Strikeforce “Los Angeles” took place earlier this evening at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
In the night’s main event, Robbie Lawler faced off against Renato “Babalu” Sobral in a 195lbs. catchweight bout.
Marius Zaromskis met Cyborg Santos in a welterweight affair.
Tim Kennedy squared off against Trevor Prangley in a middleweight bout.
KJ Noons returned to the cage against Conor Heun.
Results, thoughts and live gate after the jump.
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeats Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos defeats Marius Zaramoskis via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Tim Kennedy defeats Trevor Prangley via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- K.J. Noons defeats Conor Heun via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jeremy Umphries defeats R.J. Clifford via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Hugo Sandoval defeats Marcus Kowal via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
K.J. Noons vs. Conor Heun: KJ Noons and Conor Heun kicked off the show with a hell of a fight. Conor Heun was the aggressor from the start, throwing combinations of punches and kicks at Noons, while Noons hung back and looked for counters. With the exception of the one takedown Heun secured at the end of the first, that’s pretty much how the rest of the fight went. Gotta give Heun props for hanging with Noons on the feet, but it was pretty clear who got the best of who by the end of the fight. Heun’s face was all busted up while all Noons had was a scratch and little swelling. Still one judge (don’t ask me how) thought Heun won all three rounds, while the other two sane judges gave Noons two of three for the split decision.
Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Prangley: Tim Kennedy made quick work of Trevor Prangley. It took Kennedy about a minute to get Prangley down, but once he did he fairly easily advanced to mount, then took Prangley’s back. Prangley was on his feet at that point, and it looked like he might throw Kennedy off, but Tim was able to sink in the rear-naked choke instead.
Marius Zaramoskis vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: There was a lot of heavy leather thrown in this fight. Marius Zaromskis came out with his usual wild, but vicious striking attack. Unfortunately for him, Cyborg Santos was ready for it and countered him beautifully, stunning Zaromskis twice and putting him away with a right as Zaromskis flew in with desperate flying knee.
Robbie Lawler vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral: I wasn’t too excited about this one, but man, it turned out to be a great fight. If you thought Babalu Sobral was going to have to get it to the ground to win, you were wrong. He tried, believe me he did, but didn’t have much luck. Being forced to stand with Lawler, Babalu brilliantly utilized leg and body kicks to score points and throw Lawler off his game. Lawler landed plenty of hard shots himself, but in the end all three judges thought Babalu did enough in two of the three rounds to win a really close back-and-forth battle.
Strikeforce’s plan was to pit Babalu Sobral against light heavyweight champion King Mo for the title in August if he won tonight. When Mauro asked him about it in the post-fight interview Sobral said he wouldn’t fight his friend/training partner. Instead, Babalu asked to fight Dan Henderson for a chance to avenge a loss he suffered to Hendo back in 2000. Your move, Strikeforce.
Live gate: $418,061
Gate info via MMA Weekly