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Overeem demolishes Rogers, Bigfoot defeats Arlovski at “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery”

At last, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion has returned to his rightful place at the throne following an absence that totalled more than two years this evening during “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem needed all of 3:40 to demolish Brett “Grim “Rogers with a savage series of strikes in the pair’s championship clash that aired live on Showtime.

Overeem may have weighed more than ten pounds less than Rogers when the two hit the scales yesterday evening during the official weigh-ins but it was Alistair who made it quite apparent that he had a decisive strength advantage in the bout between fellow big men, throwing the larger Rogers to the canvas like a rag doll early in the first. It was all downhill for Rogers from there as the hulking Overeem kept Rogers pinned securely to the canvas and administered a ground and pound beating that caused the bout to be mercifully and appropriately waved off in the opening round.

Andrei Arlovski returned to action following more than a year layoff only to suffer the third consecutive defeat in his career, this time at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Alrlovski answered many questions critics had regarding the former UFC heavyweight champion’s chin following back-to-back knockout losses by a variety of solid strikes to the chin from Silva. Unfortunately for Arlovski. Silva did just enough utilizing his striking arsenal in a closely contested bout to come away with a narrow unanimous decision vistory.

Also looking impressive on the card was Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who utilized a much improved striking game with a suprising wrestling arsenal to impose his will on Joey Villasenor for the bulk of the three rounds between the middleweights en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Roger Gracie looked sharp in St. Louis as well, submitting former UFC champion Kevin Randleman with a rear naked choke in the very first round, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante added another stoppage to his steadily improving resume with a first round knockout of Antwain Britt.

A full set of live results from Strikeforce “St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” are below:

Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3

Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1

Fransisco France def. Lee Brousseau via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1

Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1

Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Lyle Beerbohm def. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcvante def. Antwain Britt via TKO – Round 1

Roger Gracie def. Kevin Randleman via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2

Ronaldo Souza def. Joey Villasenor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Antonio Silva def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alistair Overeem def. Brett Rogers via TKO – Round 1

35 COMMENTS
  • sexy-yama says:

    Glad to see overeem ragdoll rogers and win, I bet ppl still gonna hate on him thou,but he was tru to his words t would only last a few minutes muahhahahah kudos overeem kudos

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Wow, Overeem tore thru Rogers like he had super-human strength. At fight’s end he hadn’t even broken a sweat. I think he must do a lot of push-ups and sit-ups.

    Fedor by submission.

  • MMApride19 says:

    I really dont understand why Strikeforce dont put up a live PPV stream on there website like UFC do. There is alot of people outside USA who want to watch aswell!!! I was trying to watch one of those internet streams i found…. the quality was SO bad i couldnt even watch past the first aired fight. Was too frustrating as im used to watching UFC in HD lol. Really, would it be that difficult to put up a stream on there site, even if we had to pay for it…. As long as its a reasonable price i would pay each time.

    Any how… after my rant…. Im really not surprised with the outcome of Rogers vs Overeem, IMO it was a joke match up anyway… What were strikeforce thinking having Rogers – who was KOed by Fedor not long ago – fight for the belt. Just one things i really have not got my head around. But Rogers kinda like Kimbo Slice i think ! He is OK against less than average opponents, but put them against REAL above average fighters with experience, they will both fail. And so far they are not proving me wrong… Both are big strong guys who have half decent striking. Everything else they are not good at…

  • JOEgun says:

    I think Arlovski NOT getting knocked out is a victory on some level 😛

  • Rece Rock says:

    I hope Overeem gets a chance to fight Fedor because I think he will be too much for an aging Fedor and possibly he can finally put an end to this bullshit top HW & p4p ranking fedor always gets an undeserving nod for…im just tired of hearing and reading about anything Fedor, he’s slowing down the progress of SF and they dont need any help being any more of a mess than they already are.

