Strikeforce – Nick Diaz Vs. Cyborg

I totally missed the Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley fight. However, I’ll give you the result via Dave Meltzer from F4WOnline/Wrestling Observer.

1. Trevor Prangley vs. Roger Gracie

Not a big vocal reaction to Gracie but tons of people shooting photos of him as he came out. Gracie will have a huge height advantage. Renzo in the corner. Crowd booing early from lack of action. Prangley threw a right that landed short. Gracie landed a left jab. Crowd booing even more. Gracie bulled Prangley into the fence and throwing knees. Another clinch and Gracie took Prangley down. Gracie landing some punches. Gracie got a mount. Prangley needs to last 90 seconds here. Prangley tried to escape and Gracie has his back with 1:00 left. Gracie working for a choke. Graice has a body scissors and now has the choke. He beat a real guy without getting punched.

Winner: Roger Gracie by way of 1st round submission

2. Scott Carson vs. Hershel Walker

Walker is fired up. He robotically knocked Carson down with a left hand and Carson went down. Carson got up to his feet, but Walker grabbed around his waist and put him back down. Hersh was working hard with punches, though he could’ve taken his back whenever he wanted. Carson got back up and Hersch sent him down again and it was stopped.
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Strikeforce: Lawler Vs. Sobral Play By Play

This is an odd Wednesday mid-week show to coincide with the big E3 gamer convention that’s going on in LA. I imagine we’ll hear a lot about the EA MMA game tonight.

Pat Miletich and Stephen Quadros join Mauro Ranello. And for whatever reason, they’re having trouble with the sound. I hope that ends. It’s going to be annoying of it doesn’t.

1. Conor Heun vs. KJ Noons

Ranello asked Miletich if Noons can be a good boxer and good MMA fighter at the same time. Miletich said yes and used Jens Pulver as an example. I don’t remember Pulver being a world champion boxer.

Heun tooled Noons in the round and Ranello said that Noons looked rusty. I’ll say. Heun was working for a choke late in the round, but Noons got out of it and dropped him with a body shot at the end of the first.

If Heun won the first round, Noons definitely won the second. He landed some bombs. But it’s kind of unbelievable that he’s someone who beat Nick Diaz because he looks out of condition and very one dimensional. But he hits hard. Heun is hanging in there though after taking some really good shots and even got a takedown at the end of the round.

It turned into a sloppy slugfest in the third. And Noons tore up Heun’s face. Heun’s going to lose this fight because he’s being hit with the bigger punches, but the guy has tremendous heart. It was probably a bad idea to get into a boxing match with Noons though. He needed to get more takedowns and get it back on the ground.

Winner: KJ Noons by way of split decision

Wow. The scores were 30-27 Heun, 29-28 Noons, and 29-28 Noons.

2. Trevor Prangley vs. Tim Kennedy
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Strikeforce Challengers (San Jose, CA) Live Results

From Cactus Jim who is live in San Jose:

1. Tobar beat Nguyen by way of 2nd round submission – rear naked choke.

2. Arenal over Miller by way of 1st round TKO. Cactus Jim said it was non-stop action.

3. Bracamnonte beat Stewart by way of 3rd round TKO. Bracamnonte dominated and it was waved off by the ref in the 3rd.

4. Phillips beat Lawson by way of 1st round submission – arm bar.

Fitch and Cain are right behind me. The Diaz bros just walked in. Gilbert and Hershel are right in front of me.

5. Medeiros beat Castillo by decision. Jim said it was pretty boring compared to undercard. Castillo wouldn’t engage much. 30-27 on all cards.

6. Tarec S beat Terry by decision. One sided most of the fight.

7. Luke Rockhold beat Paul Bradley by 1st round TKO.

8. Prangley technical draw with Amoussou. Prangley accidentally poked Amoussou in the eye in round 1. Amoussou wanted to continue, but doctor wouldn’t let him. He seemed OK.

Ladies up next.

9. Sarah Kaufman beat Takayo Hashi by unanimous decision.

“Strikeforce on NBC” Draws 1.1 Million Viewers

Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz sent out a press release with the information that their “Strikeforce on NBC” late night television show did its best rating ever last Saturday, doing 1.1 million viewers. The show featured the Trevor Prangley vs. Anthony Ruiz bout from the Playboy Mansion.

I’ve seen the show several times and what impresses me most about the show is that it’s put together tightly, and you don’t feel like you’re wasting a moment of your time when you watch it. It’s only 30 minutes long and for the most part, other than some introduction to the fighters, you get nothing but fighting. Also, if you have high definition, you should be able to find it on one of your high definition channels. In the Bay Area where I live, it comes on Universal HD.

This weekend is the premiere showing of Josh Thomson’s victory over Gilbert Melendez from the summer. Thomson won Melendez’s Strikeforce lightweight championship.

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