Mousasi is great fighter. Really, really balanced. Manhoef made a mistake slamming him, it was like in the Greek myths with Heracles and Antaeus
I thought Jacare will pull of the submission, though, glad that Mousasi kept his nerve and managed to win (with upkick, LOL)
He isn’t only hot prospect now, he’s talented and can find an answer to strikers AND grapplers. It’s interesting to see him against more experienced wrestler/grappler, in match going past the first round.
About the headliner of the night - Cro Cop looked bad against bigger and typically aggressive in the first round Overeem. Takedown defense is still issue, and it doesn’t help that he looks cautious and afraid of getting KTFO’d. He caught the Dutch with one body kick and that was all. His career could be prolonged, but now most of the fans feel bad for him. He isn’t “Ken Shamrock” bad, but that’s not the point. Time will tell if this NC will be the critical point.
Overeem, on the other hand, looked comfortable at HW, powerful and eager to fight as always. He cut Cro Cop with an elbow in the first 2 minutes, and while I knew he could pull a submission or knock his opponent out, I haven’t seen him from the mount. He fucked up with the knees to the groin, though, the fight was going well in the direction he wanted it to go.
I don’t think the New Year’s Eve match with Fedor will be good for him, Fedor or DREAM, so a rubber match with Kharitonov will be nice.
It was really nice tournament, if the Cro Cop - Overeem match didn’t end like that, it would have been great.