At last, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion has returned to his rightful place at the throne following an absence that totalled more than two years this evening during “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem needed all of 3:40 to demolish Brett “Grim “Rogers with a savage series of strikes in the pair’s championship clash that aired live on Showtime.
Overeem may have weighed more than ten pounds less than Rogers when the two hit the scales yesterday evening during the official weigh-ins but it was Alistair who made it quite apparent that he had a decisive strength advantage in the bout between fellow big men, throwing the larger Rogers to the canvas like a rag doll early in the first. It was all downhill for Rogers from there as the hulking Overeem kept Rogers pinned securely to the canvas and administered a ground and pound beating that caused the bout to be mercifully and appropriately waved off in the opening round.
Andrei Arlovski returned to action following more than a year layoff only to suffer the third consecutive defeat in his career, this time at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Alrlovski answered many questions critics had regarding the former UFC heavyweight champion’s chin following back-to-back knockout losses by a variety of solid strikes to the chin from Silva. Unfortunately for Arlovski. Silva did just enough utilizing his striking arsenal in a closely contested bout to come away with a narrow unanimous decision vistory.
Also looking impressive on the card was Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who utilized a much improved striking game with a suprising wrestling arsenal to impose his will on Joey Villasenor for the bulk of the three rounds between the middleweights en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Roger Gracie looked sharp in St. Louis as well, submitting former UFC champion Kevin Randleman with a rear naked choke in the very first round, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante added another stoppage to his steadily improving resume with a first round knockout of Antwain Britt.
A full set of live results from Strikeforce “St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” are below:
Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3
Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Fransisco France def. Lee Brousseau via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1
Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1
Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Lyle Beerbohm def. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcvante def. Antwain Britt via TKO – Round 1
Roger Gracie def. Kevin Randleman via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2
Ronaldo Souza def. Joey Villasenor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Antonio Silva def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alistair Overeem def. Brett Rogers via TKO – Round 1