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Posted on: August 16, 2009 12:45 am
Edited on: August 16, 2009 1:23 am
 

Post Fight Press Conference

Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker appeared with the Japanese Dream promoter. They both said they would like to continue to share fighters and to co-promote events. Scott Coker reiterated his interest in Shinya Aoki vs. Josh Thomson or Gilbert Melendez and Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler.

Mousasi said he felt pressure performing in the US for the first time but his hard training paid off. He said he wanted to keep the fight standing but was ready to take the fight down if necessary. Mousasi said he wants to fight at 205 for 2-3 years, and then eventually move to heavyweight.

Melendez said he had to make some minor adjustments for Ishida from Josh Thomson, but that he felt very well prepared and the fight went as he expected.

Werdum said he felt too big in his last fight, and he trained to get smaller and quicker for this fight. He said he needs 7 days rest, and then he's ready for another fight. Werdum said he thought it was an awesome idea to focus on Cris Cyborg and Gina Carano, and that Cyborg looked great. Gilbert Melendez reiterated that sentiment and said the women attracted new fans bringing the other fighters added attention.

Scott Coker said he is confident Nick Diaz will be back shortly, hopefully before the end of the year. He said they will make Diaz vs. Hieron.

Cyborg said Carano was tough but she was ready for everything. She said she is aware of Erin Toughill and thinks she's a tough fighter, but said she'll fight Toughill like any other fighter. Cyborg said the fans were on Gina's side but she didn't feel alone because she had God and her team on her side. She said Carano can keep the title of the face of women's MMA because she has the 145 pound women's title.

Scott Coker said there will be tournaments on their challengers series to build fighters for more high profile fights or possible title shots.

That's it for the evening. Good night.
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 16, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: August 16, 2009 12:15 am
 

Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg

Round 1. Chants for “Gina” as the round begins. She gets a big time superstar reaction. Cyborg moves in with furious punches. Carano clinches and gains top position. Cyborg looks for a heel hook. Carano avoids that. Cyborg gains back and hammers the side of Carano’s head with punches. Carano stands back up. They trade, with Cyborg throwing bombs. They go to the ground, and Carano gains mount. She throws down from mount and the crowd explodes. Cyborg gets up and they clinch. Carano opens up with punches and Cyborg looks more tired. Cyborg fires back with a low kick and straight right, however. They are engaging in the standup with Cyborg moving forward and Carano countering. Cyborg lands a series of nice hooks. Carano fires back with some of her own. This is just a war. They clinch and Cyborg scores the takedown. Cyborg looks for the Americana and it looks like Carano might tap but Carano powers out. Cyborg lands some vicious punches at the end of the round and Carano is just hanging on at the end. The fight is stopped at the close of the round and Cyborg is the winner. That’s as exciting of a round of MMA as you’re ever going to see.

Winner: Cris Cyborg, Round 1, TKO.

Official attendance: 13, 524.

Some fans didn't like the stoppage since it came at 4:59 of the first round, but if anything, it was late. Most of the crowd cheers Cyborg, and rightfully so given her performance.

Sorry for the weird fonts from time to time tonight. Internet connection is really bad here.
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 16, 2009 12:07 am
Edited on: August 16, 2009 12:13 am
 

Postfight Press Conference

Stay tuned for information on the press conference in a few minutes.

Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 15, 2009 11:40 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2009 11:52 pm
 

Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral

This fight was originally supposed to take place on August 1's Affliction Trilogy card. That show was cancelled, and the fight ended up being moved to Strikeforce. That move was not without controversy, as UFC accused Mousasi's manager from M1 Global of misrepresenting the offer they made him. That's a very serious breach of the manager's fiduciary duty if true.

Mousasi is one of the top 3 or so most accomplished MMA fighters never to have fought in the US. Babalu is a former UFC LHW title contender and a very dangerous ground fighter.

Round 1. Mousasi is pacing down Babalu. Babalu clinches, but Mousasi throws Babalu down and gains side control. That’s a very surprising development. Mousasi throws down furious punches and knocks Babalu out 1 minute into the fight. The camera catches Babalu staring blankly perfectly. Mousasi is the new Strikeforce 205 pound champion. Now that’s the way you make a first impression.

Winner: Gegard Mousasi, Round 1, KO.

Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 15, 2009 11:07 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2009 11:19 pm
 

Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida

This is a rematch of a fight in Japan. Ishida won the decision in that bout, although I had Melendez winning. It was a close fight. Melendez is the big crowd favorite here, with the crowd booing Ishida.

