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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Results

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight Title: Dan Henderson d. (c) Rafael Cavalcante (TKO – Round 3, 0:50)

Dan Henderson was in large part able to avoid Feijao’s dangerous striking and score the TKO victory fairly quickly in the third round.  Henderson wisely utilized the clinch to keep Feijao from doing any damage, and he landed a few takedowns as well.  Henderson looked impressive in claiming the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title.

Henderson has a few possible opponents in place, with King Mo or the winner of Gegard Mousasi/Mike Kyle as the likely challengers.  Feijao might get another crack at King Mo if he doesn’t get the first shot against Henderson.

Women’s Welterweight Title: (c) Marloes Coenen d. Liz Carmouche (Submission – Round 4, 1:29)

Liz Carmouche looked primed to take the Strikeforce 135 lbs. Title from Marloes Coenen, but the champion was able to turn the tides and submit her opponent in the fourth round.  Carmouche looked very impressive, scoring takedowns and using some ground and pound to neutralize her opponent’s dangerous submission abilities.  Carmouche did damage, but in the end, Marloes Coenen is just too good.

Coenen will likely go on to fight Miesha Tate, while Carmouche should see a more permanent step up in competition.  Sarah Kaufman might be a good fight for Carmouche.

Middleweight: Tim Kennedy d. Melvin Manhoef (Submission – Round 1, 3:41)

Manhoef looked good for the limited amount of time that these two were standing.  Kennedy quickly and wisely took Manhoef down and took the submission victory.  Manhoef was almost able to defend the single takedown attempt, but Kennedy leveraged Manhoef down and the fight was pretty much over for there.

Kennedy said he’d like to fight Robbie Lawler or Jacare Souza next, which are basically the only two fights you can make.  Short of bringing in Hector Lombard or Mamed Khalidov, the Strikeforce middleweight division basically consists of three men.

Lightweight: Jorge Masvidal d. Billy Evangelista (Unanimous Decision)

Masvidal was the far superior fighter, as he completely dominated Evangelista.  Most of the fight was spent with Masvidal picking apart his previously undefeated opponent with a constant barrage of accurate strikes.  Evangelista’s striking was completely telegraphed, as it looked like he never even had a chance.

Welterweight: Roger Bowling d. Josh Thornburg (Unanimous Decision)

Lightweight: Jorge Gurgel d. Billy Vaughan (Submission – Round 1, 0:44)

Heavyweight: Jason Freeman d. Jason Riley (Submission – Round 1, 1:52)

Middleweight: Brian Rogers d. Ian Rammel (TKO – Round 1, 4:23)

Middleweight: Mitch Whitesel d. Marc Cofer (Submission – Round 1, 3:55)

Welterweight: John Kuhner d. J.P. Felty (Submission – Round 2, 4:31)

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Bellator 35 Results

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Jay Hieron d. Anthony Lapsley (Submission – Round 1, 3:39)

While the ending of this fight may have been controversial, it likely wouldn’t have been if the fight went on another minute.  Jay Hieron was totally dominant and had Anthony Lapsley in some bad positions.  The fight was ended when Lapsley failed to respond to referee Josh Rosenthal’s inquiries.  Lapsley claimed his arm was trapped, so he couldn’t move it to confirm he was still conscious.

Really, it doesn’t matter.  Jay Hieron is a different class of fighter than Anthony Lapsley and he would have won this fight eventually.

Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Lyman Good d. Chris Lozano (Unanimous Decision)

Despite making a late push, Chris Lozano fell to the former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good.  Good’s striking was extremely aggressive and very crisp, while Lozano spent a lot of the fight stymied by Good’s punches.  Good and Hornbuckle are the likely favorites in the rest of the tournament, but the former champ still has a long way to go before reclaiming his title.

Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Brent Weedman d. Dan Hornbuckle (Unanimous Decision)

I really didn’t agree with this decision, as I thought that Dan Hornbuckle won the first and third rounds.  In the end, all three judges felt that Weedman won two rounds of a very entertaining fight.  Weedman and Hornbuckle had some awesome back and forth grappling, with both men closing in on multiple submissions.  Weedman was able to neutralize Hornbuckle’s length and pulled off the biggest upset of the night.

Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Rick Hawn d. Jim Wallhead (Unanimous Decision)

This wasn’t a particularly notable fight, as it was basically fifteen minutes of boxing without any threats of the fight being stopped.  Rick Hawn was the more aggressive fighter and was the clear victor.  He pushed the pace and was more accurate with his striking, earning a spot in the tournament semifinals.

Women’s Featherweight: Zoila Frausto d. Karina Hallinan (Unanimous Decision)

Catchweight (176 lbs.): Waachiim Spiritwolf d. Jaime Jara (Split Decision)

Featherweight: Brandon Bender d. Josh Herrick (Submission – Round 1, 3:42)

Bantamweight: Paul Ruiz d. Jesus Castro (TKO – Round 1, 1:17)

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