With the general shallowness of the heavyweight division in mixed martial arts, it's quite rare to see two heavyweights bout on a single card, let alone two quality heavyweight bouts. Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum may spoil the hell out of fans as it features three quality heavyweight bouts that will answer a ton of questions for fans (Sorry Valentijn Overeem and Chad Griggs, you don't count as a quality heavyweight bout).
Pile on an exceedingly important lightweight bout between K.J. Noons and Jorge Masvidal and a welterweight scrap between Justin Wilcox and Gesias Cavalcante and you have the makings of one of the best cards of the year.
Take note Dana White.
What was once a bout that wasn't set to air on the main card, fans now get the opportunity to see these lightweight prospects scrap. Thanks to Gina Carano's continued absence, the Masvidal vs. Noons bout was moved up to the televised portion of the card. And to be honest, this fight is light years ahead of the Carano/Sarah D'Alelio bout. Sure Carano is super hot but that fight was not something I was looking forward to.
Masvidal is a serious gamer, as he narrowly lost to Paul Daley at 170 pounds a mere two fights ago. The bloated welterweight stayed in Daley's face and nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the sports history. He has since dropped back down to 155 pounds and gave Billy Evangelista his first loss in a one-sided affair.
In that bout, Masvidal showed good striking. He kept Evangelista at bay for the entire fight, opting to toy with him in the final frame instead of push forward and search for a finish. Given the magnitude of the bout, it's hard to fault him for that. His wrestling is better than most non-wrestlers, but any wrestler would easily plant him on his ass.
That won't be an issue with K.J. Noons. A former professional boxer, Noons holds his hands in high regard. He was the last man to defeat Nick Diaz when he stopped the newly minted UFC fighter due to cuts. Noons loves nothing more than a stand-up war, where he feels that his boxing background will do him well.
Noons should be a level or two above Masvidal on the feet, but that advantage is far from damning. This isn't like Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha. Masvidal can absolutely hold his own and has a slight chance to outstrike Noons if he mixes in takedowns and clinch work. Noons kept both of his fights with Diaz standing, but Diaz has laughable takedowns. That really isn't an indicator of Noons takedown defense. Masvidal will have to work for it but he can and should get the fight to the ground. Sprinkle in some spirited exchanges as well and I like Masvidal to walk away with the decision victory. Jorge Masvidal via decision
Yeah this bout doesn't do much for the pecking order in the heavyweight division, but there is a good chance that this is the most exciting fight of the night.
Griggs is a downright tiny heavyweight, weighing in near 220-230. He makes up for this weight difference by going balls out as soon as the bell rings. There is no such thing as feeling out your opponent or trying to get...