Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix – Fabricio Werdum Vs. Alistair Overeem Play By Play

There are four heavyweight fights tonight on the second quarterfinals show in the Grand Prix. KJ Noons also faces Jorge Masvidal. The intrigue to this show is based on the main event. Alistair Overeem is the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, but we haven’t seen him fight much. He faces Fabricio Werdum who took all the steam way from Fedor when he goaded him to the ground and tapped him out in San Jose.

First fight is a heavyweight match-up.

1. Chad Griggs Vs. Valentijn Overeem

Hmmm. Griggs had Overeem up against the cage and Overeem pushed forward. Griggs drop stepped and threw him down, sort of like a hip toss. Griggs started punching on the ground, Overeem turtled, and he tapped.

Winner: Chad Griggs by way of 1st submission (via punches)

2. Jeff Monson vs. Daniel Cormier

Cormier’s boxing looked really solid in the first round. He was pretty comfortable in there and was beating Monson to the punch every time. Monson is ducking his head and turning it, which opens up the back of his head a bit to Cormier’s right hand. All boxing and most of it was Cormier.

Second round was more of the same, though both guys look to be getting a bit tired. Cormier is also using kicks to keep Monson at bay. They clinched against the cage a couple of times, which might’ve been more because of being tired than anything else.
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix – Antonio Silva Vs. Fedor Emelianenko (Huge Upset)

They’re doing Pride style introductions for all the combatants in the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Let’s get into it.

1. Ray Sefo vs. Valentijn Overeem

Overeem tried to start on the feet, but Sefo was getting the better of him so Overeem went for the takedown and immediately grabbed his neck, cranked it and Sefo tapped.

Winner: Valentin Overeem by way of 1st round submission

2. Gian Villante vs. Chad Griggs

These guys just let their hands go and didn’t really care if they were going to get tired. Griggs was getting the better of it for most of it. Villante tried to turn it into a wrestling match, but he couldn’t close quickly enough without getting hit and he was wobbly early. He threw a wide high kick that cut Griggs’ ear up. Griggs threw two right hands that dropped Villante and Villante didn’t get back up after the second one. Fun, though entirely sloppy fight.

Winner: Chad Griggs by way of 1st round TKO

3. Lavar Johnson vs. Shane Del Rosario
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Strikeforce Houston – Feijao Vs. King Mo

This is the second MMA card of the week, not counting Bellator, and it’s another card that just feels there. The WEC card was poorly promoted and so is this one. The UFC card next week has been well promoted, but it shouldn’t surprise you since they are the number one company in the game.

In all reality, we got a Strikeforce Challengers card last weekend which didn’t feel all that special and then this regular Strikeforce card which should feel special and doesn’t. I wonder if there’s simply too much MMA out there right now. I’ll watch and write about most MMA, but the difference between this show and a UFC show is that I’ll go out of my way to make sure I see the UFC show live and there’s not that sense of urgency with Strikeforce these days.

Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, and Frank Shamrock are the announcers.

Bobby Lashley and Chad Griggs are already in the cage.

1. Chad Griggs vs. Bobby Lashley

Griggs has these huge pork chop sideburns. Lashley is down in weight a bit, but still looks jacked.

Lashley immediately shot in and easily got into side control. Gus and Frank talked about why pro wrestlers were coming into MMA. Frank said it’s the same business, yet wrestlers work harder. They should’ve asked Mauro since he actually worked in the business for a bit. Lashley was trying to pass but Griggs was doing a good job of working from the bottom. Griggs got up, but Lashley got him back down. Griggs is slippery and he was able to get up again and nailed Lashley with a knee from the clinch. Lashley buckled. They were separated and Lashley went for another takedown and got it, but Lashley took an uppercut and is bleeding. I don’t think he ever bled in WWE, but I could be wrong. It’s a nasty cut to the left corner of his left eye.

Lashley’s breathing pretty hard to start the round. Lashley picked Griggs up and slammed him down like a spinebuster slam. Lashley is pumping right hands down on Griggs. He was able to get into full mount and Griggs is trying to cover up. Griggs used his feet and the cage to get away from the corner, but couldn’t buck Lashley. If this was the UFC, Lashley would be able to reign down with elbows. They stopped the fight to check out his eye and he says he wanted to continue. Lashley shot in and didn’t get the takedown. He was holding onto one leg while Griggs was firing down hammer shots at him. The bell rang and he landed at least one after the bell. The ref stopped it and the fight is over. Lashley now has one loss.

Winner: Chad Griggs by way of 2nd round TKO

Well, at least Batista vs. Lashley will be easier to put together now. It’s going to be interesting to hear Lashley’s story on this one. His wrestling was better than anything Griggs had, but he just got tired and sloppy. I wonder if Griggs has a future here at heavyweight.

They’re promoting an October 9th card with Nick Diaz headlining without an opponent yet. You’d wish they had one and also that Diaz would be here to talk about it. And instead, they interview Luke Rockhold who fights Matt Linland on the same card. Rather than promoting the main event and draw, you promote a fight that’s probably third from the top. Head scratcher. And it was not a good promo.

2. Jorge Gurgel vs. KJ Noons

We’ll see if Gurgel uses his wrestling. If not, Noons could eat his lunch.
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Strikeforce Houston Weigh-ins

Here are the weights for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce card in Houston.

Chad Cook (205.25) vs. Arteneus Young (204)

Humberto DeLeon (127.25) vs. Chad Robichaux (131)

Jose Santibanez (154.25) vs. Reynaldo Trujillo (155.25)

Kier Gooch (155.5) vs. Adam Schindler (155.5)

Rocky Long (146.25) vs. Vinicius Magalhaes (144.5)

Andre Galvao (170.75) vs. Jorge Patino

Daniel Cormier (249) vs. Jason Riley (256.5)

Chad Griggs (228.5) vs. Bobby Lashley (246)

Jorge Gurgel (154.75) vs. K.J. Noons (156.25)

Tim Kennedy (185) vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.75)

King Mo (203.75) vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (203.5)

From Bryan Alvarez at F4W/Wrestling Observer:

Patino has not weighed in yet. Robichaux was a pound over and has an hour to make weight for the fight. Noons missed weight by 1/4 pound but Gurgel said that was fine and he won’t have to weigh in again.

If I find an update on Patino and Robichaux, I’ll update it here.

Update:

Per the press release I just received from Strikeforce, Patino weighed in at 170 and 8/10 pounds. I guess they didn’t just want to say 4/5 or just 171.

I’m also not exactly sure what the weight limit is for DeLeon vs. Chad Robichaux as according to the press release, Robichaux was still the same weight.

Another update:

Ariel Helwani added a video of the actual weigh-ins.