Fabricio Werdum put together one of the sorriest excuses for a fight Saturday night in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. His opponent Alistair Overeem, who won by unanimous decision, said Werdum should be ashamed of the way he fought. He’s right. At least Werdum recognized that and apologized for his poor showing.
“I’m still trying to figure out what happened to me that night,” Werdum told Sherdog.com. “It wasn’t me fighting. What I did was awful, ugly to see. I want to apologize to Brazilian fans and MMA fans.”
“I felt he was much, much stronger than me,” Werdum said of Overeem. “I tried to take him down many times, with double-legs, single-legs… but it was like hitting a wall. He was impressively strong.”
Alright, so at least he apologized and hopefully he won’t pull that crap again. I don’t mind his strategy of trying to take the fight to the mat to work his jiu-jitsu, but laying on the mat the way he did and refusing to engage was pathetic. Still, you can’t help but feel somewhat badly for the guy after hearing his description of Overeem’s strength.
When the two fought for the first time in 2006, Overeem wasn’t the superhuman beast he is now. He’s put on around 40 pounds of muscle since then, raising suspicion from other fighters. His build looks unnatural to say the least. I just can’t understand why Werdum says he wants a rematch; he’d have no chance.