Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg” took place earlier this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event was broadcast live on Showtime.
In the night’s main event, the biggest women’s mixed martial arts contest in history took place between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral put his Strikeforce light heavyweight title up for grabs against Gegard Mousasi.
Gilbert Melendez looked to avenge the first loss of his career taking on Mitsuhiro Ishida in a rematch.
Jesse Taylor stepped in on short notice to face off against Jay Hieron.
Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle squared off in a heavyweight match-up.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos defeats Gina Carano via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Gegard Mousasi defeats Renato “Babalu” Sobral via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Gilbert Melendez defeats Mitsuhiro Ishida via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Kyle via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Jay Hieron defeats Jesse Taylor via Unanimous Decision
- Scott Lighty defeats Mike Cook via Submission (Verbal) in Round One
- Justin Wilcox defeats David Douglas via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- James Terry defeats Zac Bucia via TKO (Head Kick) in Round One
- Alex Trevino defeats Isaiah Hill via Submission (Keylock) in Round One
Mike Kyle vs. Fabricio Werdum: This was a dangerous fight for Fabricio Werdum. Mike Kyle was capable of putting his lights out, but Werdum was smart enough to use his submission skills to take care of business before Kyle could inflict any serious damage. Good rebound win for Werdum.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida: Gilbert Melendez had a great gameplan and he executed it perfectly. From his experience fighting Ishida before, he knew Ishida would try to take him down and control him throughout the fight. To combat that he sat in an extra wide stance and used his striking to pick apart Ishida. Everytime Ishida shot in, Melendez was able to stuff it and even got a few takedowns of his own. He eventually wore him down, got his back, and pounded him out. To be honest, if you hadn’t seen their first fight, you would never guess Melendez lost their first encounter. Melendez was that dominant.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Gegard Mousasi: Wow, Gegard Mousasi walks into the cage looking like he just rolled out of bed and absolutely steamrolled Babalu Sobral. They started out with a few short exchanges, Gegard threw a body kick, Babalu caught it, they clinched, Gegard got the takedown, put him against the fence and teed off on Babalu’s face until he was out. And just like that, Gegard adds another belt to his collection. I think it’s safe to say Gegard is a serious contender at the highest level. Now it’s just a matter of Strikeforce finding him quality opponents. Too bad Gegard won’t reconsider moving back down to middleweight. Strikeforce has plenty of quality opposition for him to compete against there.
Gina Carano vs. Cris “Cyborg” Santos: Gina and Cyborg came out to fight and put on a show at least while it lasted. It was a little sloppy, but they fought at an incredibly high pace and seemed to put each other in trouble quite a few times. In the end though, Cyborg’s size and strength was just too much for Gina. In the final seconds of the first, Cyborg pinned Gina down and unloaded on her while Gina covered up. Cyborg slipped a punch through causing Josh Rosenthal to call literally at the last second. Really wish Gina would have survived. The first round was one of the most exciting we’ve seen all year, so it was disappointing to see it that early.
Live gate: $750,000 (est.)