Strikeforce “Miami” is currently underway at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
In the night’s main event, Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis battle it out for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
In the co-main event, Cris Cyborg puts her 145 lbs. women’s championship on the line against Marloes Coenen.
Herschel Walker makes his MMA debut against Greg Nagy.
Melvin Manhoef makes his Strikeforce debut against Robbie Lawler.
Bobby Lashley makes his Strikeforce debut against TUF 10 wild man Wes Sims.
Results, thoughts and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Nick Diaz defeats Marius Zaromskis via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos defeats Marloes Coenen via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Herschel Walker defeats Greg Nagy via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Robbie Lawler defeats Melvin Manhoef via Knockout in Round One
- Bobby Lashley defeats Wes Sims via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jay Hieron defeats Joe Riggs via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Pablo Alfonso defeats Marcos da Matta via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Hayder Hassan defeats Ryan Keenan via Knockout in Round Two
- John Kelly defeats Sabah Homasi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- David Gomez defeats Craig Oxley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Joe Ray defeats John Clarke via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Michael Byrnes defeats David Zitnik via Majority Decision (29-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims: It didn’t last long. About 30 seconds in Bobby Lashley took Wes Sims down. Sims tried to hold him close so Lashley couldn’t separate and rain down bombs, but he couldn’t and that’s exactly what happened. Lashley worked his ground n’ pound until Sims gave up his back. Lashley proceeded to drill Sims in the side of the head until the ref stopped it, perhaps a little early. Did we learn anything about Bobby Lashley? Unfortunately, no we didn’t. Hopefully he gets an opponent that can test him the next time out.
Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef: Wow!! If you didn’t see this fight, you need to find a video of it tomorrow. Holy smokes, Melvin Manhoef was dominating Robbie Lawler stalking him all over the cage battering him with inside leg kicks. Robbie was wincing in pain hobbling back as Manhoef pressed forward unloading punches and body kicks. It was only a matter of time before Manhoef landed the kill shot. That was until Lawler threw what seemed like his first punch that landed square on Manhoef’s chin. Like a tree on it’s way down Manhoef slowly fell and Robbie caught him with a huge left hand putting him out. Probably one of the wildest endings we’ll see to a fight all year.
Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy: First and foremost, Herschel Walker is a tremendous competitor. You don’t become a Heisman Trophy winner and Olympic athlete and not have that burning desire inside you to crush your opponents. That the first thing I noticed tonight. Herschel can be the nicest guy in the world outside the cage, but as soon as he stepped in it, he was ready to go, he wanted to win, and he did. Yes, he was noticeably green and his opponent wasn’t very good, but he showed potential. Herschel managed to get takedowns in all three rounds and maintained top position when he did. He worked his ground n’ pound, didn’t really inflict any serious damage, but his positional control kept him up on the scorecards. In the third, he got Nagy’s back and flattened him out. He wasn’t able to sink in the rear-naked choke, but he landed enough blows to convince Troy Waugh to stop it in rather anti-climatic fashion. Not bad for a 47-yr old former professional athlete.
Herschel wouldn’t say if his first fight was his last – he’ll leave up to his camp to decide – but if he does want to return, it will put Strikeforce in a tricky situation. He’s not ready to fight the caliber of fighters we expect from Strikeforce, so do they continue to put on fights more appropriate for the prelims or a smaller show and capitalize on the attention Walker attracts, or perhaps put him in the Challenger series alongside fighters at similar skill levels? As much as I like Walker, I really think they need to go with the latter.
Cris “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marloes Coenen: Cris Cyborg is a monster. She pretty much dominated Coenen for two and half rounds. Cybrog wore her down, got on top and rained down bombs until the ref stopped it. Coenen was technical throughout the fight and gave everything she had but she just couldn’t handle Cyborg’s strength and power. Even when Coenen landed clean shots, Cyborg brushed it off like it was nothing. It might be a long time for someone comes along and knocks her off her thrown.
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis: What a fight! Both Diaz and Zaromskis threw defense out the window and went to war. The difference was Diaz’s reach advantage and the overwhelming volume of punches he threw. When Zaromskis wasn’t getting hit he was throwing just as much, but he couldn’t land because of the distance Diaz was maintaining. Zaromskis snuck a few in and even managed to put Diaz down on the mat and in trouble, but it wasn’t enough. Diaz eventually landed enough clean hard shots to scramble Zaromskis and put him out with a short right.
Another extremely impressive performance from Nick Diaz who’s now the Strikeforce welterweight champ. Biggest difference between this fight and Diaz’s last few was his power. He put away Zaromskis a lot quicker than Shamrock and Smith. He’s gonna be tough to beat.
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