Strikeforce Challengers 18 took place last night at the Pearl In The Palms Resort And Casino in Las Vegas and we’ve got all the results for you below.
In the main event Joe Duarte produced a notable win over Jorge Gurgel.
As is often the case Gurgel decided to stand and trade with his opponent despite his background in BJJ, and paid the price when it turned out that Duarte was the better striker, and mixed in with a few takedowns along the way that allowed him to claim a unanimous decision victory.
The biggest talking point of the night came during up and coming female star Ronda Rousey’s Strikeforce debut against Sarah D’Aelio.
Rousey was the aggressor from the start, quickly looking for a takedown and then leaping for an armbar. She appeared to be in the process of locking it in when she looked over to referee Steve Mazzagatti and said something. He hesitated for a moment and then swooped in to call an end to the fight with just 25 seconds on the clock.
D’Aelio immediately sprung to her feet and protested that she hadn’t tapped and that there was nothing wrong with her as Mazzagatti looked on with an expression that was equal parts bemused and embarassed.
Later Rousey would claim that she felt D’Aelio’s arm pop, heard her say something and assumed she was verbally tapping so she had informed Mazzagatti of that fact. For her part D’Aelio denies that and says she had just groaned in pain, but had no intention of tapping, verbally or otherwise.
See the full list of results from the event belo.
- Joe Duarte def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision
- Nate James def. Danillo Villefort via unanimous decision
- Pat Healy def. Eric Wisely by unanimous decision
- Ronda Rousey def. Sarah D’Alelio via submission (armbar) at 0.25mins of Rd1
- Derrick Mehmen def. Roy Jones via unanimous decision
- Gian Villante def. Keith Berry via unanimous decision
- Nah-Shon Burell def. Lukasz Les via second-round TKO
- Mike Bronzoulis def. Chad Leonhardt via third-round TKO
- Milton Vieira def. Sterling Ford via first-round submission