Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Cyborg” is currently underway at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
In the night’s main event, Nick Diaz puts his welterweight title on the line against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
In the co-main event, Robbie Lawler challenges Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for his middleweight strap.
Herschel Walker returns to the cage to take on Scott Carson.
Trevor Prangley and Roger Gracie meet in a light heavyweight match-up.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Nick Diaz defeats Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeats Robbie Lawler via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Herschel Walker defeats Scott Carson via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Roger Gracie defeats Trevor Prangley via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Nate Moore defeats Nate Coy via Knockout in Round Two
- Germaine de Randamie defeats Stephanie Webber via Knockout (Knee) in Round One
- Isaiah Hill defeats Bobby Stack via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Ron Keslar defeats Eric Lawson via Submission (Armbar) at 1:57 in Round One
- James Terry defeats Lucas Gamaza via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jenna Castillo defeats Charlene Gellner via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Anthony Dariano defeats Alan Perez via Unanimous Decision
- Ricky Jackson defeats Niko Jackson via Unanimous Decision
- Armin Safiari defeats Sam Bracamonte via Unanimous Decision
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley: Roger Gracie took his time getting Trevor Prangley to the mat, but once he did it was the beginning of the end for Prangley. Gracie worked his way to full mount, Prangley nearly escaped, but Gracie took his back and submitted him with the rear-naked choke.
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson: If Scott Carson wanted to prove he wasn’t being brought in to lose to Herschel Walker, he didn’t do a very good job of it. This fight was all Herschel Walker. He knocked Carson down early with a right hand smothered him the ground. Walker spent a minute or two on Carson’s back wailing on his head, but couldn’t find the opening he was looking for. A few moments later Carson found his way to his feet and Walker blasted him with a couple more punches. Carson slumped back down into the cage and ref stopped it. Good win for Herschel, but it’s something I just can’t excited for.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Robbie Lawler: Jacare’s ground game proved to be much for Robbie Lawler to overcome in this Strikeforce middleweight title fight. It was a tremendous first round. Jacare struck first getting Lawler to the ground, but Lawler showed an improved defensive ground game and worked his way back to his feet. From there, Lawler blasted Jacare with a flying knee and several punches that appeared to hurt Jacare. Lawler made the mistake of following Jacare down to the ground though giving Souza time to recover and eat time off the clock. It was Lawler’s best shot to win and he never got another one. Jacare smothered Lawler for much of the second round and nearly pulled off two slick armbars. Lawler impressively rolled out of both though and made it out of the round, but didn’t have much left in the third. Jacare took him down again, worked his way to Lawler’s back, locked in the body triangle and finished him with the rear-naked choke. Big win for Jacare. Not sure who’s going to beat him at middleweight in Strikeforce.
Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: Nick Diaz and Cyborg Santos always show up to fight and they didn’t disappoint tonight. Cyborg’s power looked like it might have been too much for Diaz early on. He brutalized Diaz’s lead leg with inside leg kicks and landed several power shots. Diaz is one tough s.o.b. though and never wavered. Once Cyborg started to slow down, Diaz came strong with his punches in bunches striking routine and bloodied Cyborg up by the end of the round. The second was more of the same back and forth action, but it was becoming clear Diaz was going to be stronger down the stretch. It didn’t get that far though as Cyborg made the mistake of taking Diaz down late in the second. There was only 30 or so seconds left on the clock, but Diaz still managed to lock in an armbar from the bottom and get the tap before time ran out. Heck of a fight and might have the most exciting two rounds we’ve seen thus far in 2011.
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $533,214.50
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie