- STRIKEFORCE AT THE DOME LIVE RESULTS

February 23, 2008
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by MMAWeekly LIVE
MMAWeekly brings you live play-by-play and results from tonight’s Strikeforce at the Dome in Tacoma, Wash., where Bob Sapp takes on Jan Nortje in the main event.

The first bout is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST, with HDNet broadcasting live coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST/10:30 p.m. EST.

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PLAY-BY-PLAY:

-Bob Sapp vs. Jan Nortje

R1 Review:

Sapp comes out and immediately clinches Nortje. Nortje pushes off. Sapp clinches again as Nortje works a couple of knees. Nortje lands three or four right jabs from the south paw stand and drops Sapp with a left hook. The fight is stopped. Nortje defeats Bob Sapp by TKO.

Jan Nortje def. Bob Sapp by TKO at :55, R1

-Joe Riggs vs. Cory Devela

R1 Review:

Riggs throws a straight left that didn’t land. Devela throws a body kick and Riggs answers with a punch. They clinch against the cage. Devela works for a takedown but Riggs defends. Devela throws Riggs to the mat hard. Riggs immediately taps after getting punched. Riggs seems to have hurt his back. Riggs leaves the cage on a stretcher.

Cory Devela def. Joe Riggs by submission at 1:22, R1

-Maurice Smith vs. Rick Roufus

RD 1 Review:

The round starts with each fighters feeling each other out. Smith shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Smith passes to half guard and moves to mount position. Smith tries to secure a Kimura. Roufus taps out.

Maurice Smite def. Rick Roufus by submission (Kimura) at 1:53, R1

-Steve Berger vs. Eddy Ellis

RD 1 Review:

Eilis connects with two counter jabs and a leg kick as Berger flurries with punches. Ellis ducks under Berger’s punches and takes him down with a body lock. Berger gets back to his feet. Ellis connecting with outside leg kicks, then a side kick. Berger charges in with punches, and Ellis lands counters and the two lock up against the cage. Ellis lands a good knee to the body in the clinch. They break off and resume trading. Ellis connects with a big straight right then two shots to the body. Berger is circling back now. Ellis lands another big side kick. Berger charges in again and gets a takedown, landing in Ellis’ guard. Ellis gets back up and Berger works for the takedown to the bell.

RD. 2 Review:

Steve Berger gets takedown and works from Ellis’ guard. Berger connects with right hands to the body and head. As Ellis attempts to stand up, Berger lands some big right hands, but Ellis drives forward and gets his own takedown. As Berger stands, Ellis nearly locks in an Anaconda Choke, but loses it. The ref restarts the action. The two trade before Ellis takes Berger down. Ellis can’t capitalize and the two are restarted on their feet, where Ellis promptly takes Berger down again. Ellis attempting to work ground and pound, Berger locks an oma plata and gets to Ellis’ back, landing a few punches at the bell.

RD 3 Review:

The two trade unsuccessfully, but a scramble to the ground lands Ellis at Berger’s back, where Ellis works for the rear naked choke. Ellis has a body triangle locked. Berger is defending well, keeping his chin down and controlling Ellis’ hands.

Eddy Ellis def. Steve Berger at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

-Jorge Masvidal vs. Ryan Healy

RD 1 Review:

Healy catches a Masvidal kick but can’t take him down. Healy catches Masvidal with a flying knee and then a punch, but Masvidal recovers get up and takes him down with a double leg. Healy scrambles back to his feet. Healy flurries with punches and takes Masvidal down, but can’t keep him there. Action stalls against the cage. Masvidal lands a hooks knee combo, then takes Healy down and lands a flurry of punches against the cage as Healy fights for survival. Healy manages to duck under when Masvidal overextends and takes him down, but Masvidal reverses and lands in Healy’s guard. Masvidal lands a short flurry from guard, but mostly just controls the position. Masvidal begins to let his hands go a little bit more until the ref stands them up. Masvidal lands another body kick but almost gets caught again with Healy’s counter right.

RD. 2 Review:

Masvidal connects with right hand, the misses in a second exchange. Masvidal takes Healy down and lands in guard. Masvidal passes to side guard but doesn’t do much there. Healy postures up but can’t get to his feet. The ref stands them up. Healy charges in with punches, but Masvidal returns fire with a punch to the solar plexus and a hook. Healy takes Masvidal down and lands in a triangle before Masvidal transitions to an armbar. Healy somehow squeezes out of it, and Masvidal scrambles back to Healy’s guard.

