Strikeforce Results: What's Next for the Winners and Losers of the Main Card?
On paper it appeared to have the makings of a great card, but the main event ultimately failed to live up to the hype and was a disappointment to many of the fans watching.
Nonetheless, Overeem did what he had to do and will now advance to the tournament semi-finals to face the man they call "Bigfoot."
Additionally, Josh Barnett picked up his first win under the Strikeforce banner and will also advance to the semi-finals against Sergei Kharitonov.
Valentijn Overeem is a veteran of 60 MMA bouts, and he certainly looked his age against Chad Griggs.
Overeem's heart is seriously under question now, having tapped due to strikes in the first round. The Dutchman looked like he didn't even want to be in the cage last night, failing to mount any sort of offense.
In my opinion, his heart isn't in the sport anymore, and I seriously think that retirement is his best option.
Although Chad Griggs isn't the most talented guy in the Strikefoce heavyweight division, he goes out there and does his job.
Sure, he beat a faded Valentijn Overeem, but Griggs came into that fight like he always does: storming out of the corner, guns blazing and looking for the finish.
I think it's time for Strikeforce to give "The Gravedigger" a step-up in competition, and a match-up with fellow main card winner Daniel Cormier makes sense in my opinion.
Last night, Jeff Monson's lack of a striking game was exposed by up-and-comer Daniel Cormier, who actually showed a surprisingly adept stand-up game.
Monson was unable to implement his game-plan due to his inability to take down the former Olympian—indeed, a tough task for anyone.
Time and time again, we have seen that Monson has a clear size disadvantage at heavyweight. Therefore, a drop to 205 pounds would be a step in the right direction.
Daniel Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler, pleasantly surprised us all last night by displaying some impressive boxing skills.
In my opinion, Cormier could very well become a contender in the future if he can continue to round out his overall game as a mixed martial artist.
I think that a match-up against fellow prospect, Chad Griggs, would make sense at this point in time or perhaps even a future bout against Shane del Rosario, once he recovers from his injuries.
However, it may be a little too early to match two developing prospects at this moment in time.
After dropping a decision against Masvidal, KJ Noons now finds himself on a two-fight losing streak.
In addition to losing the striking battle, Noons' weakness in the take-down department was also exposed by his opponent.
If Noons is serious about becoming a contender, then he needs to work diligently on becoming a more versatile fighter, rather than being a one-dimensional striker.
A match-up against Lyle Beerbohm would make sense, since both fighters are on a two-fight skid.
In my opinion, Jorge Masvidal's one-sided beating of KJ Noons was the most impressive performance of the night.
Masvidal thoroughly dominated the skilled boxer with a wide array of strikes, dropping Noons and opening him up. In addition, Masvidal showed solid game-planning by using well-timed take-downs to keep his opponent off balance.
In my opinion, Masvidal's performance was more than enough to prove that he is a worthy challenger to Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez.
Although he was once a promising contender at heavyweight, Brett Rogers' failure to win against elite competition have signalled that he is nothing more than a powerful brawler with a puncher's chance.
It was a grim night for Brett Rogers as he was overmatched and submitted by perennial heavyweight contender, Josh Barnett.
Where does Rogers go from here? Maybe to Bellator, where he could possibly thrive in a much shallower heavyweight division.
Josh Barnett's victory over Brett Rogers wasn't thrilling in any sense, but he was able to use a clear advantage in the ground game by taking down "The Grim" and submitting him with relative ease.
After Fedor's most recent defeat at the hands of Antonio Silva, many people view Barnett as the favourite to win this tournament.
However, he is faced with no easy task in the semi-finals.
His next opponent will be fellow Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov, and he will also have to pass another drug test.
One word can be used to describe Fabricio Werdum's performance last night: disappointing.
Despite having success on the feet against the K-1 level kick-boxer, Werdum opted to pull guard and butt-scoot his way to a decision loss. In my opinion, Werdum did not fight to win, but rather, not to lose.
In my opinion, Werdum should face fellow main card loser, Brett Rogers, in a possible "loser leaves Strikeforce" match-up.
Alistair Overeem may have won the decision last night, but he failed to impress in doing so.
Perhaps this was because he respected Werdum's ground game too much, or the more likely reason was probably due to the fact that he was facing top-level competition for the first time in a while.
If we take his performance against Werdum as a sign of things to come, Overeem will certainly have his hands full against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
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