The running story going into the Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum fight was that Overeem was the best striker in MMA. I think the overriding factor for people to come to conclusion was that Overeem won the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix.
The K-1 organization is thought to have the world’s best strikers(kickboxers). However, that wasn’t the case as Overeem was outstruck on the feet by Fabricio Werdum even though he lost the fight. It’s actually arguable that Werdum should have gotten the decision, and according to Fightmetric he should have won. I think he deserved to win that fight.
When I think of the term ‘best striker’, I think of a fighter that can mix combinations together with his hands and feet effectively, or is really great at landing strikes with their hands or feet alone. I think of two fighters in the heavyweight division that do this, Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Whether those two could go win a K-1 GP is irrelevent because they have proven they can implement their striking prowess in MMA. The main thing to remember is that Overeem got outstuck by a heavyweight that isn’t known for his striking!
The Overeem that fought Werdum was looking for one big shot to get the knockout. He wasn’t putting any combinations together, and only threw a few kicks the entire fight. Now, I can understand not throwing many kicks due to the risk of being taken down by a superior grappler. However, the Overeem that fought last night was more dependant on power than anything else. Actually, he fought no different than he does in his K-1 matches. He fought patiently, eating strikes to land his power shots trying to get the knockout.Is that the definition of what the best striker in MMA is?
I think not.
So before anyone else crowns Overeem the best striker in MMA, remember, he’s not even the best striker in the heavyweight division.