Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Noons II” took place earlier this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
In the night’s main event, Nick Diaz put his welterweight title on the line against KJ Noons.
JZ Cavalcante made his Strikeforce debut against Josh Thomson.
Sarah Kaufman put her women’s welterweight title on the line against Marloes Coenen.
Tyron Woodley and Andre Galvao met in a welterweight match-up.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Nick Diaz defeats K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46)
- Josh Thomson defeats Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Marloes Coenen defeats Sarah Kaufman via Submission (Armbar) in Round Three
- Tyron Woodley defeats Andre Galvao via KO (Strikes) in Round One
- James Terry defeats David Marshall via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Josh McDonald defeats Ron Keslar via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jess Bouscal defeats Luis Mendoza via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in Round Two
Note: Sorry for the late start everyone. Was at a family dinner that went late. I didn’t see the Woodley-Galvao fight but from what I gather Woodley stunned Galvao early and after a couple knockdowns, put him out for good.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen: I’m not sure how the fight went in the first two rounds, but at the end, women’s welterweight champ Sarah Kaufman was unleashing a little ground and pound on Marloes Coenen. Coenen quickly turned the tide though and caught Kaufman leaving her right arm a little extended. Coenen transitioned to an armbar and forced the champ to tap. Rather than celebrate the win though, Coenen spent the next few minutes apologizing to Kaufman for possibly injuring her arm. Unfortunately, the ref took his sweet time breaking it up when Kaufman started tapping. Nevertheless, Marloes Coenen is the new women’s welterweight champion and Miesha Tate is next.
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Josh Thomson: A great fight was once again overshadowed by another questionable judges’ decision. The first round was close as both JZ Cavalcante and Josh Thomson came close to finishing each other. JZ rocked Thomson about halfway through, Josh shot in to survive and JZ sunk in what looked like a very tight guillotine choke. Thomson held on though and came back to sink in an arm triangle that may have put JZ to sleep if the bell didn’t save him. Josh made it close with the submission attempt at the end but I still had the first going to JZ. Thomson clearly took the second round with his wrestling, and JZ clearly took the third giving Thomson a good dose of ground and pound. I had it 29-28 JZ, I suppose an argument could made that Thomson stole the first round at the end and won the second for a 29-28 score, but how any judge could give Josh the final round and a 30-27 score is absolutely ridiculous. Even Josh Thomson himself recognized that. He told the audience in the post-fight interview that there’s no way he won the third round, and the judges need to learn how to score a fight. Not only that, this is just another example of why the 10-point must system sucks for MMA. Josh Thomson made it interesting, but JZ Cavalcante won that fight.
Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons: Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah it was worth the wait. Nick Diaz and KJ Noons put on one of the most entertaining five round fights we’ve seen all year. While Nick tried to turn it into a ground fight on several occasions, it was essentially a five-round (kick)boxing match and their contrasting styles were evident from the beginning. Diaz struck first with a clean shot that sent Noons to the mat in the opening round. Diaz found himself in side control, which could have spelled trouble for Noons, but he managed to scramble his way back to his feet a few moments later. Despite Nick’s best efforts, it was the last time they were on the ground. Noons struck back in the second opening a cut reminiscent, but not quite as bad as the one that ended their first fight. Fortunately, the doctor let him continue this time. Diaz swung the momentum back in his favor in the third as Noons was the one who walked back to his corner with the bloodied face. The fourth and fifth were much of the same with both fighters landed clean hard shots. When it was all over both fighters were bloody, but it felt like Nick Diaz won the fight and the judges agreed, awarding him the unanimous decision. Surprisingly, the numbers seemed to say something different though. According to Compustrike’s calculations, Noons landed 310/611 total strikes to Diaz’s 194/443. That’s quite a lead for the losing fighter, but still, I’m sticking with my initial reading that Diaz won at least the first, third and fourth rounds to earn the decision.
They hugged after the fight and the feud appears to be over, but I don’t think this is the last time we’ll see Nick Diaz and KJ Noons punch each other in the face. It’s now tied at 1-1 and chances are we will see the rubber match sometime down the road which is perfectly fine with me.
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $528,446.50
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie