by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
STRIKEFORCE: TRIPLE THREAT
December 8, 2006
-Raul Castillo beats Andrew Montanez by TKO, 2:10 into the first round.
After a brief exchange on the feet, Castillo got it to the ground and dominated the fight from there on. Castillo showed excellent jiu-jitsu positioning en route to a TKO stoppage after Montanez was unable to intelligently defend himself from strikes.
-Anthony Figueroa beats David Barrios by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Both fighters start the exchnaging before engaging in the clinch after some nice knees from both fighters, Figueroa lands an unintentional knee to the groin. After a brief rest period, the fight is restarted with Figueroa landing the cleaner shots. Barrios gets a guillotine choke but Figueroa escapes and lands some strikes before they make there way back to the feet. Figueroa gets a guillotine choke of his own but Barrios escapes as the round ends.
Both fighters start out exchanging with Figueroa getting the cleaner shots in. They go to the ground and Figueroa gets the mount but is unable to do anything with it. They make it back to the feet and Barrios starts to get a couple of clean shots in as Figueroa starts to fatigue as the round ends.
Barrios seems to be the fresher fighter of the two but Figueroa continues to come forward. They briefly clinch along the fence before Figueroa is able to seperate. Barrios is once again hit in the groin, this time from a kick. They restart with both fighters landing strikes but neither fighter getting a clear advantage. Figueroa gets a late takedown and ends the round in Barrio’s guard.
-Scott Graham beats Drew Dimanlig by unanimous decision (All three 30-27).
Both fighters start out feeling each other out then they clinch up, exchanging a couple knees before they seperate. Dimanlig goes for a takedown but Graham sprawls and avoids it. After a another brief exchange, Graham lands an accidental knee to the groin. They restart and Dimanlig again going for the takedown but Graham defends well as the round ends.
Dimanlig gets a takedown and works a guillotine choke for a quite some time. After cinching in the choke a little deeper, Graham stands up and slams him hard to the mat. After another scramble, Graham works a guillotine but Dimanlig isn’t in any trouble as he ends up on top to end the round.
Both fighters start the round feeling each other out before Dimanlig pushes Gramham against the fence. They seperate and Dimanlig gets a takedown but Graham goes for a guillotine choke but has nothing solid. Graham sweeps Dimanlig and ends up in mount, he lands some solid ground and pound as he works the body with strikes as the round ends.
-David Smith beats Sean Basset by TKO, 1:36 into the third round.
After a brief feeking out process Smith lands a punch that drops Basset. Basset then lands a couple of uppercuts that drop Smith, both fighters continue to exchange with frequency as neither getting the better of the other. Basset gets a takedown at the end of the round after an exciting first round.
Both fighters are a little more cautious to begin the round as neither wants to give the other the advantage. Smith lands a nice flurry of punches that hurts Basset. Basset goes for a takedown but Smith defends well. After a brief clinch, Basset gets the takedown and lands some solid ground and pound until the round ends.
Smith lands a big punch that drops Basset, Smith follows him into his guard and is landing some huge shots to Basset’s face. Smith continues with brutal ground and pound and the refeere fianlly steps in to stop the fight as Basset was unable to defend himself. Basset is a bloody mess as the fight is stopped.
MAIN CARD BOUTS
-Rex Richards beats Kyle Leviton with a keylock, 2:02 into the first round.
Leviton starts the fight by throwing a huge right hook that glances Richards face and Richards gets a takedown, immediately getting into mount. After some brief strikes, Richards goes for an armbar but then gets Levition’s back and then back to mount. Richards then locks on a nasty looking keylock that forces Levition to tap.
-Daniel Puder beats Mike Cook with a rear naked choke, 2:31 into the second round.
Puder immediately goes for takedown but Cook defends well but is eventually taken down. Cook somehow gets into mount, he doesn’t last long as Puder reverses and ends up in his guard. Cook then does the same and reverses Puder with Cook on top. Puder goes for an armbar but Cook slams him and escapess. Puder again goes for armbar but Cook escapes and gets into half guard. Puder escapes and gets Cook’s back just as the round ends.
