I'm just lol'ing at the statement that K1 Grand Prix winner Allistair Overeem wouldn't be up to snuff in the striking department against the UFC's best.
The high level strikers in the UFC include JDS, and then.....
Dave Herman? Hell of a talent, but he uses his face to block punches, which would be a really good strategy against Ubereem.
Pat Barry? Ubereem is much more physically gifted and had the much more impressive wins in kickboxing.
Cain is a strong striker, for a wrestler. He wins more because he's a mixed martial artist in the truest sense. Of course he was going to look like a striking wizard against Brock and Minotauro. Brock's not very fluid or technical, while Minotauro never was a good striker and is over the hill now.
There isn't much to speak of for high level strikers in the UFC's heavyweight division. It's a wrestler heavy roster. That's why JDS has been undefeated so far with plus striking in conjunction w/ TDD. It's the same formula that Arlovski used to win his last 5 in the UFC and/or against current members of their roster, and BTW he beat the same and a little tougher comp in that span than JDS has during his streak. Then Arlovski immediately subsequent went on to lose four straight to members of the Strikeforce HW tournament. The striking and overall level is just higher in Strikeforce, and if Reem ends up faring well there, certainly he would in the UFC. The question is will Dana wait until Reem and the other Strikeforce guys have been through the wars and are well in their 30's so the UFC members can make their names off them ala Cro Cop and Nog.
Last edited by FixedPartialArt; 06-17-2011 at 11:38 PM.