Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, with his victory over Fabricio Werdum in Dallas on Saturday night, moves on in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, although he wasn’t very happy with the way the fight went.
“Fabricio is the best grappler in MMA. I can consider myself, with the K-1 title, the best striker in MMA,” Overeem told Strikeforce Sports reporter Heidi Androl after the fight.
As such, Overeem wanted to keep the fight standing, while Overeem made every attempt to get it to the ground, which ended up being a frustrating night for both fighters and the fans watching. Overeem was never able to inflict the damage that he is known for with his striking prowess, although he easily won a unanimous decision.
He now moves on to the semifinal round of the tournament to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, while Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov square off in the other half of the bracket, sometime this fall.
Overeem broke down the fight with Androl and talked about facing Silva in his next Grand Prix bout.