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(There’s nothing quite like a photo that adheres strictly to the rule of thirds. PicProps:

If you can forget for a moment that the Strikeforce heavyweight title is back on a lengthy hiatus while Alistair Overeem indulges himself by fighting in the K-1 World Grand Prix, then you have to admire his performance last night in the round of 16. Though Overeem’s opponent Ben Edwards came into their bout with what can only charitably be described as a “man on the street build,” we understand he’s something of a respected veteran in punch-and-kick circles, so that makes Overeem’s tidy first round destruction of him kind of impressive, I guess.

For those of you who can stomach the barbarism of two guys punching each other with those puffy weights taped over their fists, the video is after the jump. Seriously though, people, why can’t we all just wear open-fingered, four-ounce gloves like civilized human beings?

(Might want to watch this one on mute. Just saying. VidProps: YouTube/evilbyte)

Give “The Guvner” – great nickname for Edwards, by the way – credit for coming out guns blazing here. Edwards flails his way through a wild combo inside the fight’s first 10 seconds and finishes it with a pretty wicked low kick. Overeem walks right through it however, patiently stalking Edwards down. At the 1:48 mark (in the vid, not the round) he drops the Austalian for the first time with an overhand right and it seems to remind Edwards what a bad idea this was.

After that, he’s pretty much fighting on halfhearted auto-pilot. Overeem rips him with a hook, then a kick to the doughy body and another overhand right puts him down at 2:35 (again, in the vid). This is also the point in the fight where Michael Schiavello really starts screaming unintelligibly. “I told you he could take a beating!” he shrieks when Edwards hoists himself back to his feet. “I told you he could take a beating! I told you!” Sure. Because, like, what else would the play-by-play guy do? Play-by-play? Please.

Overeem thuds Edwards with another series of punches before he goes down for the final time. Then Overeem’s corner men race in and hoist him up at the center of the ring. He’s smirking, almost like he knows something we don’t … and cue the Disney music by the K-1 sound guy …

Honestly, it’s not a bad little fight, but at some point while Overeem is brutalizing Edwards you realize: This is what he’s doing instead of fighting Fedor. And then you start to think about the very real possibility that Alistair and Emelianenko are never going to fight. And then your mind clouds over with a kind of impotent rage and you think: Hey wait, this is bullshit! And then you start to feel like Nick Diaz. And then you realize it’s probably best to just think about something else. Something like Bolivian women’s professional wrestling.

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MMA_Hole- October 4, 2010 at 2:51 am
Have you ever even seen K1? This victory buys Overeem into a final alongside some of the greatest fighters on the planet. Go Google Semmy Shilt before making ridiculous comments about Overeems size. Semmy dwarfs him.

Also, what's with all the hate for Schivello in here? He's hands down the most entertaining commentator in fight sports. I love that he gets so into the fights.
fatbellyfrank- October 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm
k-onda Says:
Mon, 10/04/2010 - 00:58
I think we can all agree on this;
1- Overeem's opponents aren't even in his league. I'm glad the Guvna at least was throwing, but not even the same league - and that's what is frustrating for the combat sports' public.
2- Australian's are fucking annoying to listen to, not a single speech therapist must live on that rock.
Nope, cant agree with the second point, I think our voices sound like Butterflies singing its so beautiful to the ear, your hearing must be fucked dude, and we got speech therapists , they spend their time teaching our kids how to elongate their vowels so they can be heard in foreign countries and identify as Australians

Hank Mardukis- October 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm
Rogan and Goldie are the shit. Schiavello is fucking annoying. Nuff said.
WalksInTheDarkness- October 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Overeem still isn't going to win it this year. Daniel Ghita is going to shock a lot of the old guard with his use of leg kicks. The guy is a monster and his knock out of Zimmerman was awesome. He forced Zimmerman to come after him in the second round because if he'd kept going at the same pace as he did in the first Errol wouldn't have been able to walk. I really do love leg kick knock outs.
Big Jumpin Dad- October 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm
Fucking idiots!!
Big Jumpin Dad- October 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm
just cuz people arent as aesthetically pleasing doesnt mean theyre a can, If that were true fedor and bob sapps records would be opposite!! The guy likes K1!! I like doing things i like too!!! K1 is fucking awesome so shut up you ufc fans and appreciate a good thing god damnit!!
Kimbos Bread- October 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm
@ Meaot

I Fucking Loled HARD at your comment.


I'm glad you noticed it too. I feel the same way about what Alistar is getting done. I totally fucking agree. Minus the vulgarity towards the other poster, of course.
AKAhairyTank- October 3, 2010 at 9:22 am
Hey! asshole have some respect for K1 no other mix fighter is doing what Ubreem is doing. Let him make his own individual decisions in his fight career.
Meaot- October 3, 2010 at 8:17 am
Steve Irwin, God rest his soul, has apparently made his way into MMA. "Waooowww, have a look at 'im. What a beaut! You could screen a mooovie on 'is neck!"
k-onda- October 3, 2010 at 7:58 am
I think we can all agree on this;
1- Overeem's opponents aren't even in his league. I'm glad the Guvna at least was throwing, but not even the same league - and that's what is frustrating for the combat sports' public.
2- Australian's are fucking annoying to listen to, not a single speech therapist must live on that rock.
Jubbie- October 3, 2010 at 3:08 am
@ Ninja

You got me with the K1 stuff. I only watch it when I catch it at 2AM on HDnet so I'm not exactly a religious fan. The only name guys I recognize are Remy and Badr and the last fight I watched was Overeem's win against Badr (which was who I was referring to about physiques). From what I've seen, Badr is a hotheaded but good fighter but he's nowhere near the size of Overeem.

