Let there be no doubt, Valentijn Overeem has experience in losing fights. In his 55 fight, 15 year career, Overeem has come up short 26 times.
He was in rare form tonight against Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.
Overeem was quickly taken down and, according to CompuStrike, ate 28 punches in a little over a minute on his back before tapping out to strikes. If you're new to MMA, you might not know that tapping to strikes is frowned upon at the highest levels of the sport. But it didn't seem to bother Overeem, who popped up when it was over, smiling and laughing and happily shaking hands with Griggs and his corner.
Showtime announcer Mauro Ranallo called Griggs the "Strikeforce cockroach" after the bout due to the fighter's habit of winning fights he's not supposed to win. Griggs is 3-0 in Strikeforce. He made an impressive Strikeforce debut in 2010 when he came back to beat heavily hyped former pro-wrestler Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce: Houston. Griggs then beat highly touted prospect Gian Villante at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva earlier this year.
Key Takeway: It's time to end Valentijn Overeem's run at the highest levels of the sport.