After a brief exchange on the feet, Puder goes for a takedown and Cook sprawls, defending well. Puder eventually gets the takedown and then shortly gets Cook’s back. Puder works for the choke and uses strikes to finally sink in the choke, Cook taps but the referee doesn’t see it and fianlly stops the fight right before Cook goes out.
-Paul Buentello beats Ruben “Warpath” Villareal by TKO, 3:56 into the second round.
Buentello comes out swinging as he lands a nice flurry that doesn’t seem to faze Warpath. Buentello lands a huge right punch but Warpath just takes its as he clichs with Buentello along the fence. Warpath lands a couple of body shots but they seperate and Buentello continues to lands big shots that don;t seem to faze Warpath. Buentello lands a spiining back kick to midsection of Warpath. Both fighters continue to circle each other until Buentello comes in with a flying punch that again doesn’t faze Warpath. They end the round clinched along the fence.
Buentello comes out with low kicks as both fighters clinch along the fence. They seperate and continue to circle each other as the crowd begins to get restless. They clinch and Buentello lands a right hook that doesn’t faze Villareal. They seperate and Buentello slips from a kick but Warpath doesn’t take advantage. Buentello lands a nice flurry that stuns Warpath, they are clinched along the fence and Buentello is landing huge knees on Villareal’s face and mixes in punches. Villareal is taking lots of punishment and Herb Dean finally steps in to stop the fight.
Strikeforce U.S. Middleweight Championship
-Eugene Jackson beats Ronald Jhun with a rear naked choke, 2:01 into the first round.
Both fighters feel each other out before Jackson lands a huge flurry that drops Jhun and Jackson lands in mount. Jackson is landing strikes but Jhun is defending well, Jhun gives up his back and Jackson is able to secure the choke that forces Jhun to tap. Jackson becomes the first ever Strikeforce U.S. Middleweight Champion.
-Duane “Bang” Ludwig beats Tony “The Freak” Fryklund by TKO, 3:37 into the second round.
Both fighters come out swinging with Ludwig landing the better shots of the two fighters. They clinch along the fence with Ludwig landing knees and Fryklung landing punches. They seperate and Ludwig landing some good shots, Once again they clinch with Ludwig getting the better of the exchanges, scoring with kness. Both fighters exchanging blows with Ludwig landing the more effective shots. Ludwig has Fryklund hurt on several occasions as he mixes punches with kicks, Fryklund finally goes for a takedown but ludwig defends well and continues to look solid on his feet as this exciting round comes to an end.
Ludwig comes out swinging as Fryklund tries to throw back but isn’t landing much as Ludwig begins to open up with punches and kicks. Ludwig lands a big head kick and Fryklund just smiles and claps as Ludwig comes in swinging. He drops Fryklund and is landing some brutal ground and pound from various positions on the ground. Fryklund is taking tons of punishment but somehow manages to get back to his feet. Ludwig again drops him and this time finishes Fryklund with strikes as the referee steps in to stop the beating after an entertaining fight.
Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Southworth beats Vernon “Tiger” White by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-46)
Both fighters come out cautious with Soutworth getting a takedown along the fence. Southworth has White pinned against the fence but White turtles up as Southworth lands some light strikes to the head of White. White reverses and Southworth goes for an armbar that Whie narrowly escapes. Back on their feet, both fighters are cautious with Southworth being the busier of the two fighters with punches and lowkicks. The crowd begins to get restless as the round comes to an end.
Both fighters start out cautious as White begins to get busy with kicks. Southworth gets a takedown and once again White turtles up against the fence, Southworth works into side mount but White stands back up. White goes for a standing kimura but Southworth escapes. White is accidentally poked in the eye by Southworth and a timeout is called. They restart and both fighters exchange with White going for a spinning back kick but Southworth catches it and they clinch on the fence before Southworth gets a takedown. Southworth is working from half guard but White is able to get back into guard just as the round ends.
White is the more aggressive of the two fighters but the crowd begins to get restless, Southworth lands a good punch that hurts White and Southworth gets a takedown. White works his way back to his feet and the seperate, again both fighters just circle each other and the crowd begins to boo loudly. Both fighters are cautious and neither is landing anything solid as Southworth gets another takedown. The round ends with Southworth on top of White.
