by MMAWeekly.com Staff
For the first time in nearly three years, Alistair Overeem will return to Strikeforce to defend his heavyweight title. Stepping in to oppose him will be Minnesota fighter Brett Rogers, who looks to bounce back from the first loss of his career when he faced Fedor Emelianenko last November.
Also on the card will be a match-up of heavyweight contenders as former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski looks to move past two losses in a row when he squares off against American Top Team heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
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STRIKEFORCE: HEAVY ARTILLERY PLAY-BY-PLAY:
ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS. BRETT ROGERS
R1 – Both fighters spend the first minute searching for their range. Neither landing a lot of punches, but Overeem landing a few leg kicks and then tossing Rogers to the ground. He follows Rogers down, landing a couple punches on the way, and starts working from side control. Overeem keeps his weight on top of Rogers dropping elbows to the body and hammerfists to the head. Rogers scrambles, but Overeem maintains control, dropping a couple punches from standing before dropping back down to side control. Overeem gets up to his knees and starts pounding Rogers with ground and pound, unrelenting with his punches until referee John McCarthy stops it.
Alistair Overeem def. Brett Rogers by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, R1
ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. ANTONIO SILVA
R1 – Silva lands a couple early inside leg kicks. Both fighters test their range, searching for an opening with their boxing. Silva looks much more calm than Arlovski, both landing the jab. Both landing leg kicks, Arlovski misses with his punches and eats a couple counter rights from Silva, the second one rocked Arlovski. Silva clinches and presses Arlovski to the cage, landing knees to the legs with two minutes to go in the round. Silva backs out, lands a leg kick then follows with a couple punches that rock Arlovski before putting him on the mat. Silva starts ground and pounding from Arlovski’s full guard, but can’t do much with it before the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Silva
R2 – Silva doing a good job eluding Arlovski’s punches and countering with a big right hand. About a minute in, Silva landed a flurry and then pressed Arlovski into the cage. Arlovski reverses position, kneeing Silva in the legs. Good short uppercut from Arlovski, but Silva answers then they’re separated after the action slows. Arlovski clinches and they work along the fence before being separated. Arlovski lands good combination and then a jab to the body. Silva clinches and lands a solid knee to the body. Arlovski reverses position then trades punches with Silva on the break.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Arlovski
R3 – Silva switching stances a lot now. Good inside kick-left jab combination from Silva. He then presses Arlovski into the fence landing a few short knees and punches before they get separated. They exchange in the center of the cage, Arlovski missing a lot, Silva getting the better of the exchange. They clinch on the fence, Silva landing a few short knees to the legs and body, but are quickly separated. Arlovski kicks, but Silva steps in with some effective counterpunching to nullify the kicks. Silva presses Arlovski on the cage and then scoops him up for a big double-leg takedown, immediately passing to half guard. Silva stands up in Arlovski’s guard and drops a couple really big shots down before moving back into full guard. Arlovski gets back to his feet and they’re quickly separated, but no real offense before the bell sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Silva
Antonio Silva def. Andre Arlovski by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
RONALDO “JACARE” DE SOUZA VS. JOEY VILLASENOR
R1 – Jacare shoots right away, but Villasenor sprawls out and they end up clinched on the fence. Jacare drops down, lands a takedown, and starts ground and pounding from half guard. Jacare moves to full mount, pounding away on Villasenor’s face. Villasenor bucks and rolls out from under Jacare, getting back to his feet. They clinch, Villasenor’s back to the fence. Jacare takes Villasenor to mat again, landing some heavy ground and pound punches from full guard before passing to half guard. Villasenor escapes and gets back to his feet, only to immediately return to his back. Jacare starts working for a Kimura from half guard, but Villasenor escapes to survive the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jacare
R2 – Jacare goes right back to the double-leg takedown and puts Villasenor on his back, landing in half guard. But again, Villasenor regains his feet. Jacare returns the favor by taking Villasenor down again, working from half guard. Villasenor escapes and returns to his feet once more and immediately starts headhunting with two minutes left in the round. Jacare lands a solid short left hook, shoots and takes Villasenor down again, starting up another ground and pound attack from full guard. Villasenor escapes to his feet again, defending another takedown as the bell sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jacare
R3 – Villasenor storms in right away with a strong boxing combination, Jacare bleeding from the nose and mouth. Villasenor stops Jacare’s takedown attempt. Villasenor lands another right hand then sprawls out on another takedown attempt. Jacare comes back with a big overhand right and follows with a double-leg, putting Villasenor on his back for the first time this round with half the round to go. Jacare works a grinding ground and pound from half guard, not mounting a lot of offense, but keeping Villasenor on the defensive. The referee stands them up with one minute left even though Jacare was still punching from half guard. Jacare goes right back to the takedown, putting Villasenor on his back for the remainder of the fight.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Jacare
Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza def. Joey Villasenor by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
ROGER GRACIE VS. KEVIN RANDLEMAN
R1 – Both fighters are leery to engage early, each trying to find his range. Gracie tries to get his jab going, but is having trouble landing it. Randleman is looking for the takedown, but having a difficult time with Gracie’s six foot four inch frame. He moves in and Gracie puts on a half-hearted guillotine attempt. Randleman presses Gracie to the cage. Gracie drags Randleman down with the guillotine, but they immediately scramble out and back to their feet.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Gracie
R2 – Randleman immediately lands a hard body shot. Gracie starts picking up his pace, pawing at Randleman, and landing his jab and the straight right. Randleman presses Gracie, who maintains the clinch and catches Randleman with successive knees to the chin, the second of which dropped the former Pride fighter. Gracie follows him down and takes full mount, nearly landing a side choke. Randleman escapes and Gracie takes his back, locking on a figure-four body lock. Randleman is able to defend the rear naked choke for a bit, but eventually succumbs and taps out.
Roger Gracie def. Kevin Randleman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:10, R2
ANTWAIN BRITT VS. RAFAEL “FAJAO” CAVALCANTE
R1 – Britt lands a couple of strong left hooks early, but Fajao quickly clinches. They separate and Britt is getting the better of the stand-up with his boxing. Fajao gets a couple shots in, but Britt is landing more frequently and with more power. Fajao clinches again, but Britt lands a couple hard uppercuts. They separate briefly, but clinch again, this time Fajao lands some knees before the action slows. They restart and Fajao clips Britt with a right hand then follows up with a flurry that puts Britt down and has the referee stepping in to stop the fight.
Fajao gets a big hug from his coach, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Rafael Cavalcante def. Antwain Britt by TKO (Strikes) at 3:45, R1
STRIKEFORCE: HEAVY ARTILLERY RESULTS:
MAIN CARD (ON SHOWTIME):
-Alistair Overeem def. Brett Rogers by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, R1
-Antonio Silva def. Andre Arlovski by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza def. Joey Villasenor by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Roger Gracie def. Kevin Randleman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:10, R2
-Rafael Cavalcante def. Antwain Britt by TKO (Strikes) at 3:45, R1
PRELIMINARY CARD (NON-TELEVISED):
-Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:22, R1
-Lyle Beerbohm def. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27), R3
-Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), R3
-Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:59, R1
-Fransisco “Kiko” France def. Lee Brousseau by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:27, R1
-Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:56, R1
-Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:45, R3