GIF – Rumble Johnson Knocks Out Mike Kyle

It was quick and looked very painful.

In the main event of the World Series of Fighting Card on Saturday night, Rumble Johnson knocked Mike Kyle out cold.

GIF via @ZProphet_MMA:

Video – Highlights From Strikeforce: Henderson Vs. Sobral

You can get the entire picture of Saturday Night’s action with this clip. Some of these knockouts turned my stomach, they were so nasty.

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Strikeforce: Henderson Vs. Sobral

Even though pretty much any UFC card is going to be more important than Strikeforce card, I’m more intrigued with this card, simply because of the Paul Daley vs. Steve Smith fight.

1. Ovince Saint Preux vs. Benji Radach

Why is Radach fighting at 205? Mauro Ranello just told us that he doesn’t think Radach is healthy, he took the fight on short notice, and he decided to fight at this weight to not get lost in the shuffle.

Predictably, Radach was worked by the much bigger Saint Preux. Saint Preux sat on his back and was just raining down punches to the side of his head. Incredibly, Radach survived, but it wasn’t pretty at all.

Saint Preux threw a nasty uppercut that knocked Radach backward. He then went right back to his game of sitting on his back and raining down punches. Radach survived again.

Third round was a bit weird. Radach got some shots in, but Saint Preux got the best of it again. But neither guy really went for the finish so they ended up very much like the first two rounds.

Winner: Ovince Saint Preux by way of unanimous decision

2. Mike Kyle vs. Antonio Silva

This fight is intriguing because Kyle is so game, but I just wonder if Silva is too big. Kyle’s basically a blown-up light heavyweight.

Kyle opened up with a quick right hand that landed, and then he nailed Silva with another that buckled him. Kyle went to the ground and tried to finish, but it didn’t happen. Silva is hurt, but definitely has his wits about him and is defending on the ground.

To show the weight difference, all Silva had to do was basically fall on top of Kyle and he was able to take him down. Silva has decided to use his jiu-jitsu game, rather than stand with him. Silva sunk an anaconda choke in, but Kyle got out of it. I thought it was done. Then Silva switched over to the mount and just started throwing nasty shots from up top and ended it.

Winner: Antonio Silva by way of 2nd round TKO

3. Matt Linland vs. Robbie Lawler

Lawler has an epic beard going on.
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The Aftermath: Strikeforce – Carano vs. Cyborg

So one of the most historic MMA shows ever is in the books. Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg is the first MAJOR MMA televised card featuring male talents to be headlined by females for the first ever Strikeforce Women’s 145 lb championship. Was the show any good? Let’s find out!

Alan
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Best Fight – Ishida/Gilbert
Worst Fight – Carano/Gina (I enjoyed it but it WAS sloppy as hell and they gassed embarrasingly fast. I enjoyed all the other matches and they didn’t have those slights against them so this gets “worst” match kinda by default.)

Fun show. Everything was worth watching. LOVE Gegard, wanna see him in UFC asap.

Big D

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Best Fight: Gina Carano vs. Cristiane Cyborg
Worst Fight: Melendez vs. Ishida

It was a very fun show with no fights going to a decision and all having a bit of spectacularness to them, which can be considered an MMA promoters dream, except when the fighter with the most ability to draw winds up getting the worst end of it. This happened twice here.

I’m sure Strikeforce was hoping and praying that the more marketable Carano was going to pull it off, but I just did not see a chance for it to happen here. She fought bravely though and has nothing to be ashamed of. Cyborg is bigger, stronger, and comes from Chute Boxe.

Other than that, I was happy for North American MMA fans to see Mousassi not only in action, but to come in and destroy the Strikeforce 205 lb champ Babalu quicker than anybody including Chuck Liddell has been able to. Mousassi has been a force in Japan for quite some time and now I’m sure the eyes of the Fertittas and Dana White have been opened to this guy. In addition, Melendes looked great against Ishida and avenged his loss to him tenfold. I’m not the biggest Werdun fan, but he looked good her in his quick submission over Mike Kyle – the closest thing to an MMA version of 1990s WWF jobber.

GG

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Best fight: Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Worst fight: Jay Hieron vs. Jesse Taylor (only the live crowd saw this one I think)

To me, the show was a success. Though Gina Carano didn’t win, I hope that Cyborg was made by beating her. It seemed to me live that the crowd accepted her as the best woman fighter even though they desperately wanted Gina to win. I thought Melendez vs. Ishida was excellent. Those guys fought at a fast pace and Melendez went for blood at the finish. Werdum vs. Kyle wasn’t anything special, but I don’t think many expected it to be. And I loved seeing Mousasi in person. He was very impressive.

Cactus Jim

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Best – Melendez vs. Ishida
Worst – Diaz vs. Riggs because it meant I had to sit through Taylor vs. Hieron. Nothing like killing a crowd right before going live.

Aside from the Taylor/Hieron fight, everything on the card was entertaining. I think at the end of the show Melendez proved once again that he’s a great fighter and I’m excited to see his rematch with Thompson. Mousasi looked like an animal and should have no trouble gaining fan support in the US. Gina took a beating, but I think it will in no way diminish her “face of female MMA” title, as probably 90% of the people that are into Carano are into her because of her looks and not her skills. Cyborg looked impressive, and I think the fans can get behind her aggressive style. Learning a little English before her next fight will help her out a bit with the American fans. Strikeforce once again has shown that they are going to be a force in the MMA market.

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Weigh-ins: Both Girls Make Weight

It doesn’t seem like Gina Carano or Cris Cyborg had any trouble making weight for their big main event fight on Saturday night in San Jose. Carano came in with two pounds to spare while Cyborg came in a half pound light.

The CSAC had communicated that those fighting in title fights had to come in right on the dot or under. There wasn’t going to be a one pound allowance and if the fighters failed to meet weight, it would become a non-title fight.

The only one to miss weight was Jesse Taylor, who was a recent addition to the show after Nick Diaz had to pull out because he doesn’t have a license to fight in California. Taylor had two hours to drop one pound.

Here are the weigh-in results from Bloodyelbow.com:

Showtime Card:
Gina Carano 143lbs vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos 144.5lbs
Gilbert Melendez 155lbs vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida 155lbs
Renato “Babalu” Sobral 201lbs vs. Gegard Mousasi 204lbs
Jesse Taylor 172lbs vs. Jay Hieron 169lbs
Fabricio Werdum 228lbs vs. Mike Kyle 219lbs

Preliminary Card:
Mike Cook 205lbs vs. Scott Lighty 202lbs
David Douglas 156lbs vs. Justin Wilcox 154lbs
Alex Trevino 156lbs vs. Isaiah Hill 156lbs
James Terry 169lbs vs. Zac Bucia 170lbs

Strikeforce: Lawler Vs. Shields Weigh-in Results

Thanks to Stevie J at AngryMarks.com and F4W/Wrestling Observer.

Main card
-Robbie Lawler (182.75) vs. Jake Shields (181.75)
-Nick Diaz (179) vs. Scott Smith (179.5)
-Andrei Arlovski (244) vs. Brett Rogers (262)
-Kevin Randleman (204) vs. Mike Whitehead (206)
-Phil Baroni (168.75) vs. Joe Riggs (170)

Prelims
-Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (205.5) vs. Mike Kyle (202.5)
-Josh Baumgartner (173.5) vs. Jesse Finney (175.75)
-Tyron Woodley (170.5) vs. Sal Woods (169.25)
-Lucas Lopes (186) vs. Scott Ventimiglia (185)
-Dave Cochran (153) vs. Pat Benson (155.75)
-Booker DeRousse (204.25) vs. James Wade (205.25)