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Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” preview


This Saturday, Strikeforce features the “Heavy Artillery” card on Showtime. This bout marks the return of Strikeforce heavyweight champion “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem. Overeem defends his belt against Brett Rogers.

The card is pretty solid from top to bottom:

Main Card :
-Alistair Overeem (32-11) vs. Brett Rogers (10-1)
-Andrei Arlovski (15-7) vs. Antonio Silva (13-2)
-Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza (11-2) vs. Joey Villasenor (27-6)
-Roger Gracie (2-0) vs. Kevin Randleman (17-14)
-Antwain Britt (11-3) vs. Rafael Cavalcante (8-2)

I am really excited to see Overeem back in the US. Alistair is a beast of a heavyweight, which has consequently led to several discussions about how he obtained so much mass over the past few years. Regardless, Overeem has been walking through opponentsĀ  in overseasĀ  MMA matches and has also competed very well on the K1 kickboxing circuit. Overeem will definitely be the more technical striker of the two, but if Rogers lures him into a slugfest then Rogers stands a pretty good shot of putting Overeem to the canvas; the “Demolition Man” has been T(KO)’d 6 times.

I’m going with the champ. Rogers is definitely the most game opponent Overeem has faced, but I think Alistair will fight an intelligent fight and pick Rogers apart in the stand up game. Regardless, it’s a pretty sure bet that this fight won’t go the distance.

Arlovski vs Silva is also one to keep an eye on. Antonio Silva is one of those new breeds of heavyweight that brings brute strength and solid conditioning into the cage. Arlovski will no doubt be the faster of the two, and his technical boxing has improved greatly since working with Freddy Roach;Arlovski’s main issue is that he has a glass jaw and Silva has heavy hands. Arlovski will have to execute fast,crisp combos and solid head movement to avoid one of those Antonio Silva sledgehammers connecting with his skull. Andrei was knocked out in a mere 22 seconds in his last fight with Brett Rogers, so he is probably itching to put on a good performance, especially coming off back to back losses.

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