Strikeforce kicks off their year of big shows with an event featuring by two title fights and the MMA return of one of the most inspiration stories in MMA history. Coming to us live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and on Showtime, it’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg”. As always, FiveOuncesofPain.com will be here to again provide live results including a round-by-round recap of all the live televised action.
The preliminary card is scheduled to kick off around 7:00 PM EST. Then at 8:15 PM a handful of preliminary fights will be streamed live on Sherdog. Finally, the main card goes live on Showtime at 10:00 PM EST.
“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” is headlined by a welterweight title fight, as well-rounded champion Nick Diaz defends his belt against the aggressive challenger Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. The co-main event pits world class grappler, and 185-pound champ, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza against striking-specialist “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. Also on the card is 48-year old former NFL running back Herschel Walker making his MMA return against Scott Carson, as well as undefeated Roger Gracie facing well-rounded veteran Trevor Prangley.
Here is a complete rundown of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” results as they unfold
Armin Safiari def. Sam Bracamonte via Unanimous Decision
Ricky Jackson def. Niko Jackson via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Dariano def. Alan Perez via Unanimous Decision
Jenna Castillo def. Charlene Gellner via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
James Terry def. Lucas Gamaza via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Germaine de Randamie def. Stephanie Webber via KO Round 1 (Knee)
Rob Keslar def. Eric Lawson via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Isaiah Hill def. Bobby Stack via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Nate Moore def. Nathan Coy via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley
Round One: Very slow start with Gracie keeping the range with his jab and inside leg kick. Gracie initiated a clinch and landed some good knees in the clinch but Prangley did a good job spinning away. Gracie managed a trip takedown about halfway through the round. Gracie worked a passed to mount with a minute and a half remaining. Prangley tried to use the cage to push Gracie over but Gracie showed great hips by getting the back of Prangley, locking on a body triangle, and then locking up a rear naked choke, which forced Prangley to tap out.
Result: Roger Gracie def. Trevor Prangley via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson
Round One: Carson threw a head kick that grazed Walker so Walker yelled at him and then dropped him with a left hand. Walker got on top and then scrambled to take the back as Carson went for a leg lock. Walker pounded on him and then slammed him down was Carson got to his feet. Walker even hit Carson with a shot that knocked Carson’ mouthpiece out. Walker started kneeing the body of Carson from the turtle position along with punching him in the head. Carson finally rolled to guard and then when he want to stand up, Walker hit him with a couple of punches that dropped him back down and caused the referee to jump in and stop things.
Result: Herschel Walker def. Scott Carson via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Ronaldo Souza vs. Robbie Lawler
Round One: Slow start until Lawler went for a flying knee, which Souza avoided to get the clinch and then get Lawler down. Souza passed to side control with ease but Lawler was able to get to his feet as Souza went to pass to mount. Lawler rocked Souza with a knee in the clinch and then swarmed on Souza, knocking him down with a punch. Lawler followed Souza to the ground and got in his guard where Souza controlled the posture of Lawler but never threatened off his back. The ref ended up standing them up. Souza went for a late round takedown but Lawler stuffed it until the very end of the round. Good first round but Lawler did more damage and almost put Souza away on the feet to make up for the control Souza had on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Round Two: Souza got an early takedown against the cage and passed to half guard. Souza tried to strike his way into an arm triangle but Lawler did a good job defending. Souza was able to pass to side control though where he continued to hammer Lawler with short punches. Lawler tried to get to his feet a couple of times but Souza kept him down and continued to drop hammerfists. After a nice scramble, Souza almost caught Lawler in an armbar but Lawler was able to escape. Souza remained on top though and went for another armbar but Lawler again escaped and ended up in Souza guard as the round ended. Very good round for Souza on the ground and he almost caught Lawler a couple of times with a submission 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Souza.
Round Three: Souza grabbed the plum clinch early and landed some nice knees before dropping a level and going for a takedown. Lawler defend well but Souza eventually managed to get him down and get half guard. Lawler got to his feet but Souza tripped him down and got his back. Souza locked on a body triangle and then managed to lock up a rear naked choke to force Lawler to tap out.
Result: Ronaldo Souza def. Robbie Lawler via Submission Round 3 (Rear Naked Choke)
Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Santos
Round One: Santos working the inside leg kicks early. Diaz tied up Santos in the clinch, landed a couple of knees to the legs, but then Santos stepped away. Diaz really working the jab while Santos continies with the leg kicks. Santos looking to constantly counter with the right hook as Diaz comes forward. Santos really chopping Diaz with the leg kicks. Santos landed a nice flurry but Diaz took it and taunted. Diaz landed a big flurry on Santos but Santos survived. Diaz kept pressing the action with his jab followed by the straight but Santos hung in there. Diaz really took over late in the over with his boxing. Good round of action but Diaz landed the more significant strikes and really tired out Santos with his punches. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Diaz.
Round Two: Santos went back to the leg kicks early in the round and countering when Diaz would throw. Santos did a nice job going to the body with his punches. Diaz kept pecking away with his jab and taunting after he threw. Santos landed some good right hands but Diaz just ate them and fired back with his peppering punches. Santos landed some nice counter punches but Diaz just kept punching. Santos ended up getting a takedown with about 30 seconds left but Diaz locked on an armbar, rolled Santos over, and forced him to tap.
Result: Nick Diaz def. Evangelista Santos via Submission Round 2 (Armbar)
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