Round 1. Ishida shoots early but Melendez easily sprawls. Ishida lands a straight left and throws a high kick that’s blocked. Ishida shoots and Melendez defends easily. This crowd is quick to boo. Melendez moves in with some loopy punches that are defended by Ishida. Melendez looks very confident. Melendez catches Ishida with a punch moving in. Ishida grabs a single leg. Melendez defends very well but Ishida eventually gets him down in the corner of the cage and grabs his back. Melendez reverses out and takes Ishida down to big cheers. Ishida tries to lock up a guillotine but doesn’t come close. Melendez isn’t able to do anything with top position as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Melendez.

Round 2. Melendez moves in looking to establish the jab. Ishida shoots. Melendez blocks and moves him against the cage. Melendez lands some punches and Ishida is bleeding from the ear. He hits some quality punches on Ishida near the cage and Ishida makes a desperation shot. Melendez blocks and takes down Ishida, but Ishida stands back up. Melendez throws a nice series of knees to the body. Melendez with some nice hooks that again look to have Ishida in trouble, but Ishida fires back. Ishida throws a high kick that’s blocked and Melendez fires down a punch as the round comes to a close. Melendez looks tremendous here. 10-9 Melendez, 20-18 Melendez.

Round 3. The crowd chants for Gilbert as the round begins. Melendez throws a series of left/right combinations but isn't able to do damage. However, he does land a hook that drops Ishida and he moves with a flurry on the ground trying to end the fight. Ishida is fine and Melendez slows down the attack. Melendez mounts and fires a series of punches until Herb Dean steps in and stops the fight. The crowd explodes. Great performance by Melendez, who is a tremendous fighter and doesn't perhaps get the credit he deserves for that.

Winner: Gilbert Melendez, Round 3, TKO.

Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:33 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2009 11:09 pm
 

Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle

Nick Diaz is heavily featured in the pre-show video package. The crowd reacts big to the Cyborg-Carano fight, with Carano getting heavy cheers and Cyborg getting heavy boos.

Werdum is a highly respected BJJ expert and one of the top heayvweight fighters in the world. Kyle is a controversial heavyweight striker who has been charged with an assortment of rules violations over the years. Werdum looks in much better shape than he did for his last fight in the UFC, a loss to Junior Dos Santos.

Round 1. Yuji Shimada is the referee. He does the old rules introduction like in Pride, “no attack groin.” Kyle comes swinging heavy early. He catches a Werdum low kick and looks to land a punch but can’t. Kyle with a left/right combination that looks to give Werdum trouble, but Werdum takes him down. Kyle goes for an armbar but Werdum spins out. They stand back up, and Werdum locks in a guillotine for the submission. This was a good win for Werdum. Kyle showed enough to look dangerous but Werdum finished him quickly anyway with a nice submission.

Winner: Fabricio Werdum, Round 1, Guillotine choke submission.

In a post-fight interview, Werdum gets a positive reaction by saying he lives in America and loves America. References to Fedor Emelianenko get little reaction from the live crowd. Randy Couture is interviewed backstage about training Gina Carano.


Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:24 pm
 

Lavar Johnson Doing Alright

Lavar Johnson, a Strikeforce fighter who was shot in a random shooting in July, is here at the show, looking fine and saying that he's doing well.
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:02 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2009 10:19 pm
 

Jay Hieron vs. Jesse Taylor

Round 1. Taylor goes for the takedown at the opening. Hieron brushed him aside. Taylor again goes for the takedown. Hieron sprawls nicely and takes top position. Hieron is inactive from the top, but does land a few blows. Hieron thinks about a guillotine but lets it go. The fight is stood up with 30 seconds left in the round, but nothing much happens at the close. 10-9 Hieron.

Round 2. Taylor shoots. Hieron threatens with a guillotine and uses the hold to secure mount. Hieron takes Taylor's back and tries to lock in a rear naked choke. Taylor avoids but Hieron moves into an arm triangle. Taylor escapes that as well. Hieron takes top position but isn’t able to do much so the fight is stood up. Taylor again looks for a takedown. Hieron again blocks and again takes top position. The fight is stood up. Taylor swings wildly but doesn’t land anything. Taylor shoots but again Hieron effectively sprawls. 10-9 Hieron. Taylor’s going to need a miracle in round 3 because it doesn’t appear he can knock out or submit Hieron and he’s down 20-18.

Round 3. Hieron shoots and Taylor blocks. He throws a body kick as Hieron moves out. Taylor looks very tired. Taylor shoots wildly for a takedown but Hieron avoids. Taylor goes for another takedown and finally gets it with three minutes left in the round. Hieron however stands back up. Taylor moves in with a knee and shoots again. Hieron lands a straight right and gets top position. The fight is stood up with a minute left. Nothing really happens and the crowd loudly boos. Closest round of the fight, I still give it to Hieron narrowly. 10-9 Hieron, 30-27 Hieron.

Winner: Jay Hieron, Unanimous 30-27 decision.
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
 
 
 
 
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