Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal” takes place later tonight at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The event will air on Showtime at 10:30pm ET/PT.
In the night’s main event, Gilbert Melendez puts his lightweight title on the line against Jorge Masvidal.
In the co-main event, Cris Cyborg defends her women’s featherweight championship against Hiroko Yamanaka.
Gegard Mousasi meets Ovince St. Preux in a light heavyweight match-up.
KJ Noons takes on Billy Evangelista in a lightweight bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Gilbert Melendez def. Jorge Masvidal via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Hiroko Yamanaka via KO (Punches) at :16 in Round 1
- Gegard Mousasi def. Ovince St. Preux via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- K.J. Noons def. Billy Evangelista via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Roger Bowling def. Jerron Peoples via KO (Punches) at :42 in Round 1
- Caros Fodor def. Justin Wilcox via KO (Punches) at :13 in Round 1
- Devin Cole def. Gabriel Salinas-Jones via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Eddie Mendez def. Fernando Gonzalez via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
- Herman Terrado def. Chris Brown via Submission (Armbar) at 4:05 in Round 3
Billy Evangelista vs. K.J. Noons: Both guys know how to throw a punch and shoot for a takedown, so the opening round of Evangelista/Noons had each doing a bit of it all and neither really asserting their will. Things picked up in Round 2, though, as Evangelista turned up the stalking, Noons turned up the creative punching angles, and the rate of fruitless takedown attempts increased. Noons really began knocking his opponent’s head back with his jab in the final round – although things momentarily turned dire when Evangelista caught him ducking his head and snaked on a standing D’Arce that he had to work to escape from. After that they were visibly tired, and time ran out with them banging hard. Noons took the unanimous decision.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux: The difference between Mousasi and St. Preux’s respective skill levels was stark, as evidenced by the confidence the ex-champ wielded on the feet in the opening round, and on the ground in the first two rounds, as he put the up-and-comer on his back and brutalized him with fists and elbows from within St. Preux’s half-guard. Mousasi’s exhaustion made Round 3 competitive, but only insomuch as St. Preux was successful in a percentage of the seemingly endless scrambles that made up the frame. The end result was a unanimous decision for Mousasi.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka: No surprises here, as the champ rushed forward swinging and immediately dropped the Japanese challenger. Yamanaka struggled to recover and regained her feet, but Cyborg just kept feeding her leather, and when the overmatched fighter went down against the cage, the ref had seen enough. The official time of the KO was :16 of Round 1.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal: Melendez may be the undisputed top dog of the Strikeforce lightweights, but Masvidal has got loads of confidence in his own standup – and the requisite skill to make that confidence matter. In Round 1, Melendez set the pace with an even-keeled mode of attack that constantly peppered the challenger with tight punches. Things continued in that fashion in the second, however the third round was when Masvidal started to score effectively, nailing the champ with a flying knee and counter-punching the mouthpiece right out of Melendez’s mouth. Regardless, and despite his marked up face, Melendez kept up the pressure, and with his high work rate kept the momentum from swinging in the challenger’s favor. The fifth round ended with the two duking it out and clinching against the fence. When it went to the judges’ scorecards, they awarded the unanimous decision to Melendez.