rooting for him and Thunderhorse the most.
I see the GP being Barnett and Thunderhorse or Big Foot. I can see Josh Barnett having a good exciting fight with Sergei but taking him to the ground and working him there. Not that Sergei is a slouch on the ground but I don't think he would be able to out smart Josh, Josh is too crafty on the ground. I think Josh Barnett will win a decision against Sergei.
Overeem vs Giant Silva will be interesting. I think a lot of people are completely writing Overeem off and discrediting him. Everyone probably thinks Silva is going to destroy him and run right through him. I think even Bigfoot feels he can destroy Thunderhorse and is probably going to come out more aggressive than he ever has and try to knock overeem out.
Bigfoot is very light on his feet and agile for a guy his size. However, I just don't see him running through Overeem like everyone predicts him too and if it goes to the ground, I don't see him doing much there either. He's a black belt in BJJ but he's just not the same black belt in BJJ like Werdum is. He's best chance is ground and pounding Overeem. He's stronger than Werdum and can certainly get it there but Overeem isn't a weakling and isn't no Fedor whom Bigfoot is just going to bully around and he'll probably get tired trying to attempt it and having it be stuffed.
If Overeem doesn't get careless or respect Bigfoot too much, I see him winning TKO over Silva if Silva comes out with aggressive striking, which Overeem doesn't have an issue with. On TOP of all this, everyone is either a noob to MMA or just have forgotten that Overeem DOES in fact have a great, great ground game and won fights with submissions before. So who knows what Overeem can pull out his hat. In my opinion, sometimes Thunderhorse is his own worst enemy, and if he doesn't get discouraged under fire, I think he can win this GP.
Regardless of what happens, I hope the next GP comes SOON and is much more fun than the previous show!!