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!

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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.


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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 Live Play By Play

Just a heads up as I do the live play by play of this show. The internet is a bit slow here so the updates might not be as frequent as I want them to be. But I’ll do my best.

1. Alexander Trevino vs. Isaiah Hall

Trevino submitted him in the first round. I was trying to get wireless set up in the building and didn’t get to watch it closely, but it looked like a fun fight.

Winner: Alexander Trevino

2. Zac Bucia vs. James Terry
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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

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

Rear Naked Ramblings – Jeff Hardy Is Just Simply An Enigma

News and notes from MMA, boxing, and pro wrestling …

Jeff Hardy wasn’t allowed to board a flight back to his hometown after Tuesday’s Smackdown tapings because he was intoxicated. I guess it’s a lesser of possible evils from him, but it’s just mind boggling how he keeps screwing up right after WWE forgives him from his previous mistake. For those that don’t remember, he was going to win the ladder match at this year’s Wrestlemania which would’ve given him another title chance, and possible title run sometime this summer. But he failed another drug test and was suspended. He’s scheduled to be in the Smackdown main event at the upcoming No Mercy PPV. He’s even on the poster. Let’s hope this dude gets his act together because in the ring, he’s a great entertainer.

Kazuo Masaki defeated Joe Riggs last night in the main event of Strikeforce at the Mansion II, their second Playboy Mansion show in two years. Lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida, the first man to beat Gilbert Melendez, won in the first two minutes, beating Justin Wilcox with an arm bar. Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson defeated Ashe Bowman, which could set up a rematch with Melendez somewhere down the line.

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