Posted on: January 30, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2010 11:48 pm
The Strikeforce women's world lightweight championship (145 pounds) is on the line as Marloes Coenen challenges champ Cris "Cyborg" Santos.
Cyborg became the inaugural champion with her now-infamous crushing of Gina Carano last year. This title fight is scheduled for five 5:00 rounds.
Round 1: Coenen with a straight kick to the chest and Cyborg counters with a fist. Cyborg ties up Coenen's arms. They end up in a bodylock against the fence. Cyborg lands a fist on the separation, and Coenen ties up Cyborg's arms. Coenen with a takedown. Coenen lands a trio of solid punches to the face from the top. Cyborg now in top position. Cyborg throwing hands now from the top. Leg kicks by Cyborg, who lets Coenen up. Cyborg unloading now with fists. Inside leg kick by Cyborg. Cyborg landing some good shots. Coenen ties her arms up and forces her to the cage wall. Foot stomps by Coenen. Cyborg with knees to the body. They separate and Cyborg is now swinging for the fences. Coenen misses a punch. Cyborg connects on a counter. Spinning back kick by Cyborg ends the round. 10-9 Cyborg.
Round 2: Both ladies showing facial damage. Cyborg moves in on Coenen with fists and Coenen goes down to her back, but lands a nice upkick as Cyborg approaches. Cyborg kicking the legs of a downed Coenen. Cyborg moves into Coenen's full guard. Cyborg fighting to get her trapped arm free for some ground and pound. Cyborg moves Coenen to the fence and stands, to throw hands down at her. She lets Coenen up. Left jab by Cyborg. Both fighters land straight jabs, Cyborg follows with a kick to the body. Coenen with a right cross, Cyborg with a counterstrike and a takedown attempt. Cyborg back in Coenen's guard. Coenen nearly traps her in an armbar, but Cyborg slips out. Cyborg throws hands down at Coenen from the standing position, then moves back into her guard. More ground and pound to end the round. 10-9 Cyborg.
Round 3: Coenen with an outside leg kick, then a takedown attempt. Coenen puts Cyborg's back to the fence and tries to throw short strikes. They separate, and Cyborg starts winging looping fists and leg kicks at Coenen, rapid fire, like she did to Carano. There's a tie-up, and Cyborg winds up in Coenen's guard again. Coenen is doing significantly better against Cyborg than Carano did. But she's still behind. Cyborg hammers at Coenen with a series of rights, then lets her up. They exchange again with Cyborg getting the better of it, and she ends it on the ground with a series of punches for the TKO.
Winner: Cris Cyborg def. Marloes Coenen via TKO due to strikes at 3:40 of Round 3 to retain the Strikeforce women's lightweight title.
Cyborg leaves the arena on the shoulders of husband, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, smiling and waving to the crowd.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:27 pm
Nothing of major note coming out of the Strikeforce weigh-ins on Friday night. Everybody made weight, so all fights are on as scheduled.
-- Cris Cyborg and Marloes Coenen had a long staredown, which was prolonged because neither would flinch but nobody on the stage was stepping in to separate them. Coenen stood with her arms behind her back, not even raising a fist. (Cyborg now has black hair, too, if that matters to anyone.)
-- Wes Sims was in rare form, doing Hulk Hogan poses from the scale and clowning before and after the faceoff with Bobby Lashley . When Sims walked onto the stage, he handed Showtime announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr . a red, glowing object and claimed to have found it. He asked Lennon to announce that he had it, and that Sims was giving it back because "honesty is the best policy" (which he yelled multiple times before leaving the stage).
-- Lashley looked like he had swallowed Brock Lesnar . Seriously, the man is of superhero-like musculature. He tipped the scaled at a little over 250 pounds of what looked to be solid muscle.
-- Herschel Walker looked to be really enjoying the whole pre-fight experience, greeting everyone with a warm smile and handshake. Even though they'll be fighting at heavyweight, both Walker and opponent Greg Nagy weighed in a few pounds north of the light heavyweight limit.
-- Other fighters in attendance included, among others, Matt Hughes , former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown , Yves Edwards and Nate Diaz (accompanying brother Nick , naturally). Brown seemed to be a particularly big hit with the fans in attendance, posing for numerous photos.
-- No significant NFL presence yet, which was probably for the best considering the crowded nature of the room where the weigh-ins were held. As noted earlier, this show is happening at a time when a ton of big shots (of both the NFL variety and other celebrity types) are in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area for the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. It's rumored that some of them may show up to support Herschel Walker, or to just kick back and enjoy some fights before the game on Sunday.
Back tomorrow with a complete round-by-round live blog of the entire show (even the undercard). See you then.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:15 pm
This weekend, I'll have full coverage of the Strikeforce: Miami show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
I will be at the weigh-ins later tonight to report on the various happenings, including any special guests that may drop in on the proceedings (remember, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is crawling with big shots this week, due to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV happening at Sun Life Stadium).
On Saturday, I will live-blog the entire show (including the untelevised preliminaries), round by round. Check back often for the latest updates.
The mainstream hook to this show is the pro MMA debut of NFL legend Herschel Walker, who will face Greg Nagy. There is also interest in former WWE powerhouse (and current TNA wrestling performer) Bobby Lashley, who will fight UFC alum Wes Sims. Sims was last seen on Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Lashley has similar attributes to WWE-champ-turned-UFC-mauler Brock Lesnar -- including freakish power and very strong amateur wrestling credentials -- but none of the bad attitude or bravado. It will be interesting to see if Lashley can develop into the next heavyweight MMA star.
The card also features a trio of very intriguing bouts, headlined by the return of the pride of Stockton, Calif., Nick Diaz, who will face Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis in the main event to crown a new Strikeforce welterweight champion.
Cris "Cyborg" Santos enters the cage for the first time since demolishing fan favorite Gina Carano last summer, defending her Strikeforce 145-pound women's title against Marloes Coenen.
At middleweight, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler will attempt to rebound from his submission loss to Jake Shields last June, in a likely slugfest with the dangerous Melvin Manhoef.
The full card for Saturday's event is below.
Main card bouts (televised live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET):
Check in later for news and notes from the weigh-ins.
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Posted on: June 6, 2009 11:10 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2009 12:46 am
One of the most anticipated MMA fights of the past year is finally signed and scheduled.
On Showtime Saturday night, they officially announced Gina Carano vs. Cris "Cyborg" Santos for Strikeforce's Aug. 15 event, to be broadcast on Showtime.
Also signed for that event: The long-awaited rematch for the Strikeforce lightweight title, as champion Josh Thomson battles former champ Gilbert Melendez .
It will be very interesting to see what kind of ratings Carano vs. Cyborg pulls in, and also to see what kind of fighting shape Carano is in after a 10-month layoff.
In addition, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was announced as fighting on the 8/15 show with no opponent named at this time. His opponent may depend on the result of Arlovski vs. Rogers, and how banged up the winner of that fight is.
UPDATE: Brett Rogers knocked out Andrei Arlovski in 22 seconds, and didn't appear to have a scratch on him afterward.