Werdum took the fight exactly where he wanted it every time he pulled guard...
I honestly dont know where you saw that
I could understand if actually brought Reem WITH HIM, when he pulled guard... but he FAILED to bring Reem down him.
The bulk of the time Werdum falls back and starts waving and prayin, literally BEGGING Reem to 'cmon down'.
So I dont understand how you can say "Werdum took the fight exactly where he wanted it everytime he pulled guard"... then why was he begging and praying? Why would he do that if Reem was with him on the ground every single time.
Overeem never once went for a takedown, every time the fight went to the ground it was because Werdum wanted it too...
He didnt have to ... Reem just chucked him aside and Werdum flopped to the ground... then Werdum would attempt to beg Reem to come to the ground, folding his hands in prayer and putting on a begging frown... egad, how does one give the round Werdum for that?
When it did go to the ground yes Overeem was on top but he did nothing other then lay on Werdum hoping to not get subbed and then try and stand back up when the chance arose.
Agreed, which made the ground game a complete write off... nothing happened there... but thats because Reem dictated that... which is why Reem controlled where the fight went... otherwise there would have been more action on the ground and it would be clear that Werdum was the one in control of the cage.
Overeem "won" that fight by being strong and having Werdum pull himself onto him. He lost the striking in rounds 1 and 3 and did nothing other then stuff a couple takedown attempts and throw werdum to the ground a couple times.
I believe that Werdum LOST that fight... because he failed to execute a decent game plan to get Reem to the ground and control him there. He attempted some wild strikes in the hope that Reem would follow him to the ground ... and Reem had none of it.
Werdum won the striking, dictated where the fight took place(yes Overeem was on top on the ground but Werdum was the one putting the fight there and was the one that was comfortable even though he was on bottom), was the aggressor(was the one wading in with punches and shooting for takedowns/pulling guard). The grappling should have been negligible because neither fighter did much, Werdum had a decent sub attempt in 3rd and Overeem had a couple nice takedown defenses. Sitting in guard is a neutral position and should not be scored
I dont fault him for pulling guard, its part of his game plan...take him to the ground, submit his arse...
but when it fails ... he should STAND UP AGAIN...and TRY AGAIN. I fault him for not standing up after every single failed 'guard pull'... I fault him for begging his opponent to 'please, let me submit you', I fault him for making the entire fight look horrible for both of them.
Fact is the judges should not have awarded Overeem the fight for laying in Werdum's guard because Overeem was not the one initiating that situation. Overeem wanted nothing to do with being in Werdum's guard but ended up being there multiple times against his will. He also got outstruck and spent most of the fight back peddling while standing or laying on Werdum trying to keep Werdum from getting any good submission
The fact is Werdum didnt give the Judges enough to give the round to him... rather, he gave them reason to take it away from him.
Had Werdum NOT begged, NOT flopped to his back time and time again, had Werdum used different techniques to get Reem to the ground (even in failure) instead of the same thing over and over again... he could have given the Judges justification for taking each and every round.
Instead, we get this disgusting display of pleading with his opponent 'please sir, let me submit you'... please let me work my magic on the ground where I am at my strongest and you are at your weakest... UGH!