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Werdum blasts Overeem: “He’s not the same fighter without the juice”

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Fabricio Werdum attributes Alistair Overeem's dominance to performance enhancing drugs

Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem have met twice in their career and each of them holds a victory over the other. Werdum drew first blood when he submitted Overeem in Pride more than seven years ago. The former K-1 Grand Prix champion later avenged the loss with a unanimous decision victory in 2011.

According to Werdum, Overeem has not performed well after testing for elevated levels of testosterone in the pre-fight test of his scrapped title shot against then champion Junior Dos Santos. Overeem took a year long hiatus and returned to the cage with back to back knockout losses to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne.

“He lacks a little bit in gas because of his steroids,” says Werdum. “He changes a lot if you take his juice off. Everybody saw what happened. Overeem is one fighter with his juice, but he changes completely without the juice. They took his powers.”

However, Werdum also expects Overeem to get past Frank Mir and possibly knock him out in their upcoming fight early next year.

“Let’s see how he does against Frank Mir, if he changed his strategy or training,” he said. “Frank is not doing well recently too, I believe Overeem will defend the takedowns and knock him out.”

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Overeem vs. Mir moved to Super Bowl event as the supporting bout for Jones vs. Teixeira

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir moved to UFC 169

The light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira is now officially booked as the main event of UFC 169 that will be held at on the Super Bowl weekend. Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will also square off as the supporting bout of the event. The news was announced this Thursday night on Newsday and was later confirmed by UFC officials.

The UFC also noted that they moved the Overeem-Mir fight to give Mir ample time to recover after his knockout loss to Josh Barnett last August. The fight was originally scheduled in November 16 as a part of the 20th anniversary of UFC.

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Cain Velasquez to Face Antonio Silva in UFC 146

Written on April 22, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Cain Velasquez was originally set to face Frank Mir, who will now fight Dos Santos after Overeem was pulled out of the upcoming UFC 146 event.

Cain Velasquez now has a new opponent in UFC 146 and it is Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, UFC president Dana White has announced this decision via his Twitter account.

Velasquez was originally scheduled to fight Frank Mir in the same event, however Mir was pulled out to face Junior Dos Santos in UFC 146’s heavyweight bout. Mir replaced Alistair Overeem, who was taken out of the event due to problems with the NSAC.

Roy Nelson was slated to fight Silva. He is expected to remain on the card, however his new opponent is still unannounced, as of this moment.

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Josh Thomson, Out of Strikeforce Bout with Maximo Blanco

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Josh Thompson hurt himself within the past week, and tests revealed foot injury that left him unable to complete his training camp and compete.

Due to foot injury, Josh Thomson withdrew from his Strikeforce bout against Maximo Blanco this September 10. The Josh Thomson vs Maximo Blanco match was slated as a main card for the promotion’s upcoming event in Cincinnati that will feature Heavyweight Grand Prix fights. The said grand prix will feature a Josh Barnett vs Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio Silva vs Daniel Cormier matches.

Strikeforce officials could not immediately disclose whether they will seek a replacement for Josh Thomson against Maximo Blanco.

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Alistair Overeem Wins, but With Disappointment

Written on June 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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MMA fans saw a very good fighter, certainly. But a world beater. Will Alistair Overeem have another chance to prove that he is best MMA heavyweight fighter?

Last Saturday night, MMA fans tuned in to Showtime to see Alistair Overeem swinging out strikes and throwing vicious knees and clinches. People were excited to see him extinguishing Fabricio Werdum at the Heavyweight Grand Prix. However, what the audience saw was a cautious Demolition Man who dodged many of Fabricio Werdum’s traps on the ground.

Although Alistair Overeem won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last June 18 via unanimous decision, he stepped out of the cage in Dallas with a missed opportunity. He was not able to prove the he is the very best. He has grown and looked anything but unbeatable. He looked like the best fighting machine, that no one can outlast him for 15 minutes inside the cage. And though the fans certainly saw a very good fighter, it was not the world beater.

