Strikeforce presented another Showtime sports event with welterweight champion “Diablo” Nick Diaz (23-8) taking on Chute Boxe fighter “Cyborg” Evangelista Santos (17-14) in the main event in one of two title fights this past Saturday night. Before these two took to the cage at the “Shark Tank” of the HP Pavilion Center in San Jose, California, big names such as Roger Gracie (4-0) of the renowned Gracie family came to not only remain undefeated, but to prove his family is still as much of an influence in MMA with not only instructing Jiu-Jitsu but fighting as well. Herschel Walker (2-0) hoped to master another battlefield when he traded out the gridiron for six sides of steel, and elite middleweights “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (13-2) and “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (18-7) met for the middleweight championship.
Hola, icemigos. Okay enough with the small talk, let’s get the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg card wrap-up… well, wrapped up.
Roger Gracie apparently doesn’t need no steenking sponsors as he may be the first fighter I’ve ever seen with plain black shorts with not so much as the brand name of said shorts visible. Maybe Spinal Tap sponsored his shorts. ‘How much more black can these shorts be? The answer is none… none more black’. Gracie was able to get in the inside, trip Trevor Prangley and turn it into a Jiu-Jitsu match which was bad news for the veteran Prangley. Gracie was able to wrestle his way to full mount and Prangley did a good job of pushing off the cage to try and spin out and stand up but Gracie stayed stuck to him got his back and a body triangle and the inevitable Rear Naked Choke came soon after.
Strikeforce returned to Showtime last night with its “Diaz vs. Cyborg” card, broadcasting live from its headquarters city of San Jose, California at the HP Pavilion for an explosive evening of fights. Up for grabs were both the welterweight and middleweight titles, as well as Roger Gracie of the highly regarded Gracie family (4-0) attempting to stay undefeated in a clash with Muay Thai kickboxer Trevor Prangley (22-7) and crossover superstar Herschel Walker (2-0) taking on Scott Carson (4-2). The crowd was primed and ready to go crazy, and with the event that included exciting finishes and all-out-wars, Strikeforce surely did not disappoint with its latest effort. Here’s how the fights turned out.
—MAIN CARD (on Showtime)—
“Diablo” Nick Diaz vs. “Cyborg” Evangelista Santos: Diaz via Submission (Armbar), Round 2, 4:50*
“Jacare” Ronaldo Souza vs. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler: Souza via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 3, 2:00**
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson: Walker via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 3:13
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley: Gracie via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 4:19
—PRELIMS (on Sherdog.com)—
Nate Moore vs. Nathan Coy: Moore via KO (Punches), Round 2, 0:25
Bobby Stack vs. Isaiah Hill: Hill via Submission (Triangle Choke), Round 1, 1:02
Ron Keslar vs. Eric Lawson: Keslar via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 1:57
Germaine De Randamie vs. Stephanie Webber: De Randamie via Knockout (Knee), Round 1, 4:25
James Terry vs. Lucas Gamaza: Terry via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 3:26
Jenna Castillo vs. Charlene Gellner: Castillo via TKO (Strikes), Round 2, 3:57
Niko Jackson vs. Ricky Jackson: Ricky Jackson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Sam Bracamonte vs. Armin Safiari: Safiari via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
* “Diablo” Nate Diaz retains the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship belt
** “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza retains the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship belt
Jordan Mein vs. Joe Riggs: Mein via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 4:30
Markhaille Wedderburn vs. Mark Holst: Holst via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 4:56
Matt MacGrath vs. Kalib Starnes: Starnes via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 3:14
Dimitri Waardenburg vs. Remi Morvan (2-3): Waardenburg via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Mike Reilly vs. Robin Black: Reilly via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:57
Tim Sylvia vs. Abe Wagner: Wagner via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 0:32
Rudy Bears vs. Jason High: High via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 0:51
Rich Clementi vs. Aaron Derrow: Derrow via Technical Submission (Triangle Choke), Round 3, 3:35
Drew McFedries vs. Gary Tapusoa: McFedriesvia TKO (Punches), Round 3, 4:42
Bobby Cooper vs. Drew Dober: Dober via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Jacob Akin vs. Anthony Gutierrez: Anthony Gutierrez via TKO (Elbows), Round 1, 3:28
Alonzo Martinez vs. Deryck Ripley: Martinez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 2:19
Kansas-based mixed martial arts promotion Titan Fighting Championship (TFC or Titan FC) makes its nationwide HDNet debut tonight at 10pm ET with its un-aired local undercard starting at 8pm ET. Titan Fighting Championship 16: Sylvia vs. Wagner brings its fans at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas an impressive card stacked with former champions, UFC alumni, and local circuit stars. Headlining the event is a super heavyweight clash between UFC veteran and two-time champion “The Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (28-6) and The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alum “Abe” Abraham Wagner (7-2).