  • 3OAM says:

    Look, I love Fedor. I am a total Fedor nuthugger and I will always be behind him…but I don’t think he could take Overeem. I will root for Fedor against Overeem until the final bell rings, but I just don’t see him beating Overeem in each of their respective current states.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    wow i didint get to watch it but everything went pretty much the way i thought it would. now lets see how long it will take fedor and his circus to come around and put their creditablity on the line.

    what a joke rogers getting a title shot for a whole 3:40 seconds

  • JMFG says:

    NO ONE CARES ABOUT STRIKEFORCE. THE END.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Overeem v. Fedor June 26. Make it happen. Overeem didn’t break a sweat. No way you can convince me he wouldn’t be ready in 6 weeeks. Tired of all the Fedor hype. If SF has any nuts they will make it happen. Sadly I think they are gonna shield Fedor from tough fights as long as possible

  • JOEgun says:

    is Fabricio Werdum really that weak of a fighter that he’s not even considered any threat whatsoever to Fedor? all the talk is on Overeem fighting Fedor next but Fedor needs to get past Werdum, which im assuming everyone believes he will. I think Fedor will win but what if he doesnt? would Strikefarce give Fedor the title shot anyway like they did for Rogers? its possible. i like Fedor but i will be rooting for Werdum just to stir the mess that is Strikeforce. Overeem beat Rogers like if it was Rogers first MMA bout. No threat, no sweat. But everyone gave Rogers props for giving Fedor a much tough fight. Considering the comparison of how Overeem and Fedor each handled Rogers, im giving the nod to Overeem to defeat Fedor. But its hard to see Fedor get finished

  • Niv says:

    I hope Overeem gets a chance to fight Fedor because I think he will be too much for an aging Fedor and possibly he can finally put an end to this bullshit top HW & p4p ranking fedor always gets an undeserving nod for…im just tired of hearing and reading about anything Fedor, he’s slowing down the progress of SF and they dont need any help being any more of a mess than they already are.  (Quote)

    Are you aware Fedor is younger than Shane Carwin? Fedor is 33 and Overeem is 30 years old. I’m sure Fedor could go another 4 – 5 years without a blemish regardless of who he fights.

    I would love to see Overeem vs Fedor, I think it has the makings of a great fight as Overeem is a very talented beast. However I see Overeem going to sleep as I expect pretty much anyone to go to sleep that steps in with Fedor.

    I’m also positive that Rogers has suffered a much bigger loss against Fedor than most think. His psyche was abviously affected big time as he was a very uncomfortable fighter who looked like he didn’t believe in himself anymore.

  • MickeyC says:

    Overeem looked good, no dout. He has come a long way from the lanky 205 fighter he once was. I have to agree it appears he would have the physical advantage over Fedor. But an over hand right from Fedo can lay a guy down reguardless of musles. It would deffinitly be SF’s summer superfight. Boy would Dana have to give us somthing pretty awesome for free that night! Maybe we can get Mayhem/Diaz catch weight on the same card.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I have to give respect to Brett Rodgers. He stepped up against the 2 top HWs in his promotion. Sure he lost to both of them but, he had the guts to step up. Think he needs to get him a good ground game or at least more training off his back and better takedown defense. If these two defeats don’t get to his head I think he has alot of potential.

    Think they should have him fight Bigfoot next. If Rodgers was #1 contender then in a weak HW division I think Bigfoot should be in the conversation. He didn’t look like a world beater vs. AA but, I think he would be a better match up for Rodgers than Fedor or Overeem.

  • Rece Rock says:

    niv- “I’m sure Fedor could go another 4 – 5 years without a blemish regardless of who he fights.”

