Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com tonight for all the results live as they happen from Strikeforce’s last ever event.
The preliminary action is set to get underway at around 7pm ET (12am UK) with the main card going live at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Tarec Saffiedine defeats Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)
Daniel Cormier defeats Dion Staring by TKO at 4.02mins of Rd2
Josh Barnett defeats Nandor Guelmino by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2.11mins of Rd1
Gegard Mousasi defeats Mike Kyle by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.09mins of Rd1
Ronaldo Souza defeats Ed Herman by submission (kimura) at 3.10mins of Rd1
Ryan Couture defeats KJ Noons by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30)
On paper this looked like the most competitive of the prelim bouts, and it lived up to that expectation as it was closely fought through all 15 minutes of the fight. Surprisingly it played out entirely on the feet with Couture showing a willingness to mix it up with Noons in his world. Noons worked his boxing on the counter well and appeared to land the better shots throughout the bout, but Couture played his part and showed some nice versatility to his output with a selection of kicks being mixed in with the punches, with a spinning kick to the mid-section in particular paying dividends. At one stage there was a clash of heads and Noons came off worst from it with a cut on his forehead that bled for much of the second round. It was in the second round that Noons had his best moment though, rocking Couture with a big left hook and then blasting away at him with punches, but Couture showed his toughness to stay on his feet and his heart to then work his way back into the fight for the remainder of the round. It was certainly a close fight overall, but the balance seemed to swing more in Noons favor, yet the judges apparently saw it different and handed Couture the win by the narrowest of margins. A cruel blow for Noons and given that he’s always entertaining the UFC would do well to at least give him a chance in the promotion.
Tim Kennedy defeats Trevor Smith by submission (guillotine choke) at 1.36mins of Rd3
The first couple of rounds of this fight were fairly even with Kennedy just edging it as they battled it out both on the feet and on the mat. In the third Smith began to tire under the pace Kennedy was keeping and that encourage his opponent to push onwards. Smith ducked in for a takedown, but Kennedy seized his neck in a guillotine choke and dragged him down, torquing the submission hard to one side to force the tap.
Pat Healy defeats Kurt Holobaugh by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
This turned out to be a surprisingly competitive fight. Healy grinded out the win on the mat in the end, but the late replacement Holobaugh made him work for it, throwing big strikes on the feet when given the opportunity, and staying active when the fight hit the mat, attempting several submissions. Healy proved too much for him in the end with his grappling and experience though and should now make it to the UFC, but Holobaugh earned a lot of respect tonight too and looks a promising talent for the future.
Roger Gracie defeats Anthony Smith by submission (arm triangle choke) at 3.16mins of Rd2
Gracie looked sluggish in the opening round and that allowed Smith to work his striking, landing frequently with leg kicks and generally being the busier fighter. During the round Smith did take an eye poke though which forced a brief stoppage, but he appeared fine to continue. However, not too long into the second round it became apparant that Smith’s eye was troubling him, though it wasn’t clear whether this was due to the poke from the first round, or a strike from Gracie in the second. Either way it put him on the back foot and brought Gracie to life as he started to push the pace. Soon after he used the thai clinch well to swivel Smith into the cage and then got a double-leg takedown. From their he easily passed through Smith’s guard to get full mount. One big elbow followed that opened up a major cut above Smith’s already injured eye, but that wouldn’t have a serious impact on the fight as Gracie then switched off to the side with an arm-triangle choke and forced the tap.
Adriano Martins defeats Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Estevan Payan defeats Mike Bravo by TKO at 4.01mins of Rd2