With his current victory, Alistair Overeem will face Antonio Silva in what is anticipated to be a tremendous fight. With their most recent bouts, who do you think will win the match?

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Fedor Emelianenko is Out of Heavyweight’s Top 10 Fighters

Written on February 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After Antonio Silva stepped his big foot on the Fedor Emelianenko's career, MMA's top 10 heavyweight ranking has been revamped. See where these two fighters stand now.

After Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, rankings of MMA’s top 10 heavyweight fighters has been revamped. And based on Heavy.com’s ranking, this month’s biggest mover is Antonio Silva. Fedor Emelianenko, on the other hand, is no longer on the list.

Back in 2005, Antonio Silva was tapped as the fighter that has the tools and size that can defeat Fedor Emelianenko. And on February 12 of this year, the former proved the people right. Antonio Siva’s stock went over the roof as he dismantled the Russian Emperor in Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. Now, his star is on the rise, while Fedor Emelianenko is on the verge of fading away.

Visit Heavy.com for the complete MMA heavyweight top 10 ranking.

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Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva Replay this Wednesday

Written on February 15, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva will be seen once more this Wednesday. Get ready to watch how Silva took over Fedor.

If you haven’t watched this weekend’s “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva” event, worry not, for it will re-air this Wednesday on Showtime Extreme at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The event took place last Saturday at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. and was aired on Showtime via same-day delay. The event featured the opening of Strikeforce’s eight-man heavyweight grand prix.

The opening-round was packed with extreme fighters, Fedor Emelianenko, who took on former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva. UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski met Sergei Kharitonov as well.

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Strikeforce Winner Antonio Silva Speaks of his Victory

Written on February 14, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva went out of the cage holding his ticket to the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament ---a TKO victory over Fedor Emelianenko.

This weekend, the Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva concluded. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was declared the heavyweight winner.

Silva, also known as “Pezão” in his home country of Brazil, defeated Fedor Emelianenko by TKO. This victory advanced him to the semifinals of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. A big step for the “Bigfoot”. Watch his interview after the cut.

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Strikeforce Grand Prix Invades NYC

Written on February 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A smashing success for Strikeforce Grand Prix Fan Experience last Tuesday! People of the NYC will surely have an afternoon that they will never forget.

Just a couple of hours before doors open for the Strikeforce Grand Prix Fan Experience last Tuesday, a queue of MMA followers began to form outside the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Once inside, fans jammed into the venue and was treated to a remarkable afternoon.

All fighters who will compete in the highly anticipated Strikeforce World Grand Prix — Heavyweight Tournament were present in the event. They signed autographs, answered some questions from last night’s emcee, Scott Ferrall, and posed for photos. Other than the fighters, fans were also able to grab photo opportunities with the Rockstar Girls, watch fight videos on giant television screens and take home tickets, T-shirts and Strikeforce fight gear giveaways.

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Fedor Gears Up for Bigfoot Silva

Written on February 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Stepping inside the cage this Saturday, Fedor Emelianenko will face Anderson "Bigfoot" Silva in Strikeforce's eight-man, World Heavyweight Grand Prix. Can the Russian Emperor redeem himself after his past stunning submission loss?

As of the moment, Fedor Emelianenko is in an unfamiliar situation. He will step inside the cage against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Saturday night in New Jersey, carrying a submission loss from Fabricio Werdum. Stunning the mixed martial arts world, Fabricio Werdum submitted the Russian Emperor last June.

Hence, Fedor Emelianenko will make a comeback and will try to regain his dominant ways after Strikeforce and Showtime kept him out of the cage. His fight against Bigfoot is one of the first two quarterfinal bouts in Strikeforce’s eight-man, World Heavyweight Grand Prix.

After the skip is a short video special for Fedor Emelianenko that Showtime produced en route to this weekend’s event.

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