    Regardless of who he fights??… that’s the problem my friend… I’m sure we can hand pick fights for a handful of current fighters and they can go undefeated as well… and when I mention him aging he has been in this sport for quite some time so yes the training and the fighting takes a toll, so comparing him to a fighter who may be close in age but have only half the career fights he has is unfair considering the less damage the fighter has incurred…IMO.
    Then you go on to say…
    “I see Overeem going to sleep as I expect pretty much anyone to go to sleep that steps in with Fedor.”
    Seriously?!… anybody?!.. Hahhaaaaa…hold on to Fedors mystique as long as you can buddy, it’s only a matter of time.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Rogers looked too stiff and too nervous to engage, he seemed very scared of getting KOed again. Have to give him kudos for stepping up to take the fight though, also was he with extreme couture for the fedor fight? I think Fedor is purpousely not taking on Overeem yet so that he can have that be his third fight, then with his contract up, he has the chance to renegotiate as the champ.

  • Niv says:

    niv- “I’m sure Fedor could go another 4 – 5 years without a blemish regardless of who he fights.”Regardless of who he fights??… that’s the problem my friend… I’m sure we can hand pick fights for a handful of current fighters and they can go undefeated as well… and when I mention him aging he has been in this sport for quite some time so yes the training and the fighting takes a toll, so comparing him to a fighter who may be close in age but have only half the career fights he has is unfair considering the less damage the fighter has incurred…IMO.Then you go on to say…“I see Overeem going to sleep as I expect pretty much anyone to go to sleep that steps in with Fedor.”Seriously?!… anybody?!.. Hahhaaaaa…hold on to Fedors mystique as long as you can buddy, it’s only a matter of time.  (Quote)

    Yeah seriously, what evidence is there that my belief he can ko anyone is faulty?

    Yes I will hang on to his mystique he’s earned that. One day you’re going to be right because anyone who fights as long as he has is going to eventually lose.

    If I bet you it’s going to rain one day it’s going to happen you know, doesn’t really mean much in my books.

  • slammy862 says:

    I think one of three things can explain what happened in this fight:

    1. Overeem looked a little too good and will be flushed out with a positive steroid test.

    2. Rogers was beaten long before they walked to the cage buy the most intimidating stare-down of all time. You can’t even see Overeem’s eyes, which leaves you looking at that scar and strange face, in which case your mind decides you should go back to school and get that degree.

    3. Alistar has stepped into his prime and will mow down the hwt division like a daisy cutter. That was a big mean dude he little-brothered in there.

    We had no hwt division at all 5 years ago and now it has more intriguing match-ups than most high budget porn flicks.

    Bigfoot is a non factor, but Gracie looked tough, even though a good striker would cut right through that weak stand up.

    Good times ahead!

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I give no respect to Brett because against Overeem I just realized he’s too big and slow on the ground to even scramble when he had the opportunity. And believe me if you watch the fight again you will see, Overeem gave him a good amount of space during certain times that he could’ve taken advantage of but no. What happens when he would fight Shane Carwin, JDS, Gonzaga,

    Also everybody says Fedor has no chance against overeem because of the way Overeem demolished Brett. But they matched up good for a short fight and Alistair is a lot more skilled the Brett just like Fedor was. Fedor was throwing rogers around a bit too, with skill and technique and not brute force. Fedor is undefeated because he’s the master of the game plan. He struck with Cro Cop in a way that kept him on the defensive running away, almost nobody did that to him in his prime. I think that the Emperor will figure out a way to beat Alistair, we certainly know that Alistair’s chin can get tapped. (See: Sergei Khartinov, Chuck Lidell, Shogun times two.)

  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey niv-
    for me the evidence is that he got bloodied by Rogers & was not looking 2 good against AA before he caught him… And let’s see both those guys looked like dog shit last night … Your right about the rain analogy I hope fedor falls like a rain drop then dries up and goes away…

  • Niv says:

    Hey niv-for me the evidence is that he got bloodied by Rogers & was not looking 2 good against AA before he caught him… And let’s see both those guys looked like dog shit last night … Your right about the rain analogy I hope fedor falls like a rain drop then dries up and goes away…  (Quote)

    Rece – I get it you hate Fedor that’s fine, I’ll admit I’m an unabashed Fedor lover.

