There was some exciting action at last night’s Strikeforce, as well as some interesting cross-promotional moments with the UFC (Dana and Lorenzo were in the crowd, and Gilbert Melendez wasted no time calling for a title unification bout). Here are the main card results:
Shinya Aoki def. Lyle Beerbohm via submission (neck crank), round one
Gegard Mousasi draws Keith Jardine (majority draw), point deducted off Mousasi in first round for illegal upkick
Gilbert Melendez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (elbows), round one, retains Strikeforce lightweight championship
Nick Diaz def. Paul Daley via TKO (punches), round one, retains Strikeforce welterweight championship
Check MMA Junkie for the undercard results.
- Gutsy performance by Keith Jardine, who took the fight on two week’s notice. Should earn him another (easier) bout with Strikeforce, which effectively puts him back with Zuffa for the time being.
- Good night for Cesar Gracie’s boys. It wasn’t a surprise that Gilbert Melendez in his prime was able to once again take out Tatsuya Kawajiri, but man did he look good doing it. Nice head movement and great sense of distance.
- Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley was everything Strikeforce sold it as and was hoping it would be. It only lasted a round, but it was an awesome mixed martial arts war.
- But yeah, that was kind of an early stoppage.
- Diaz just tooth-and-nailed his way into the rankings, didn’t he?
- Most of the fighters seemed to grasp that, with the Zuffa purchase of Strikeforce, these needed to be “statement” fights. Who do you think made the strongest case for their future prospects in the UFC?
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