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January 30, 2011

The best fight card of 2011; Diaz wins

In the Strikeforce main event Saturday night, welterweight champion Nick Diaz scored a victory by submission (arm bar) over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos to maintain the title at 4:50 of the second round at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

In the first round both fighters displayed some of the best fighting skills in all of MMA this year. Cyborg landed leg kick after leg kick and Diaz repeatedly landed punches to Cyborg’s face. Both fighters survived the round, but only to repeat it at the start of the second round. Also, in the second round Diaz continued to land his jab before taking the fight to the mat where he rolled Cyborg into an arm bar to retain his title.

Many fans thought Diaz wouldn’t last the fight after taking so many leg kicks.

“I should have checked those kicks a little better,” said Diaz.

Diaz clearly should be mention as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. This fight is clearly the fight of the year so far.

In the co-main event, Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza stopped Robbie Lawler at 2:00 of the third round.

In the first round, Lawler had Souza in trouble when he landed a hard right to Souza’s face that knocked the champion down. Souza was about to survive the round on his back.

In round two, Souza tried two arm bars, but Lawler was able to escape both submission moves. But in the third round the Brazilian Souza was able to submit Lawler with a rear-naked choke.

Heavyweight Herschel Walker came out the aggressor from the opening bell, scoring the bout's first knock down in the opening minutes against Scott Carson. An American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) fighter, Walker scored a TKO in the first round, dominating the challenger both standing up and on the ground. Walker landed 40 strikes compared to two for Carson. 

The 48-year-old former pro football star took a kick to the head in the opening seconds of the first round. “When you're in MMA, you shouldn't take a kick like that,” Walker said.

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velázquez was at round side to support Walker.

In the light heavyweight bout, Roger Gracie submitted Trevor Prangley with a rear-naked choke in the first round. This was supposed to be a big challenge for the young Gracie fighter, who is considered the top grappler in the world.

Both guys were feeling out each other before Gracie took Pranley to the ground at the 2:41 mark of the first round. Gracie moved into a full mount on Pranley and then transfered to a rear-naked choke with a body triangle with 41 second left in the first round.

Below are results from the undercard:

Welterweight Bout: Nate Moore defeated Nathan Coy by KO at 0:25 in the second round.

Lightweight Bout: Isaiah Hill beat Bobby Stack via submission (triangle choke) in 62 seconds.

Middleweight Bout: Ron Keslar defeated Eric Lawson by submission when Lawson tapped out at 1:57 in the first round.

Bantamweight Bout: Germaine de Randamie beat Stephanie Webber by KO (knee) in the first round.

Welterweight Bout: James Terry defeated Lucas Gamaza by TKO (punches) at 3:26 in the first round.

Jenna Castillo beat Charlene Gellner via TKO at 3:57 in the second round.

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 1:37 AM | | Comments (1)
        

January 23, 2011

The Young Assassin strikes again

Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard surprised many MMA fans with a TKO upset win over world-ranked Evan Dunham at 2:58 of the first round in front of the troops at Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, on Saturday night.

Guillard hurt Dunham early in the fight with a right hand jab and followed up with several hammer fists, which had the challenger in trouble.

Dunham was able to take Guillard to the canvas but Guillard fought back and got to his feet. He then connected on several right hands that sent Dunham to the canvas. Guillard followed with three more rights and three knees and referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout.

“I want my title shot ... no disrespect to anyone in my weight class, but I’m the best 155-pound fighter in the UFC,” Guillard said.

In the co-main event, Matt Mitrione stopped fellow heavyweight Tim Hague at 2:59 of the first round. Mitrione connected on a straight left jab and finished him with a right.

Mitrione. always the joker, said, “I want to thank my hands for being so good.”

Mark Hominick defeated George Roop by TKO on punches in the first round. With Hominick's win, he now earns a title shot against champion Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight belt.

Asked about fighting Aldo next, Hominick said, “You just have to make statements with your performances and I believe I did that tonight. Jose next, and he’s best pound-for-pound but he’s never faced anyone like me and I’m going to go out there and prove it.”

 

Heavyweights Pat Barry and Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran both fought a hard three-round brawl for the troops, with Barry getting the decision. Barry, whose dad died in the military twenty-five years ago, said “the only thing me and my brother and sister have left from my dad is this (showing his dad's dog tag). My grandmother mailed this to us 20 years ago.”

On the undercard, Matt Wiman gets a unanimous decision over Cole Miller, Yves Edwards earned a submission win over Cody McKenzie with a rear-naked choke in the second round, DaMarques Johnson stopped Michael Guymon with a body triangle submission in the first round, Rani Yahya unanimously outpointed Mike Brown, Waylon Lowe won by unanimously decision over Willamy Freire, Charlie Brenneman took a unanimous decision over Amilcar Alves, and Chris Cariaso earned a unanimous decision over Will Campuzano.

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 12:07 AM | | Comments (0)
        
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