    So Rogers punched Fedor in the nose and it bled, don’t know what to say but I’ve been in a few fights myself and don’t recall a single bloodless fight, so what? Rogers got KTFO and clearly lost, Arlovski looked crisp for 3 minutes of a 5 round fight, yeah so?

    I dare say the bar for Fedor has been set so high that looking ok with him is enough to create countless comments about how he was exposed, or done even though his opponent did an unconscious 180 degree turn mid-air before landing on his face.

    We have no problem overlooking the fact that Fedor’s last fights were against guys who were ranked number 2 in the world in Sylvia and Arlovski, Barnett was ranked there before his supension and the weight difference between Fedor and Lindland is far less than 300 plus pound Brock with 205 lb Couture.

    The complaints about Fedor are all arbitrary and the so called competition in the UFC has been given far too much credit. I’m not saying I don’t like the current crop in the UFC, there are some really good fighters, but the bias makes me want to puke. Roy Nelson for example is a very good HW, no one would have dared talked about him as top ten a year ago, but now like magic he’s top 10 on many posters lists only because he’s in the UFC.

    We have no problem saying Anderson Silva may be the p4p best in the world(just might be), yet he earned a title shot after fighting Chris Leben and has defended his title in many lackluster fights against top competition like Thales Leites, Patrick Cote, Travis Lutter and Damian Maiia. Yet everyone comes on and makes excuses “that’s what he’sgiven it’s not his fault”. OK but every match-up for guys named Fedor are held to different standards, see my point? Let me go further Silva walks around close to Fedor’s weight yet choses to fight 2 weight classes lower but we can rip Fedor non stop.

    No one even looks reasonably on the effect a loss to Fedor has on a fighter. Arlovski was on a 5 fight win streak including wins in the UFC before he fought Fedor, since 0-3. Sylvia is 0-2 since Fedor and now Rogers 10-0, is 0-1 since losing to Fedor. The guy destroys fighters physically and mentally that’s why he’s considered the best in the world.

    Anyhow I’m going to tap out and let the anti Fedor stuff keep coming. For a fighter that is so irrelevant to everyone it’s amazing how he generates more commentary than any other fighter on earth.

  • heavything says:

    I am having trouble understanding the mystique around Fedor. The only really relevant wins he has over “top heavyweights” are against Nogueira, Cro-Cop, Arlovski, and Sylvia. Today, the last three probably would not be in many peoples top 20 heavyweights. Perhaps Fedor’s win over Arlovski at the time was relevant; it’s not so much now as Arlovski has fallen to obscurity.

    I’m sorry, I can’t consider Fedor to be the top heavyweight until he has fights that have relevance. Fedor needs to compete in the UFC to compete with the top heavyweights. Overeem is the only competition Fedor has in SF (sorry Werdum).

  • BigDave says:

    So now we get to wait another 2+ years to see overhyped fight again. He tore through a guy who didn’t even deserve a title shot. strikeforce does have some really good fighters under there label but there match making and lack of champions fighting deserving challengers is get a bit old.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Brett got outclassed, no argument. did he just give up the minute the bell rang or was overeem that untouchable? brett was downed and made no attempt to stand back up even with alistair swinging wildly and missing repeatedly.. his pre fight interview must have been all faux-confidence

  • mu_shin says:

    Agree with BBJ, looked to me like Rogers was in deep trouble from the moment the bell rang. Clearly out of his depth, Rogers had no answers for an opponent his own size, neither on the feet or on the mat. His big punch was nowhere to be found, and he’s never had any wrestling ability or ground game to speak of, so that was no surprise.

    Pleased to see Alisair Overeem compete successfully, and display good skills. All the chemical talk can take a back seat to what really happened in the ring, which was a dominating performance. Overeem/Emelianenko should happen as soon as SF can arrange it.

