Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:15 pm
Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, has not fought for the promotion since November 2007, when he won the title.
He finally returns to defend the title against Brett "The Grim" Rogers, who earned some new fans in his hard-fought loss to Fedor Emelianenko last fall.
Round 1: They quickly engage but neither connects with anything solid. Overeem stalking Rogers. Straight punch by Rogers, Overeem answers with a leg kick. Overeem with more leg kicks. Rogers misses with a big left and clinches Overeem. Overeem "hulks out" of it, throwing Rogers to the mat.
Overeem follows him and starts grounding and pounding from the top. Overeem takes side control and throws some elbows from the top. Rogers scrambles up and almost lands in a guillotine choke, so he aborts the escape. Overeem holds Rogers in side control with his other side against the fence. Overeem with knees and elbows. He switches to fists, and Rogers eventually covers up. Overeem unloads with a ton of punches from the top, and referee
Big" John McCarthy stops the fight.
Winner: Alistair Overeem defeats Brett Rogers via TKO due to strikes at 3:40 of Round 1 to retain the Strikeforce heavyweight title.
Overeem says after the win that he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next, pointing out that Fedor's management turned down the chance to fight him on this show.
Overeem is the natural next opponent for Fedor, even more so than FabricioWerdum (who will fight Fedor in June). Partially because Emelianenko is treated like the champion even though he isn't, so it makes sense to give him the chance to make it official. Likewise, Overeem, in being the champion, should fight the best in his division, which is clearly Fedor.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 11:39 pm
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski has lost his last two fights via KO or TKO in Round 1. He tries to bounce back here against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, who looks to rebound from his loss to Fabricio Werdum last November.
Round 1: Inside leg kick by Arlovski. Outside leg kick by Silva. Silva counters a leg kick with a right hand. Arlovski misses with a combo up the middle. Silva with another outside leg kick, then he grazes Arlovski with a jab. Arlovski with a double jab.
Silva connects with a left hook. Arlovski misses a left hook and ends up in close range, so Silva throws a four-punch combo. Arlovski takes a hard right hand and a pair of follow-up strikes without going down. Silva ties him up at the cage wall briefly, then they separate.
Silva with a flurry of fists, a few of them landing, and then he takes Arlovski down. Arlovski is seated against the cage wall with Silva holding on, but no real action happening. Arlovski gets to his feet at the end of the round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Arlovski misses with a combo and eats a countering jab from Silva. Silva with an uppercut and right hook combo as Arlovski moves in. Silva unloads with a combo, tagging Arlovski good with a right hook, then clinching him at the cage wall. Arlovski reverses position on him and throws knees to Silva's thighs.
Both fighters lands some short uppercuts, but there isn't much happening so referee "Big" John McCarthy separates them. More light striking, more clinching, and one more separation by McCarthy. Arlovski with a head kick that Silva blocks. Inside leg kick by Arlovski. They trade jabs, then Arlovski whiffs on an overhand right. Silva misses a combo and they end up clinching again briefly.
Arlovski with more leg kicks before Silva ties him up again, running out the clock on the round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: Right hook by Silva. Silva with a leg kick into a boxing combo, into a tie-up at the fence. Both fighters trade knees to the thigh. McCarthy separates them. Arlovski throws combos and repeatedly eats a strong counterpunch up the middle from Silva. Silva with a Muay Thai clinch. Arlovski throws weak uppercuts from within the tie-up. McCarthy breaks it up. Silva misses a right cross.
Arlovski with leg kicks. Silva takes him down and ends up in full closed guard. Nothing much happens, and Arlovski makes it to his feet before the end of the round. With a few seconds remaining, Silva decides to shuck and jive, and clown Arlovski, daring him to punch him. You're A. Silva, but not THAT A. Silva. 10-9 Silva, so I have it 30-27 for "Bigfoot."
Winner: Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva defeats Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:47 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 11:10 pm
DREAM fighter Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza looks for his second consecutive Strikeforce victory as he fights middleweight veteran Joey Villasenor.
Round 1: Souza uses an overhand right to set up a takedown attempt. He ties Villasenor up against the cage wall. Jacare finishes the takedown and ends up in half guard. Jacare throws some right hands down at Villasenor's head. He takes full mount and throws several more punches down at Villasenor.
