Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy Preview & Predictions

There has been little to zero attention on tomorrow nights Strikeforce event from the Rose Garden in Portland, OR. Sure, it’s not the sexiest line up of fights but it should provide some exciting action and answer some intriguing questions both in and outside of the cage. Showtime is really to blame for the lack of promotion and it’s shame because these fights are just wasting their time putting their bodies through a grueling training camp for little pay and even smaller recognition.

 

 

Robbie Lawler (19-8) vs. Lorenz Larkin (12-0): Lawler has a difficult time with technical fighters. Larkin often deviates from his technical prowess and in that, Lawler, the veteran, will find his opening to catch Larkin on the jaw.

 

Prediction: Robbie Lawler via 3rd Round TKO

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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final: Barnett vs. Cormier Results

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final: Barnett vs. Cormier Results  (coverage I provided for gerweck.net)

HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA

 

– Showtime Extreme Prelims

Bobby Green defeated James Terry via split decision (29-28 across the board)

Quinn Mulhern defeated Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Gian Villante defeated Derrick Mehmen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Guto Inocente defeated Virgil Zwicker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeated Gesias Cavalcante via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

 

– Main Card

Chris Spang defeated Nah-Shon Burrell via KO @ 1:35 of the 1st Round: Burrell pushed the pace with strikes until Spang dropped Burrell with a left hook. Burrell got up as Spang rushed in and tied up Burrell with a thai clinch and landed several knees to the head of Burrell until he was dropped once more and referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in to stop the fight.

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Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey Preview

Miesha Tate (12-2)  vs. Ronda Rousey (4-0)

Meisha Tate will defend the Strikeforce 135 lbs championship against the undefeated Ronda Rousey. Rousey has taken female mixed martial arts by storm with her impressive submission victories and charisma. The war of words has been heated over the past three months as both women do not like each other. This is the 2nd time a female fight will headline a major MMA event.

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Strikeforce Challengers results Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Strikeforce Challengers results       (coverage I provided on gerweck.net)

The Pearl at the Palm in Las Vegas, Nevada

Commentators: Stephen Quadros, Pat Miletich and Mauro Ranallo

 

Prelim results:

– Andreas Spang defeated Willie Parks via 1st round TKO

– Quinn Mulhern defeated David Hulett by unanimous decision

– Bobby Green defeated J.P. Reese via Rear Naked Choke in the 3rd round

– Matt Ricehouse defeated Bill Cooper via unanimous decision

 

Main Card:

Middleweight- Referee Kim Winslow

Derek Bunson defeated Nate James via unanimous decision 30-27 across the board: Derek Bunson was the more aggressive fighter and took James downs at will even though he could not keep him down for long. James was poked in the eye with one minute in the first round. No point was taken away from Bunson. Same story in the second round until Bunson landed a belly to back suplex and James rolled through with a knee bar but Bunson escaped. Bunson had difficulty taking down James in the third round until he dropped him with a straight left hand and controlled him against the fence and on the ground for the remainder of the fight.

 

Light Heavyweight- Referee Steve Mazzagatti 

Trevor Smith defeated T.J. Cook via guillotine choke from top position  at 4:28  of the 1st round: Smith was just too strong for Cook as he took him down right away and kept working for side control until Cook escaped from the bottom position. Smith applied a sloppy arm bar and Cook got out of it and Smith caught him with the guillotine in the scramble.

 

Middleweight- Referee Chris Tognoni

Adlan Amagov defeated Anthony Smith via KO at 2:32 of the 1st Round: Amagov worked for the single leg takedown and planted him on the mat and worked from top position until Smtih got up. They traded punches until Amagov lands a hard right cross that Smith could not recover from.

 

Womens Featherweight – Referee Kim Winslow

Ronda Rousey defeated Julia Budd via submission by arm bar at 39 seconds of the 1st round: Rousey took Budd down right away and applied the arm bar. It was tight, and Budd had to tap out. This makes four straight first round wins by arm bar forRousey. “Judo” Gene Lebell was in her corner. Rousey called out Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman in the post fight interview.

 

Middleweight – Referee Steve Mazzagatti 

Lumumba Sayres defeated Antwain Britt via KO at 28 seconds of the 1st round: Britt  throws a right hand, Sayers ducks and attempts the takedown but it’s blocked by Britt. Sayres and Britt clinch against the fence and Sayres connects with a short right hook and an uppercut as Britt sinks to the canvas.