  • blue says:

    Not sure Brett Rogers is even a top-20 Heavyweight at this point. He is 265 pounds with a mean looking mohawk, that is about it.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Ah shit! that was the problem! no mohawk

  • blue says:

    I am still amazed Overeem added 70 pounds of muscle in about 3\4 years. Is that even medically possible?

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I am still amazed Overeem added 70 pounds of muscle in about 3\4 years.Is that even medically possible?  

    What 70 pounds? Did you fail arithmetic in elementary school? In Pride when he was lanky he was walking around at 220 cutting down to 205. Then he just said fuck it and decided to fill out his physique through a much bigger diet and lifting. He came into the Rogers fight at 253-255. Compared to the weight he walked around at its only an extra 35-40 pounds which is a lot of weight but far from impossible to obtain in a few years.

  • blue says:

    What 70 pounds? Did you fail arithmetic in elementary school? In Pride when he was lanky he was walking around at 220 cutting down to 205. Then he just said fuck it and decided to fill out his physique through a much bigger diet and lifting. He came into the Rogers fight at 253-255. Compared to the weight he walked around at its only an extra 35-40 pounds which is a lot of weight but far from impossible to obtain in a few years.  (Quote)

    Umm, yes 70 was a bit high I apologize for that. More like 30 or 40 as you mentioned, which is still A LOT of muscle to add in my opinion.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Until there is proof either by way of failed test or first hand account I don’t think it is fair to judge Overeem. Maybe he did PED’s and didn’t get caught. Maybe he ate right and worked out like a mad man. I don’t know.

    I just prefer to give people benifit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Either way SF needs to make Fedor v. Overeem. Sooner the better.

  • blue says:

    Until there is proof either by way of failed test or first hand account I don’t think it is fair to judge Overeem. Maybe he did PED’s and didn’t get caught. Maybe he ate right and worked out like a mad man. I don’t know.I just prefer to give people benifit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Either way SF needs to make Fedor v. Overeem. Sooner the better.  (Quote)

    I don’t agree with this.

    I think people are only innocent until proven guilty within the confines of a criminal court and criminal accusations. When we get into the World of Public Opinion, I see no reason why people should have to oppress, hide or withhold their own opinions. In fact, I think what you are proposing is unfair, the concept of oppressing people from having an opinion; it is very un-American.

  • s13 says:

    Too bad that’s not the amount of weight he gained. he started off as a heavyweight at about 220 when he first started fighting (at 17), if you follow history. He weighed in at 250, so you figure he walks around at a little over 225 (when fighting at lhw). So basically, he put on more like 20-30lbs. Its not hard to do that at all in 3 years buddy…look at frank mir, he fought at 245, but walked around at 260. Now he cuts to 265 and walks around at 280, THAT is another gain of 20lbs in even less time (and we know frank doesnt roid).

  • Screenplaya says:

    Can someone please explain to Andrei Arlovski that it is okay to move left and right? Maybe tell him he is not contractually obligated to make sure his oppnents can always predict where his chin will be?

    Thanks.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Un-American? lol. Just because I think it isn’t fair to condem someone with out proof is un-American? So I can say whatever I want about who ever I want and that makes it so if I can get enough people to belive it? That’s cool if that is how you want to roll.

    I never said opress or hide anything. In fact if you have a totally diffrent take on things that’s fine. Just kind of a stupid comment bashing me for doing exactly what you seem to be waiving your flag for ..an opnion

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Umm, yes 70 was a bit high I apologize for that. More like 30 or 40 as you mentioned, which is still A LOT of muscle to add in my opinion.  

    Nobody is saying its not a lot of weight to add, it is. But its not so much weight in retrospect to Alistair’s physique that it automatically points to roiding. Gaining 40 pounds of muscle through the course of 2 or 3 years is perfectly possible with the proper diet and exercising. Overeem is a tall dude at around 6’4 so he had the room to fill out.

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