Jacare lands a half dozen more punches and Villasenor walks up the cage to escape out the back door to his feet. Very nice escape while under fire. Villasenor throws some short strikes from the tie-up and Jacare takes him down again. Jacare lands many big strikes to Villasenor's face from above. Jacare backs off and Villasenor stands, eating a series of fists and knees for his trouble.
Jacare with another takedown. He applies a far-side kimura armbar from half guard, but Villasenor breaks free. Villasenor gets to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Jacare by my score. Close to a 10-8.
Round 2: Villasenor works some leg kicks, but Jacare goes right back to the takedown. Villasenor escapes to his feet and throws some strikes. Jacare goes back to the leg as Villasenor scrambles to avoid the takedown, but he ends up on his back again with Jacare in half guard.
Jacare passes to side control and Villasenor immediately scrambles to his feet, eating one knee as he stands up. Leg kick by Villasenor. Left hook by Jacare, followed by a takedown. Jacare is in full guard this time and working much more slowly. He can't do much on the ground before Villasenor gets to his feet.
Jacare shoots again and Villasenor sprawls as time expires in the round. 10-9 Jacare, but the tables might be turning here. Jacare looks tired and Villasenor's hanging in there.
Round 3: Jacare is bleeding from the nose. Villasenor landing some punches. Jacare shoots for a takedown and can't get it. He's gassing out, and it's also affecting his striking. Villasenor looks fresh. Right hand by Villasenor. Jacare shoots and Villasenor stuffs it, then throws more strikes. Jacare with a nice straight right hand followed by a completed takedown.
Jacare works ground and pound from half guard. After a while the referee stands them up for inactivity, which is questionable. Villasenor with a missed head kick attempt into a flying knee, but Jacare takes him down again, and that's where the fight stays until the clock expires. 10-9 Villasenor, so I score the bout 29-28 for Jacare. Let's see what the judges think.
Winner: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defeats Joe Villasenor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:27 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:57 am
Up next is Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman at light heavyweight.
Round 1: Gracie has a very substantial height advantage. Gracie works the jab, wisely, to hold Randleman at bay. Left hand by Gracie. Randleman with an inside leg kick the sends Gracie's leg flying into the air. Gracie with some light jabs. Randleman ducks in and eats a right hook.
Randleman gets inside for the tie-up and Gracie throws a knee to the body. Randleman forces Gracie to the cage wall and starts some dirty boxing. Gracie applies a guillotine choke well enough that Randleman decides he'd better scramble out of it, and they're back to standup. More jabs by Gracie. Randleman with a trio of punches, mostly blocked. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 Gracie, but it's close.
Round 2: Gracie with a series of jabs to maintain distance. Randleman gets inside and lands a pair of very hard body punches. Gracie answers with a flurry that makes Randleman retreat. Gracie ties him up with a plomb and lands a hard knee that puts Randleman on the canvas.
Gracie goes to the mat and moves to full mount as Randleman fights to clear the cobwebs. Gracie ends up taking Randleman's back. Gracie applies the figure four body lock and begins working for a rear naked choke. Randleman's in a really bad spot right now, because even if Gracie can't finish the choke, because that body lock is very tight.
Gracie finally completes the choke, and Randleman is forced to tap out.
Winner: Roger Gracie defeats Kevin Randleman via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:10 of Round 2.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 10:17 pm
Antwain Britt fights Rafael Feijao at light heavyweight to kick off the broadcast.
Round 1: Feijao fakes a right and lands a nice left hook. Britt lands a jab and then unloads with a flurry, all of which get blocked. Britt ties Feijao up and pushes him to the fence. Feijao reverses him and takes a Muay Thai plomb, throwing a few knees. Britt Blocks or dodges the majority of them.
Britt fires jabs up the middle and mixes in some shots to the body. Feijao ties him up. Feijao throws a knee to the side as Britt lands a pair of close-range uppercuts on the break. Feijao goes back to the Muay Thai plomb but switches to a standard body lock. Nothing much happening, so the referee breaks them up.
Feijao rushes at Britt and cracks him hard with a right hook. Britt is rocked. Feijao unloads with more fists to put Britt down for good.
Winner: Rafael Feijao defeats Antwain Britt via KO at 3:45 of Round 1.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 9:34 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 9:58 pm
We'll have a live blog of tonight's Strikeforce event in St. Louis beginning at roughly 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the main blog link for the latest updates and round-by-round details as the main card begins.
