Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament
This weekend is another great weekend for MMA. With the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament finally taking shape and moving forward we can expect another great weekend of fights! Here are picks below and why I think they will win. Please feel free to comment and let me know your picks.
Alistair Overeem Vs. Fabricio Werdum
Usually I’m always down for picking the BJJ guys, but Overeem is a beast! The “Demolition Man” or Ubereem as I have heard him called before hasn’t lost a fight in nearly 4 years, or since he has gone from a lean 205 lbs fighter to a 253 lbs muscle mass that would would make Lou Ferrigno of the Incredible Hulk fame run for cover. Since Fabricio shocked the world when he submitted Fedor back in June 2010 anything can happen. I look for Overeem to play it safe and avoid being taken down by keeping Werdum at a distance with his jabs and staying away from being clinched against the cage. If he can do this his striking is at a world class level and think he would pick Werdum apart on the feet. If he can’t the poop can hit the perverbial fan, and Werdum takes him to his happy place. As much as it pains me to say it, I just can’t see it happening so I think Overeem wins by TKO 2nd round.
Brett Rogers Vs. Josh Barnett
Rogers has lost 2 of his last 3 fights and definitely has his hands full with the crafty Barnett. Barnett has been around a long time, and has fought some of the best this sport has to offer. The Babyfaced Assassin has won 6 straight fights and hasn’t been stopped since he dropped a unanimous decision to Big Nog back in 2006 in the now defunct Pride. Barnett will bee too much to handle for Rogers. I don’t think Rogers has the techincal skill level to keep Barnett from winning this fight. I believe Josh will be able to get Rogers to the ground and finish him by submission or severe ground and pound pretty quickly.
KJ Noons Vs. Jorge Masvidal
This is an interesting fight to me. KJ coming off his loss to Nick Diaz is looking to get back on the winning track. Masvidal who got his start in the backyards of Miami, FL just like your boy Kimbo has compiled an impressive record. I think this has the making of being a stand up war! With KJ’s boxing background and high technical level I think he will will a close decision. Anything can happen with the game Masvidal and I don’t see him going down easy. I hope to see a war, and think this has the making of fight of the night!
Daniel Cormier Vs. Jeff Monson
Jeff “The Snowman” Monson has been around forever! He has great wrestling and BJJ and will have to be on his game to be able to deal with Cormier, who is a former Jr. College National Champion (2x) and a NCAA runner up while at wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University. Not only that he was on the 2004 and 2008 USA Olympic Wrestling teams. Being highly decorated as an amatuer competitior doesn’t make him a beast in the cage, but Cormier also sports a 7-0 professional MMA record. I believe Monson is on the decline in this sport, and Cormier who is super athletic looks to take advantage of that. I think this will be another decision with Cormier taking it.
Valetijn Overeem Vs. Chad Griggs
Overeem looked impressive in his last outing, but Griggs has a granite chin and a massive heart! I see Griggs taking this in slobber knocker!