Strikeforce “Houston” took place earlier this evening at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
In the night’s main event, King Mo put his light heavyweight title on the line against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
In the co-main event, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Tim Kennedy fought for the vacant middleweight title.
KJ Noons and Jorge Gurgel met in a lightweight bout.
Bobby Lashley took on Chad Griggs in a heavyweight bout.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defeats Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeats Tim Kennedy via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
- K.J. Noons defeats Jorge Gurgel via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Chad Griggs defeats Bobby Lashley via TKO (Strikes) end of Round Two
- Daniel Cormier defeats Jason Riley via Submission (Strikes) in Round One
- Andre Galvao defeats Jorge Patino via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Vinicius Magalhaes defeats Rocky Long via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Adam Schindler defeats Kier Gooch via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Reynaldo Trujillo defeats Jose Santibanez via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Chad Robichaux defeats Humbert DeLeon via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
- Arteneus Young defeats Chad Cook via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Griggs: Chad Griggs pulled off the upset against Bobby Lashley, but not without a little help from the ref at the end of second round. For nearly two whole rounds Lashley had Griggs on his back. With the exception of a late flurry from full mount, Lashley’s strikes from the top were fairly ineffective, but he did manage to maintain dominant positions for most of the fight. When Griggs would work his way back to his feet, Lashley would shoot back in for a double and put him back down. Still, Griggs managed to inflict some significant damage when he caught Lashley with an uppercut as he shot in late in the first. It opened up a cut under Lashley’s left eye that would come into play later in the fight. With 30 or seconds to go in the second, the referee pulled Lashley off Griggs from full mount (one of the most dominant positions there is) and had the doctor check his cut. But after the doctor took a look, ref John Schorle failed to restart the fight with Lashley in full mount. Instead, he restarted it on the feet. Lashley was exhausted at this point, tried to shoot in one more time, but Griggs stuffed him and rained down hammerfists as the round ended. After Lashley failed to return to his feet after 20 or so seconds after the horn blew, the ref called it.
Piss poor officiating if you ask me. The ref never should have never stood Lashley up when he had full mount, and if Lashley’s eye really needed to be checked right that moment, he should have restarted it in the same position, not on the feet. Not to take anything away from Griggs, he stayed calm and let Lashley blow out all his energy, and maybe he would have taken out Lashley in the third, but Griggs should have spent the last 30 seconds of the second round on his back trying to work himself out of trouble, not dropping bombs on Lashley’s head.
K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Gurgel: This fight didn’t end well either. Once again, Jorge Gurgel ignored his BJJ pedigree to throw hands with a superior striker, and once again, it didn’t work out so well for him. Gurgel survived the first round but barely. After getting roughed up for five minutes, Gurgel ate a huge left hook a split second after the bell rang that nearly put him out on the mat. Gurgel spent the next minute in his corner coming to his senses, but still didn’t know he got dropped as the second round started. A few moments later, Noons unloaded a vicious right-left combo that really should have rendered Gurgel unconscious. It was wicked. Noons thought so as well and looked to the ref to wave it off, but he didn’t. So as Gurgel grabbed Noons’ leg, Noons unloaded a few more uppercuts, and then drilled Gurgel with an illegal knee. The ref stopped it almost simultaneously as the knee hit, but said nothing about it. No one is surprised and Gus Johnson asks Noons about fighting potentially boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a MMA vs. Boxing match one day.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Tim Kennedy: Pretty good five-round scrap between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Tim Kennedy. Despite their grappling backgrounds, both fighters opted to trades strikes on the feet for most of the fight. It was close. Kennedy landed more total strikes throughout the five-round championship fight, but Jacare landed the most significant, damaging blows of the fight. Kennedy also scored a couple takedowns, but even that wasn’t enough to earn him the win on any of the judges scorecards. Jacare wins the Strikeforce middleweight title and hardly used an ounce of his world-class BJJ to do it.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: Big fireworks to close out the show. King Mo was expected to take Rafael “Feijao” down and ground and pound his way to victory, but Feijao had other plans. He stuffed most of Mo’s takedown attempts and on the two occasions he was slammed to the mat, Feijao was able work back to his feet without taking too much damage. With his wrestling proving to be ineffective, King Mo was forced to stand and bang with the hard hitting Muay Thai specialist. The first two rounds were close with both fighters having their moments, but the real fireworks came in the third. Feijao opened it connecting with a straight right to Mo’s jaw. A stunned Mo quickly recovered and fired back. He backed Feijao up against the cage and unloaded body shots but left his head in postion for Feijao to secure the thai-clinch and drive knees into Mo’s face. Two connected flush and Mo staggered back clearly rocked. Feijao followed and put him down with a huge right hook. Somehow Mo managed to grab Feijao’s legs to go for a takedown, but ended up just trying to hang on as Feijao rained down elbows to the side of his head. Big John called it when Mo’s body started to give out on him. Very nice win for Feijao and another belt for the Black House gym. King Mo was humble in defeat, recognizing he has some holes to fill and intends to come back stronger than ever.
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