Overeem vs Werdum - What Went Wrong
Can see why all the UFC hyper would have a field day on this one but then what do those guys really know about MMA aside from what DW says, to write then both off as cans after a lack luster performance is beyond stupid, so lets look at what really happened.
For a start am not saying that was a great performance, the Reem did not perform like a No.1 HW, mistakes where made, for one it was like he was not fully in MMA mode and just wanted to fight under K-1 rules but will come to that later, but certain extremes in this particular match up I believe lead to delivering an under par performance, so to assume the same mistakes would be made against other top HW's is beyond stupid and some of the comments I have read from UFC huggers like "Reem could not even beat Nelson or Carwin" or moving the entire UFC HW division above in the rankings is beyond laughable, seriously you guys are a joke so seriously just go back to humping your Dana White bed covers you fcuking homos. Bottom line is Reem put on a bad performance against another top 5 HW and still did enough to edge the victory.
Why was the Reem so far from his best?
He was over confident in some aspects, and he managed to give both to much and not enough respect to his opponents ability.
The Reem's game plan was simple, to simple in fact, stuff the Takedowns, Keep it Standing, Get the KO, and he was so confident he could do this that he thought as long has he got the first part right and stuffed the TD's the rest would just fall into place kindly and it would be a given easy victory, and that's s where he was over confident, because he was not prepared for any curve balls that could divert this simple plan that MMA can throw at him, and as a result unprepared to switch on the fly and engage in all aspects of MMA.
The Reem was unprepared for Werdum to strike with him on the Feet, this is where he under estimated his opponent, the Reem was so over confident in his striking ability advantage over Werdum that he did not even takes Werdum's striking seriously, its almost like he expected Werdum to do nothing except shoot for single or double leg TD's all night in desperate attempts to get the fight to the ground, which is the one think he was prepared for and he was able to stuff those TD's all night long, but when Werdum started throwing some strikes of his own the Reem allowed himself to be taken by surprise and he was caught off guard, and I think he felt and was hurt by some of those strikes a lot more than he allowed himself to let on, almost like his pride was effected when he go caught as if to say "what you actually have the cheek to stand strike it out with me?".
Then there was Werdum's curve ball when he started to pull guard, this is where he gave Werdum to much respect, now I don't care if he just came of a victory where he subbed Fedor from his guard, if you want to be the best MMA fighter in the world you have to hurt your opponent when you are on the ground on top, Fedor knows this thats why he was top of the chain for so long, hell even Brock Lesnar knows this, Fedor maybe did not give Werdum enough respect for his BJJ and created to much space to work his GnP when he got subbed and as a result left the opening that allowed Werdum to catch him in that triangle, the Reem did the exact opposite and was over doing the submission defense and doing nothing except looking stand back up, when he should of been looking for a balance in between.
I hate to say it but he should of took a leaf out of Brock Lesnars book on this one, when Lesnar faced Mir the first time and got subbed did that stop him from engaging with Mir on the ground the second time round?, NO, all that changed was he was more careful of Mirs guard showing improved submission defense yet was still looking to be aggressive and use top position to cause damage which earned him the win, if you was to stick Fedor in that position again sure he maybe a little more careful and not give Werdum as much space but do you think he would give up top position and let him back to his feet, not a fcuking chance he would look to do damage because that is his way, that is the way of all the top fighters, when you are on top you make your opponent pay its that simple.
The Reem was not prepared at all to be on top in dominant position on the ground in that fight, maybe because he figured it was never going to happen because he knew that he personally was not going to go for any TD's, but still you have to be able and willing to take advantage of that situation if it presents its self, there is a reason you rarely see people pull guard in an MMA fight and that's because you are giving up dominant position to your opponent, and if you do that against any top fighter you should pay the price, the Reem should of been looking to maybe not get over aggressive and keep his wits about him from the risk of submissions but at the same time he should of been looking to capitalize from that position.
Despite all the faults I believe 29/28 decision win to the Reem was a far result, because at the end of the day Werdum never had dominant position on the ground and you don't win fights by decision when you are on your back with your opponent on top of you which turned the decision in the Reems favor from a fairly even striking stand off where Werdum actually impressed me more in that department but not enough to ignore the fact that every take down that would have lead to a dominant position was stuffed and he did spend all the time on the ground on his back.
Bottom line is this, the Reem has the skills to be the best, but he needs to get over his K-1 mind set and start thinking MMA and be better prepared for any given situation in a MMA fight instead of trying to turn an MMA fight into a K-1 strike off, Werdum impressed me in that fight I think he did very well not to get KTFO by the worlds No.1 HW, but still the Reem got the Win and hopefully will look back at that fight see where he can be more of a complete MMA fighter which he will have to perform like if he is to show the world that he is No.1.