Strikeforce Melendez vs Thomson BannerStrikeforce: Melendez vs Thomson took place earlier this evening at the HP Pavilion, in San Jose, California.

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez, put his title on the line against challenger, Josh Thomson.

Bobby Southworth looked to retain his light heavyweight championship in a match against a man that’s beat him before, Anthony Ruiz.

Raymond Daniels, an undefeated pro kickboxer, made his anticipated professional mixed martial arts debut against MMA veteran, Jeremiah Metcalf.

Results after the jump.

  • Josh Thomson defeats Gilbert Melendez via Unanimous Decision
  • Billy Evangelista defeats Nam Phan via Split Decision
  • Bobby Southworth defeats Anthony Ruiz via Unanimous Decision
  • Miesha Tate defeats Elaina Maxwell via Unanimous Decision
  • Jeremiah Metcalf defeats Raymond Daniels via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Two
  • Chris Cariaso defeats Anthony Figueroa via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Two
  • Bobby Stack defeats Jose Palacios via Unanimous Decision
  • Alexander Trivino defeats Eric Jacob via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
  • Jorge Interiano defeats Travis Johnson by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round Two
  • Cyrillo Padhillo defeats Jesse Jones via Unanimous Decision
  • Bryan Caraway defeats Alvin Cacdac via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One

How about Josh Thomson? Who would have thought he would have came out and dominated Gilbert Melendez like he did? I sure didn’t. Thomson just had an answer for everything Melendez tried to do. I don’t know how much the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship means outside of the promotion, but beating Gilbert like he did damn sure does. Big upset.

Raymond Daniels’ MMA debut did not go well. Earlier today, we posted a video of Daniels’ kickboxing skills, which are definitely impressive. However, Daniels barely even threw a punch let alone one of his jumping spinning somersault tornado back kicks. MMA and kickboxing are two different sports, and Daniels, at the very least, needs to learn some takedown defense if he hopes to competitive in MMA.