Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum was one of the most anticipated bouts of 2011 and unfortunately the event did not live up to the hype. We’ve all heard the saying “styles make fights” and last Saturday was a perfect display of that. It was clear, Fabricio Werdum wanted to keep the fight on the ground, and Alistair Overeem wanted to keep the fight on the feet. Similar to Anderson Silva‘s fights with Demian Maia and Thales Leites (minus the dancing) a big chunk of the fight was spent with Werdum doing the ‘Brazilian Butt Scoot’ and Overeem defending numerous takedown attempts. Thanks to our good friends at Compustrike, we were able to keep track of every strike, every takedown, and every submission attempt. Let’s look closely at the numbers from last Saturday’s main event.

The biggest stat that stands out is that Fabricio Werdum surprised everybody by outstriking the K-1 2010 World Grand Prix champion 69/145 (48%) compared to Reem’s 48/72 (69%). This could be due to the fact that Werdum kept trying to takedown Overeem or pull guard during the fight so the big man was more focused on staying off the ground and defending himself from potentially dangerous situations. 42 of Reem’s strikes were power shots compared to Fabricio’s 16. Alistair did manage to successfully takedown Werdum 3 out of 3 times compared to Fabricio’s 12 attempts and only 3 were successful. Werdum attempted one submission the whole fight and the two-time ADCC champion wasn’t able to get dominate position at all for the whole fight.

You’ve seen the numbers, you’ve seen the stats. Agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts about Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in the comment box. For more MMA stats bookmark and visit Compustrike.com. Here are some more notable stats from last Saturday.

Brett Rogers was only able to land 4 strikes before getting submitted by Josh Barnett in the 2nd round.

Jorge Masvidal landed 102 strikes compared to KJ Noons’ 57 strikes. 

Daniel Cormier landed 96 power shots compared to Jeff Monson’s 11.