Strikeforce Barnett vs. Cormier Play-by-Play: Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen

May 16, 2012
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Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen

Gian Villante and Derrick Mehmen at StrikeforceRound 1: Villante moves forward and lands an overhand right.  Mehmen lands a right hand.  Villante moves in with a combination.  He lands an uppercut that knocks Mehmen down.  Villante goes in for the finish but Mehmen recovers.  Villante controlling Mehmen along the cage.  Mehmen uses the cage to work his way back to his feet.  They separate and take the center of the cage.  Mehmen using his jab.  Villante lands a right hand to the body.  Mehmen closes the distance and gets to the clinch.  They exchange knees and Villante pushes him away.  Villante lands a right hand that sends Mehmen back.  Villante moves in with punches and they clinch.  They quickly separate.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Villante.

Gian Villante and Derrick Mehmen at StrikeforceRound 2: Villante lands an outside leg kick.  Mehmen trying to establish his jab.  Mehmen tries to get the fight to the ground.  Villante shakes it off.  Mehmen moves in with a combination and quickly moves away.  Mehme lands a right hand.  Villante gets poked in the eye.  The fight is restarted.  Villante delivers a hard outside leg kick.  Mehmen presses forward with punches that miss.  He tries to tie Villante up on the inside.  Villante has none of it.  Villante lands a combination ending in a leg kick that sweeps Mehmen to the canvas.  As Mehmen got up, Villante lands an uppercut.  Villante lands two stiff jabs.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Villante.

Gian Villante and Derrick Mehmen at StrikeforceRound 3:  Mehmen trying to land his jab while Villante delivers leg kicks.  Mehmen tries to clinch and Villante lands two uppercuts.  Villante lands a three strike combination to the head and legs.  Mehmen flurries and goes after Villante.  Villante moves away and covers up.  Villante continues to land leg kicks.  Villante works the body.  Mehmen tries to clinch and eats another uppercut.  Villante lands a straight right counter.  Mehmen dives in for a takedown in the closing seconds.  He gets it but it’s too little too late.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Villante.

The judges score Villante the winner by unanimous decision.  The scorecards read: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

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