RD 3 Review:

Healy charges in with punches and a flying knee before taking Masvidal down. Masvidal gets right back up and secures his own takedown, working from Healy’s half guard. Healy is cut over the bridge of his nose, a cut that was healing prior to the fight. Ref stops the action, then restarts it with Masvidal in Healy’s guard. Masvidal works on Healy’s cut, pushes him to the cage. They’re restarted on their feet. Healy connects with a few glancing blows before Masvidal takes him down. Ref stands them up again, Healy catches a knee to the chin, the two clinch against the cage. Masvidal gets a takedown and lands punches from the top. Healy tries to roll away to no avail. Masvidal passes to side guard, Healy attempts to get up. Masvidal lands a few short punches to end the round.

Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Healy at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

-Mychal Clark vs. Josh Bennett

RD 1 Review:

Clark paws out with jabs to no avail, but then lands a right land and a leg kick that takes Bennett off his feet for briefly. Bennett gets back to his feet and the two dirty box against the cage. Bennett works punches to the body while Clark works a knee. Clark breaks off and shots for a takedown. Clark catches a few knees to the head in the clinch, but comes back with some brilliant uppercut hook combos that stun Bennett. They break off, then resume their dirty boxing. Clinched against the cage, Bennett lands some shots against the cage, but Clark bobs and weaves away. Clark lands a Superman punch, then a big front kick. Clark punches while moving backwards away from the charging Bennett. Just at the moment Bennett seems knocked out, he returns fire with knees from the clinch and punches. Clark rolls for a kneebar and ends up on the bottom fending off Bennett’s punches. Clark kicks Bennett off and lands a flurry of uppercuts and knees to Bennett’s head.

RD 2 Review

Bennett’s left eye is cut. The two swing wildly, with Bennett getting the slight advantage. Clinched against the cage, Bennett lands another knee to Clar’s head before Clark gets away. The two stand toe to toe and brawl, trading jabs and uppercuts Toughman style. Exhausted, the two clinch and fire uppercuts at each other. Bennett is a mess. Bennett gets a double leg takedown and works from half guard, briefly working for a keylock. Bennet manages to mount briefly, but Clark gets him back to half guard. Clark reverses and gets side mount, working punches to the body until the bell.

RD 3 Review:

Between rounds, the referee rules Bennett unable to continue due to the cut on his left eye.

Mychal Clark def. Josh Bennett at 5:00 of Rd. 2 by TKO (Doctor Stoppage Due to Cut)

-Ray Perales vs. Lyle Beerbohm

RD 1 Review:

Beerbohm lands inside, then outside leg kick, then quickly lands a double leg. Working from half guard, he’s not doing a whole lot of damage at first, but lands some good punches as he stands over Perales. Beerbohm lunges back into guard and lands punches and hammerfists while working to mount. Perales keeps him in half guard, so Beerbohm continues to work his left hand from the position. Beerbohm gets side mount, then mounts Perales in the final seconds of the round, failing to land any big punches before the bell.

RD 2 Review:

It isn’t long before Beerbohm charges across the ring and takes Perales down. Perales gets back to his feet briefly, but can’t stop Beerbohm from getting a huge double leg slam. Beerbohm quickly gets mount and lands some punches as Perales tries to tie him up. Perales is virtually helpless as Beerbohm continues to posture up and land shots until the bell.

RD 3 Review:

Beerbohm lands two left high kicks, then a left outside leg kick before charging in for a takedown. Beerbohm gets the single leg, then works from Perales’ half guard. As Perales tries to roll to escape, Beerbohm locks in a fight ending Guillotine. Dominant performance from “Fancy Pants.”

Lyle Beerbohm def. Ray Perales at 1:19 of Rd. 3 by Submission (Guillotine Choke)

-Matt Kovacs vs. Mike Hayes

RD 1

They trade punches while circling, Hayes getting the slight advantage with leg kicks. Kovacs returns fire with a body kick, then lands a couple of punches. Hayes gets caught up in a kick and taken down by Kovacs, who works from half guard. Hayes reverses and gets to his feet, landing a few punches for good measure as he gets up. The two clinch in the middle of the ring and Kovacs muscles him against the cage. Hayes breaks off with a Muy Thai clinch. Kovacs fires back with punches, but his head is down and Hayes avoids most of them. Hayes playing a smart counter punching game, keeping Kovacs at bay with left jabs. Hayes lands a big right hand that causes Kovacs to get a body lock and take Hayes down. Kovacs grounds and pounds ineffectively until the bell.

RD 2 Review:

Hayes storms in with punches, but nothing lands. Hayes lands big outside leg kick. Hayes is clearly inching ahead in the standup game. Kovacs once again muscles him to the cage, the two trade knees to the body. Hayes breaks off the clinch and catches a big right hand. The two jockey for position against the cage. Hayes breaks off and stuns Kovacs with a series of hooks. Kovacs goes for the takedown, but Hayes reverses on the way down and takes mount. Kovacs rolls to his knees and Hayes takes side mount, throwing knees to the body. Hayes slams Kovacs to the mat from side mount, then punches away with rabbit punches by trapping Kovacs left arm with his legs. Kovacs trapped in the position, Hayes punches away to the bell.

