MMA Live recaps Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Alistair Overeem retains his title with ease. Will Fedor Emelianenko be next for the champion? Sport Science looks at the science behind the submission. Todd Duffee checks in before UFC 114
This past weekend's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" event, which featured the long-awaited return of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem to the U.S., drew an average of 308,000 viewers on Showtime.
Why weren't hardcore fans and casual UFC fans treated to some preliminary action during Showtime's broadcast of Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery? Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro was being deemed a top-tier lightweight battle that could have major ramifications at the top, but nobody was able to see it at home. We'll take an in-depth look at why.
nother major focal point that fans were keeping a keen eye on was the return of Andrei Arlovski to the Strikeforce cage following his devastating knockout loss to Brett Rogers nearly one year ago. After using some solid footwork and blazing fast boxing to frustrate Fedor Emelianenko slightly at Affliction's Day of Reckoning back on January 24th, 2009, many fans felt Arlovski was turning onto a new page in the progression of his striking.
The world's heavyweight mixed martial arts elite have all been put on notice. Following Alistair Overeem's absolute destruction of Brett Rogers on Saturday night at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery, the media is beginning to make the one hundred and eighty degree turn on their original stance that the bulkier Overeem would still suffer the same problems that marred his performances at light heavyweight.