by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com (photo by Esther Lin)
Matt “The Law” Lindland snapped a two-fight losing streak with a technical knockout win over Kevin Casey in the main event of “ShoMMA 8: Lindland vs. Casey” at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., on Friday.
Casey was no pushover. He took the Olympic silver medalist wrestler down in the first round where he was able to take Lindland’s back, slap on a body triangle, and work for a rear naked choke. MMAWeekly.com scored Casey winning the opening stanza.
The rest of the bout was all Matt Lindland in classic Lindland style. He was able to secure takedowns early in both the second and third rounds where he pounded his opponent with punches. Lindland came close to a finish in the closing seconds of round two when he had Casey trapped in the crucifix position and landed several punches to the Californian’s unguarded head.
The end came at 3:41 of the final round where Lindland was smothering Casey against the fence and landing clean shots until referee Shawn Gregory called a halt to the contest.
“I’m just going to train and fortunately I’m in the right division in Strikeforce. They have so many talented fighters at that division,” said the 40-year-old when asked about his fighting future. “There’s a lot of tough middleweights in this division. Outside of Chael (Sonnen) and Anderson (Silva), I think all the best middleweights are here right now.
“As soon as Scott (Coker) will give me another bout agreement I’m ready to get back in there.”
In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley barely escaped with his undefeated record intact facing Portland’s own Nathan Coy, pulling out a split decision win.
The 28-year-old athlete had only been out of the first round once.
Woodley looked like his usual self for the first half of round one, using his wrestling to get the fight to the ground and take Coy’s back. The second half of the round saw Coy in control with the clinch where he battered Woodley’s legs with knees.
Coy was having his way in the second round landing combinations and winning the striking exchanges, but slipped while throwing a roundhouse kick aimed at his opponent’s head. Woodley took advantage of the situation seizing the opportunity to keep Coy on the canvas.
Woodley mounted, took Coy’s back, and as the round ended, applied an arm bar, but the bell kept him from a potential finish.
Coy was able to work leg kicks and executed a high-crotch takedown in the third round and landed punches while Woodley was unable to get out from the bottom for the bulk of the time frame.
The judges rendered their decision and the scorecards read: 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28 for Woodley.
“I thought I did good. He’s a tough guy, so I couldn’t throw a lot. I used my counter punching,” said Woodley in his post-fight interview. “I thought it was a good fight.”
With boos coming down from Coy’s hometown crowd, Woodley was open to a rematch.
“I would want a rematch, but I also want to move forward with my career,” said Woodley. “This is the first fight that I went to the distance in full, so yeah.”
Roger Bowling put on an impressive performance in his welterweight match-up with Bobby Voelker.
Voelker displayed his toughness, eating right hands throughout the fight, and enduring a cut opened above his left eye in the first round.
Bowling dropped Voelker early in the second, but Voelker survived. Bowling put on a clinic through the first 10 minutes.
Voelker came out aggressive in round three, knowing he needed a finish to win, but an unintentional eye poke forced an end to the fight when Bowling was unable to continue.
The judges decided the outcome and all three agreed that Bowling was the victor.
In the lone knockout of the night, Belgian Tarac Saffiedine landed a straight right hand ending the night for Nate Moore. Saffiedine had sent Moore crashing to the canvas briefly with a right hand before the end came at 1:12 of the second round.
Pat Healy and Bryan Travers kicked off the Showtime broadcast in a back and forth, fast paced bout. Healy landed the better punches in the opening round and controlled the second with wrestling while Travers battled back in the third.
– Lindland def. Casey by TKO (punches) at 3:41, R3
– Woodley def. Coy by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
– Bowling def. Voelker by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29–28, 29–28)
– Saffiedine def. Moore by KO at 1:21, R2
– Healy def. Travers by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29–28, 30–27)