Here are the quickie undercard results from St. Louis:
The main card tonight consists of the following:
See you in a few for the start of the live blog.
Posted on: May 9, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:54 am
In the main event, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defends his light heavyweight title against the man many believe was robbed out of a decision in their last fight, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
As the undercard fights were happening earlier tonight, word broke (via ESPN's Franklin McNeil) that an unnamed source said Rua injured his knee in training and will be fighting hurt.
Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole later commented on Twitter that Dana White denied the report. On one hand, If Rua was fighting hurt, I don't think he'd necessarily tell White (or anyone else) about it beforehand. And if White did know something, I wouldn't expect him to go chit-chatting about it on press row. I guess we'll know for sure once the fight starts.
Round 1: Shogun kicks the lead leg almost immediately. Machida's karate stance leaves him open to Rua's strategy. Rua throws a three-punch combo, landing two of them clean. Leg kicks from both guys. Rua tries for a takedown and Machida turns it around on him. Rua sweeps and gets back to his feet, clinching Machida against the fence. They separate and Rua pushes forward quickly with a flurry of fists. A right hand looks to have stunned Machida briefly.
Rua with another takedown attempt and Machida ends up on top, again. They stand and Machida lands a couple of good knees to the body. Rua with a head kick, Machida blocks it. Rua with a big right hand that sends Machida to the canvas. Rua unloads on him from the top, eventually knocking Machida out cold. Your new UFC light heavyweight champion is Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and he did it in very convincing fashion. So much for a bum knee.
Winner: Mauricio Rua defeats Lyoto Machida via KO due to strikes at 3:35 of Round 1 to win the UFC light heavyweight title.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:55 am
Knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley takes on Josh Koscheck here, in a fight that has implications on who will next challenge for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Unless Dana White signs Jake Shields (and by all appearances, he will) and hot-shots him into a GSP title fight immediately, the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will fight GSP next.
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start the round. They've been calling each other terrible names for weeks now, so that's not a shock. Daley immediately tries a flying knee and misses. It's almost a minute before either guy attempts something with both being very cautious of the other's striking. Koscheck with a double leg takedown.
Daley tries to stand and gets taken back down. Koscheck is in side control trying to improve to mount, but he ends up stepping into half guard. Koscheck trying to throw strikes but he's not getting much in. Daley tries to scramble free and Koscheck takes his back, trying for a rear naked choke. Koscheck gets one hook in, still fighting for the rear naked choke. He nearly gets it, before Daley scrambles free. Daley throws a knee as Koscheck is trying to stand up.
Referee Dan Miragliotta immediately takes a point away and asks Koscheck if he is OK. Koscheck is still down, but here's where it gets interesting. A slo-mo replay shows that the knee didn't connect with Koscheck's head, and also shows that Koscheck looks at the referee and makes an angry expression about the illegal strike before flopping to his stomach and suddenly appearing incapable of fending for himself.
Basically, Koscheck flopped, and acted his way into getting a one-point deduction. But the fight resumed, and between rounds, Miragliotta confirmed that the knee didn't connect and redacted the point deduction from Daley. After all that, I'd score the round 10-9 Koscheck... if the deduction stuck, I'd have scored it 10-8.
Round 2: Koscheck with a leg kick. Daley with some boxing, Koscheck answers with a takedown. Side control by Koscheck. Daley traps the leg for half guard. Koscheck with intermittent strikes as he tries for full mount, but Daley is defending the pass well. Koscheck with elbows and fists from the top. Daley once again avoids being mounted.
Daley scrambles while Koscheck throws strikes and winds up with his back again. Koscheck with hooks in, trying for the rear naked choke again. Daley defends it, but can't escape before the round ends. 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3: Koscheck humors Daley by standing for a while, but then goes right back to the takedowns. He's back in Daley's half guard. Daley has double underhooks while Koscheck hammers away at his temple. Koscheck finally achieves full mount. Daley is fighting hard to escape but every time he turns, he's in danger of giving up his back. He gets back to half guard. Koscheck basically holds Daley down until the buzzer. The crowd boos. 10-9 Koscheck, so I score it 30-27 Koscheck.
When they stand up, Daley follows Koscheck, and when he turns around Daley sucker-punches him with a left hook, LONG after the end of the fight. Totally unprofessional, and likely will get him booted from the UFC and suspended by the commission.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.