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Strikeforce Results; Rogers Upsets Arlovski, Shields and Diaz Victorious

Jake Shields avoided Robbie Lawler‘s big bombs to trap the UFC veteran in a fight ending guillotine choke midway through the first round in the main event of Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields.

It took Brett “Grim” Rogers all of twenty two seconds to dispatch of the heavily favored Andrei Arlovski as the imposing Rogers swarmed the former UFC heavyweight champion with heavy punches to bring about the conclusion of the contest.

Arlovski wasn’t the only fighter to be upset on Saturday evening’s Strikeforce card as another heavy favorite, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante fell victim to a Mike Kyle TKO in the second round of his preliminary bout.

Also on the main card, Nick Diaz improved upon his recent dismantling of Frank Shamrock when he picked apart Scott Smith on the feet for the duration of the bout before eventually sinking in the fight ending rear-naked choke in the third and final round.

A full list of results from the card are listed below:

Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler via submission – Round 1, 2:02

Brett Rogers def. Andrei Alorvski via TKO – Round 1, 0:22

Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith via submission – Round 3, 1:41

Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni via unanimous decision

Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman via unanimous decision

Jesse Finney def. Josh Bumgarner via submission – Round 1, 1:55

Mike Kyle def. Rafael Cavalcante via TKO – Round 2, 4:05

Booker DeRousse def. James Wade via TKO – Round 1, 4:06

Tyron Woodley def. Salvoder Woods via submission – Round 1, 4:20

Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia via disqualification – Round 1, 3:26

Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran via submission – Round 1, 2:18

3 COMMENTS
  • dpk says:

    A big night for Ceasar Gracie two of his best students come out with impressive wins. Everyone wants to see Shields in UFC, but I am starting to want to see Diaz make another run at the UFC WW division, I think he could come back and be a factor. I’d love to see Diaz in against Kos, Fitch, Saunders, Kampmann, Larsen or Condit.

    I’m having a hard time deciding where I want to Rank Brett Rogers and Arlovski in the HW landscape. I think I would go with Arlovski at 10 and Rogers at 12. As technical as AA can be I don’t know where he goes from here, alot of the new guys on the scene are hitting harder then ever. I mean guys like Overeem, Carwin, Dos Santos, Velasquez, Lesnar, and Gonzaga are all proving that they can seriously dent a solid chin, and AA’s is made of glass. I am very curious to see what his next move will be. Hopefully Rogers v Overeem can be made for August, as that is now a big time fight in the HW division.

    1. Fedor
    2. Barnett
    3. Mir
    4. Lesnar
    5. Nog
    6. Randy
    7. Carwin
    8. Sylvia
    9. Overeem
    10. AA
    11. Dos Santos
    12. Rogers
    13. Kongo
    14. Monson
    15. Velasquez

  • ColinL says:

    Diaz landed a ton of accurate strikes, and though none of them were 1 punch finishers he definitely did a lot of damage. Smith completely crumpled late in the second and again at the end after Diaz connected with lefts to the body.

    Ranallo said it was a liver shot, and I wouldn’t rule that out, but I would bet on broken ribs. They were left hooks and looked to be landing on the floating ribs.

    I did notice that Frank Shamrock’s commentary about Diaz was highly complimentary… probably a little out of respect, and a lot out of wanting to build up the greatness of someone that easily defeated him. If a chump beats you, that stings a lot worse than if a top contender beats you. :)

  • MMASwami says:

    Smith should change his nickname to “The Human Punching Bag”. I can’t think of another person with such dismal foot work and lack of head movement. He completely defines the saying one dimensional fighter.

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