Good interview, I like Silva in this fight. I think he'll smother Reem, he'll weather some shots to do it but he will make it a scrap. Werdum was landing combos on Reem and pushing him back, so Silva can definately do this and has heavier hands. Silva will consistantly attack here there and everywhere, and Reem will deteriorate even if he does look untouchable in the first.
Silva by (T)KO.
That is a distinct possibility cuz he can actually take heavy blows. His cranium is probably 50 lbs which is five times over the normal mass and bone density if you will...haha.
BUT I gotta go with Overeem still with his crisp striking and new found power. Again there's not too many out there who can KO Silva outright or have the power behind it; JDS, Carwin, Sergei, and of course Ubereem. Man even Fedor's shots didn't seem to phase em in their exchange. I think that's why in the 2nd Fedor just went BALLZ OUT and went for broke...but Silva somehow anticipated it and took him down. After that it was quite painful to watch. A big lumbering "giant" slamming down punches on a valiant fighter.
My analysis is that Overeem will TKO Silva by a left hook to the liver or knee.
If Bigfoot tries to stand with Overeem he is gonna get tkod. I bet Bigfoots plan is to be more aggressive with the takedowns, but I think he will fail and get picked apart on the feet.
I just re-watched Overeem Werdum for a third time and No Mercy is right, Werdum had a couple flurries early in the second and a few random strikes in the third but nearly everything he landed was sloppy punches tossed out there in attempts to set up a take-down or pull guard. Nearly everything Overeem landed had power behind it.
Yah it was interesting because what I saw the 2nd time around was very different from the 1st. We were all eager and anticipating the KO or sub that we overlooked the subtle things. I wrote a whole analysis on it. To sum it up basically what Ape wrote as well. Plus Overeem used his strength to push Werdum down repeatedly which would be considered a takedown + top control. No different than a Lay Praynard style of fighting or Rich "Bedtime" Story's wall and stall tactic except Overeem had to do it against an esteemed grappler whom he lost already in the past. I think it was an intelligent fight. It was pretty tactical although not too pleasant to watch for the casual viewers and of course for the ones who wanted to see someone go comatose...lolz!
They will meet again a 3rd time and that will be decisive.
*Werdum already beat Big Foot and Fedor. He could fight Barnett, Sergei, or the winner/runner up and get an instant title shot. Plus there's five rounds so that should be interesting.