Fabricio Werdum says a knee injury hindered his performance against Alistair OvereemPosted on June 22, 2011, 03:38 PM by Joey Santosus
"If you look well, you'll see that my knee got out of place in the beginning of the second round. It hurt so much, it was difficult to get up and it took a little of my focus. I will have an MRI scan and see whether it is serious and when I will be able to train. I should have had more faith in my stand-up, listened to [coach] Rafael Cordeiro. Strategically he (Overeem) was better. Perhaps, if I hadn't pulled the guard so many times, I would have won. He didn't want to go to the ground with me at all but it is an MMA fight, you have to do the ground game as well. I think it is funny that [opponents] call me to go at them and I do, but when I call them to the mat, nobody does. - MMAMania.com (via R7.com)
It appears there may have been more to the story of Fabricio Werdum's highly criticized gameplan against Alistair Overeem last Saturday night. In an unusual game of strategy, each fighter refused to deviate from there respective craft, as the Brazilian persistently pulled guard, while Overeem insisted that the fight remained standing. In the end, the judges awarded the victory to "The Reem" via unanimous decision, but fans who had expected more from the two top five ranked Heavyweights left with a bitter taste in their mouth.
According to Werdum, however, a knee injury sustained early in the bout made made it difficult for him to stand with the K-1 Kickboxing Champ. Instead, he feels Overeem's fear of going to the ground with him, a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu black-belt, was to blame for the lackluster affair. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Does the knee injury excuse his failure to engage? And how much of the blame should fall upon Overeem's shoulders for not following him to the mat?
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