RD 3 Review:

Hayes goes for a Superman punch to no avail. Hayes landing his left jab at will. Kovacs looks very tired. Kovacs swings for the fences and misses every time, Hayes responds by throwing a few knees from the Muy Thai clinch that miss. Kovacs muscles him to the edge of the cage and lands another big right hand off the clinch that opens Hayes’ nose like a spigot. Hayes breaks off, tags Kovacs with a right hand as they trade, then more punches as Kovacs charges in. Kovacs comes back with his own flurry of punches. The two are virtually gassed. Hayes continues to flurry away with punches, but can’t put Kovacs away before clinching. Kovacs lands a knee to Hayes’ groin, stopping the action. After the restart, Hayes lands more punches as Kovacs rushes in for a takedown. Hayes responds with a guillotine, but their sweat makes it impossible to finish. Kovacs ends in Hayes’ guard.

Mike Hayes def. Matt Kovacs at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

-Scott Shaffer vs. Zach Skinner

RD 1 Review:

The two fighters circle each other and Schaffer connects with a big left hook as Skinner comes in. Skinner gets a takedown, but falls into a guillotine, and spends the next 30 seconds wrestling his way free of the choke. Skinner picks Shaffer up against the cage, carries him across the ring, and slams him to the cage’s other side. Skinner very inactive from top position until taking mount against Schaffer, Skinners high mount allows Shaffer to escape out the back door, standing up, but Skinner once again wrestles him to the ground. Skinner locks in a crucifix and then works from side mount. Again, Skinner not doing much other than controlling Shaffer. Skinner easiily gets mount again and lands a few god shots. Schaffer escapes and the two scramble for position on the ground. Skinner comes out at Shaffer’s back and works fo a rear naked choke. Skinner re-takes mount and lands more punches to end the round.

RD 2 Review:

Schaffer connets with inside leg kick. Then fights to keep skinner from taking him down with a flurry of punches, as Skinner backs away Shcaffer lands a big right head kick. Once again, Skinner rushes in for the takedown and catches a knee on the way in. Sknner works for a single leg, and as the two engage, Skinner catches a big kick to the head and a knee. Skinner is dazed, and eventually goes to his back where Shaffer kicks at his legs. Skinner is stood up. Shaffer dancing around, launches a big right hook that lands. Shafer lands another left high kick to Skinners head, Skinner rushes in for a takedown. Shaffer reverses and almost gets caught in an armbar. Shaffer slams out of it and peppers Skinner with ppunches before getting back to his feet. Skinner has his hands on his knees, dazed and out of the fight. Skinner dives for a takedown and gets it.

RD 3 Review:

Skinner immediately goes for a takedown, clawing at Shaffer’s feet, legs, and torso. Shaffer can’t get off with punches before being taken down. Action stalls. Skinner works from side mount and works for a kimura, but can’t get it. Skinner takes mount and Shaffer bucks him back to guard. Skinner takes mount again, passes easily to side mount, but Shaffer escapes. Skinner is bleeding. Shaffer lands a stinging leg kick, but gets taken down again. Skinner works his way to Shaffer’s back, but simply holds position until the bell.

Zach Skinner def. Scott Shaffer at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

-Dave Courchaine vs. Nathan Coy

RD 1 Review:

They trade punches and immediately, Courchaine catches an inside leg kick to the groin. After the ref restarts the action, Coy lands a nice straight right and clinches Courchaine against the cage before disengaging. Courchaine lands a nice straight right and drives Coy back to the edge of the cage. Lights go out in the arena, fight is stopped. After a short intermission, the fight is started with the emergency lights. Coy lands a nice body punch, overhand right combo that drops Courchaine face forward onto the mat, prompting an immediate stoppage.

Nathan Coy def. Dave Courchaine at 1:46 of Rd. 1 by KO.

QUICK RESULTS:

Nathan Coy def. Dave Courchaine at 1:46 of Rd. 1 by KO.
Zach Skinner def. Scott Shaffer at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Hayes def. Matt Kovacs at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lyle Beerbohm def. Ray Perales at 1:19 of Rd. 3 by Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Mychal Clark def. Josh Bennett at 5:00 of Rd. 2 by TKO (Doctor Stoppage Due to Cut)
Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Healy at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eddy Ellis def. Steve Berger at 5:00 of Rd. 3 by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Maurice Smith def. Rick Roufus by submission (Kimura) 1:53, R1
-Cory Devela def. Joe Riggs by submission at 1:22, R1
-Jan Nortje def. Bob Sapp by TKO at :55, R1

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