You however missed my point about Strikeforce. I was saying he should be finishing his contract out as quickly as possible so he can move on to the UFC (where the real competition waits). That's assuming he actually cared about real MMA competition instead of crushing cans which is what he's been doing for 3 years aside from a fading Crocop and a feel good story in Brett Rogers.
fatbellyfrank- October 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm
@ HaroldHoward, just out of Cairns, little place called Gordonvale, and yeah, just cant see myself sporting any tapout gear, It's a bit like all the dudes in the Harley davidson gear running round in their Hyundai's, you just shake yer head and have a little chuckle
Merlin- October 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm
I know its a bit sadistic but what's not to love about watching the sheep being led to the slaughter ... with 4 punches and 2 kicks rock on Reemer!

Harold_Howards_Gnar_Face- October 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm
@Fatbelly, where abouts in Aus you from mate, it's nice to know there is a fellow Aussie amongst this predominantly American crowd. Just as pleasing, is the fact that you actually engage in mma discussion as opposed to a majority of Australian mma fans whose mma knowledge consists of walking the streets decked out in full Tapout attire, while boasting about that one time you went to a bjj class, or how they're training "UFC".
mt59801- October 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
weird sport , the opponent falls down then you walk away? I haven't watched K-1 in a few years I forgot how much difference covering up makes when your gloves are the size of cinder blocks and guys don't have to worry about the takedown. Our local MMA promoter does a mix of kickboxing and MMA in every show and it gets a little confusing after a few beers
fatbellyfrank- October 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm
@ Ninjanerd, agreed, I'd say young Ben Edwards might even fancy himself a crack at some of the SF heavyweights, if he incorporates some form of basic grappling he'd prolly go OK, I'd back him against lashley in a heartbeat LOL
AussieJosh- October 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm
The voice does not hate Overeem! He was just excited cause a fellow aussie was fighting him, I also love listening to his one liners in Dream, And so does Joe Rogan!

I think Edwards did a good job!, Just came out a little excited and tried to take Oveream out early, Might have worked if Overeams gloves were not so BIG!? I think he should have relaxed and taken his time a little more,......ezy for me to say.........
Good fight anyway...
NinjaNerd8- October 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm

No legitimatr competition in K-1? You do realize that Overeem is only 7-4 in K-1 and he's been KO'd 3 times, right?

Lol @ trying to imply Overeem would face tougher competition in the can filled shit fest that is the SF HW division.
Jubbie- October 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm
Yeah I would like fighting in K1 too when there's no legitimate competition at my weight class and the only skilled fighters I fight I outweigh and outmuscle by ridiculous amounts.

I'm sure Jon Fitch wishes there was a league based around duration of grappling control instead of MMA. He'd sure enjoy it more but hey we make him do MMA instead. If Overeem wants to find a real challenge, to earn the real money and real respect, he does big time MMA not K1. Sure it might not be at Strikeforce in the long term but you'd think he'd be plowing through the remainder of his contract so he can join the UFC.
fatbellyfrank- October 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm
@coneblazer, where abouts in Aussie ya from, we already got a cuppla of QLDER's on board
fatbellyfrank- October 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Wow, lot of hate for "The voice" just turn the sound down, sheesh, edwards started OK but the reem is a beast and showed it again, just watching him here, how good would it be to see him fight lesnar, that would be a scrap for the ages, however, Remm seems more than happy to focus on K-1


knee_strike- October 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Considering that Overeem is built like the Hulk and Edwards looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Edwards didn't do so badly. By the way, if Overeem isn't on steroids, show me an example of someone who is.

And yeah, the play-by-play was terrible.
NinjaNerd8- October 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm
This can fest thing is getting ridiculous. Do fighters like Fedor and Overeem really want to give DFW more ammo... I'm so sick of hearing "UNGHH HE HASNT FOUGHT ANYONE GOOD DURR DURR DURR DURR." Fedor, give those greasy Russian leaches each a gigantic pole in their ass and find a management team that gives a fuck about your career instead of about hanging off your coat tails. Overeem, stop wasting your time in K-1 and stop fighting guys like James Thompson. I mean really... what do you think it proves...
BeastUnleashed- October 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm
I fucking hate that retarded faggot schivella. just wish he would just shut his fucking mouth. worst commentator or whatever the fuck he does ever. i am not gonna scroll uyptop to see how to spell that fuckers name either that is why i butchered it. oh wait i dont give a fuck. you aint tell me shit about this guy taking a beating so shut your fucking mouth.
itsgalf- October 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm
I don't know if it's because he likes fighting cans. I think he genuinely prefers competing in K-1 fights instead