Heavyweight tournament has been announced, with the biggest matchup featuring Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum. While there is still no word on where these matches will take place, early April is the new targeted date, with all eyes on the biggest matchup of the four.
Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Heavyweight Tournament
(34-11-1) Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1)
Saturday April 9, 2011 – TBD
Online Sports Betting Odds: Overeem – 340
Werdum dropped MMA legend Fedor Emilianenko in impressive fashion the last time that he was in the cage, using a triangle armbar to submit him just over a minute in to the opening round of their fight. He’ll need to clinch another big upset to advance in this quarterfinal, as Overeem has not lost since 2007.
MMA Betting Preview: AllStair Overeem
The current Strikeforce Heavyweight champion has won nine fights since suffering his last loss, but there are considerable question marks about the quality of the opponents that he has faced so far. Overeem has competed in a variety of smaller promotions, but has never been the top dog on the biggest stage before. 19 of his 34 career sports betting bonus wins have been clinched via submission, while another 14 have come via knockout, a testament to his well-rounded technique and ability. Still, Overeem will prefer to stand and punch given his size and ability to knock opponents out with that one critical shot.
MMA Betting Preview: Fabricio Werdum
The win over Emilianenko was more than just an upset, it was also recognized with the Sherdog 2010 Upset of the Year award and MMA Awards 2010 Submission of the Year. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it, as it is amazing that he was able to clinch the pay per head victory but if it’s that big of a deal then he might be overwhelmed by Overeem. A second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a black belt in both Judo and Muay Thai, Werdum has won three straight fights since falling to Junior Dos Santos in October of 2008, with two of those wins clinched via submission. Werdum defeated Overeem the first time these fighters met with the Kimura, but that was five years ago.
Strikeforce Match Up: Overeem vs. Werdum
The first time that these fighters met, Werdum needed just two rounds to lock in the kimura and force Overeem to tap. Although that was five years ago now, this style of tournament is famous for the types of upsets that are usually reserved for football betting or other sports, and there is no reason to think that it is not possible for Werdum to clinch just based on that Overeem is the reigning champion. Overeem will win if he maintains his composure and stays on his feet, but if this one goes to ground, look for Werdum to capitalize. Check back to freepicks-serviceplays.com for more UFC Odds & UFC Predictions in the coming week’s.
MMA Picks: Werdum + 340