Tomorrow night, Strikeforce returns to its birthplace in the “Shark Tank” at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California with its latest effort in Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg. The promotion has brought to bear some of the biggest names on its roster for the card, including middleweight king “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (12-2), former UFC standout “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (18-6), NFL tail back turned Strikeforce heavyweight Herschel Walker (1-0), WEC veteran Scott Carson (4-1), submission grappling phenom Roger Gracie (3-0), and Shark Fights light heavyweight champ Trevor Prangley (22-6-1). However, the main event honors fall solely on the shoulders of welterweight title holder “El Diablo” Nick Diaz (22-8) and his challenger, the Chute Boxe fighter “Cyborg” Evangelista Santos (17-13). The bout promises to be a fast paced and violent affair with Santos being the perfect example of the well known Chute Boxe brutality and Diaz being an incredibly aggressive member of the vaunted Cesar Gracie team.
On Saturday night, Strikeforce returns to San Jose, California with its much anticipated Diaz vs. Cyborg card, putting two belts up for grabs. Welterweight Champion and Strikeforce golden boy “Diablo” Nick Diaz (22-8) takes on the dangerous Brazilian slugger “Cyborg” Evangelista Santos (17-13) who seems to have found his place at 170lbs. after his brutal KO win over DREAM Welterweight Champion “The Whitemare” Marius Zaromskis (13-4) last June. Also on the main card, former NFL great Herschel Walker (1-0) makes his return to the cage against WEC veteran Scott Carson (4-1), as does undefeated Roger Gracie (3-0) against UFC washout Trevor Prangley (22-6-1). The middleweight title is also on the line as current champion “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (12-2) the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace takes on the American brawler “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (18-6) in an old school style clash that is sure to have the fans on their feet. Lawler comes in off a vicious highlight reel knockout of “The Law” Matt Lindland (22-8) in early December and looks to string together two wins for the first time since 2007. The champ “Jacare” looks to use his ground game to put away the brawler and continue his undefeated streak under the Strikeforce banner.
This week on MMA Gospel Radio, host Gary Friedman was joined by a guest co-host, the always entertaining Spilled Bag of Ice. The pair started the broadcast with a discussion of the UFC Fight for the Troops 2 card from last Saturday. Topics included Cole Miller (13-5) and Evan Dunham (10-2) and whether or not the pair were overrated prior to their losses to Matt Wiman (17-5) and “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (26-8-2), respectively. Also on the table was a discussion of the impressive performance of “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (4-0) and his over-the-top personality and showmanship. Of course, his “Meatstache” was mentioned, as well.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns with the start of a brand new set of three techniques. As always, the techniques displayed over the next three weeks will play directly off of the previous week’s moves, giving a fighter the edge over his/her opponent with chains of submissions that are far more difficult to defend than single attacks. This arch, Ed Perdomo and one of his top students, Josh Bazik, focus on the defense, escape, and retaliation to a Rear Naked Choke submission. This week, they will demonstrate how to escape the Rear Naked to side control and flow directly into a Figure 4 Armbar.
“OSP” Ovince St. Preux (9-4) has been on quite a roll lately. He’s fought a half-dozen times in the past 12 months, winning all six of those fights – four of which were under the Strikeforce banner. Three of those four Strikeforce match-ups took place in just the seven weeks between mid-November 2010 and early January 2011 when he defeated very tough competition in “The Juggernaut” Antwain Britt (12-5), “The Razor” Benji Radach (19-6,) and “Abongo” Ron Humphrey (6-2). All in all Ovince is a perfect (4-0) inside the Strikeforce cage.