Southworth gets a takedown to start the round and lands in half guard. White works back into guard and after a lot of stalling on the ground, they are stood back up. White lands a nice right overhand punch but they continue to circle each other and the crowd boos loudly. Both fighters throw strikes but neither lands anything significant as the round end.
Both fighter are cautious as Southworth gets a takedown but White quickly gets back to his feet. Southworth gets another takedown and White turtles up once again. White gets back up after some stalling but is quicly taken down again. They are restarted on the feet and they end the fight circling each other.
-Gina Carano beats Elina Maxwell by unanimous decision (All 29-28)
Both fighters come out cautious as they begin to exchange strikes. Carrano gets a nice flurry in as Maxwell gets a takedown but is unable to keep top position as Carrano ends the round on top.
Both fighters exchanging and Maxwell gets a takedown but Carrano reverses and briefly gets mount before Maxwell gets guard. Back on their feet, both fighters trade wildly to end the round
Both fighters exchange strikes with Maxwell going for a takedown but Carrano defends well as Maxwells falls on her back for a armbar. She switchs to a triangle choke and ends up on top of Carrano with a triangle but Carrano escapes and mounts Maxwell. Carrano lands strikes from the mount up until the end of the round in an entertaining fight.
Strikeforce U.S. Lightweight Championship
-Josh “The Punk” Thomson beats Nam Phan by unanimous decision (All 30-27)
Both fighters come out aggressive as they clinch and Thomson lands some nice knees to Phan’s body. Both fighters ar clinched along the fence as they exchange kness. They seperate and Thomson lands some nice strikes before they clinch again and Phan gets a takedown. Thomson escapes and lands a push kick to Phan’s face and continues to land strikes with punches and kness to the body. Thomson gets a takedown and lands some decent shots before Phan escapes to his and they exchange reversals back and forth in a beautiful display of ground work. They end the round clinched along the fence.
Phan comes out aggressive on the feet and Thomson returns fire dropping him with a right straight. Thomson goes for a guillotine choke but Phan escapes and Thomson ends up on top and lands some good shots. Phan escapes and back on their feet us able to get Thomson’s back and they go to the ground but Thomson escapes back to his feet. Both fighters are exchanging with a frantic paces as Thomson gets the better of the exchanges with knees but Phan lands a couple of solid punches just as the round comes to a close.
Both fighters exchange with neither gaining an advantage as they clinch along the fence. They seperate and Thomson goes for a spinning back fist that misses. Thomson is really working the kicks to the body as Phan seems to be bothered by the body kicks. Thomson lands a couple of good punches as they clinch but seperate quickly. Both fighters looked to be tired but they continue to exchange strikes at a frequent pace. Thomson lands a huge body kick that drops Phan and Thomson gets a guillotine choke from the top and gets mount. He lands some brutal shots from mount and Phan does a good job of getting guard but Thomson continues to land huge bombs from Phan’s open guard as he really starts to land bombs just as the round ends.
Cung Le beats Jason Von Flue by TKO (Doctor Stoppage), :43 seconds into the first round.
Le starts out aggressive with kicks but Von Flue quickly takes it to the ground and ends up on the bottom. They are quickly seperated as Von Flue has a large cut over his eye. Le landed a kick to Von Flue’s face right before it went to the ground. The cut is too severe and the fight is stopped by the doctor.
-Cung Le def. Jason Von Flue by TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut) at 0:43 of Round 1
-Josh Thomson def. Nam Phan by unanimous decision
-Gina Carano def. Elaina Maxwell by unanimous decision
-Bobby Southworth def. Vernon “Tiger” White by unanimous decision
-Duane “Bang” Ludwig def. Tony Fryklund by TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:34 of Round 2
-Eugene Jackson def. Ron Jhun by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:01 of Round 1
-Paul Buentello def. Ruben “Warpath” Villareal by TKO (corner stoppage) at 3:56 of Round 2
-Daniel Puder def. Mike Cook by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:31 of Round 2
-Rex Richards def. Kyle Leviton by submission (keylock) at 2:02 of Round 1
-David Smith def. Sean Basset by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:36 of Round 3
-Scott Graham def. Drew Dimanlig by unanimous decision
-Anthony Figueroa def. David Barrios by unanimous decision
-Raul Castillo def. Andrew Montanez by TKO (referee stoppage) at 2:10 of Round 1