Strikeforce Barnett vs. Kharitonov Play-by-Play: Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. Jordan Mein

September 9, 2011
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Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. Jordan Mein (welterweight)

Round 1: Cyborg opens with a few leg kicks, but is taking his time, measuring Mein, who appears to have the reach advantage over Cyborg. Mein is locked and loaded, looking for an opportunity to unleash the right hand, but Cyborg is keeping him at bay with low kicks. Cyborg kicks out Mein’s right leg, sending him briefly to one knee, but Mein is quickly back up evading Cyborg’s follow-up punches. Cyborg lands a couple good punches just before the end of the round. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Cyborg

Round 2: Mein comes out kicking, but so does Cyborg, headhunting this time, but just-missing. Cyborg goes right back to chopping away Mein’s legs, who is switching stances trying to minimize the damage to any one leg. Mein finally gets some of his punches going, using his reach. Solid leg kick from Mein, but misses the head kick. Mein uses some good movement to avoid Cyborg’s kicks and unloads with a flurry of punches. Mein appears to be finding his range. Good cut kick from Mein. Cyborg is starting to use more head movement to avoid some of Mein’s punches, forcing him to adjust. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Mein

Round 3: Mein comes out firing punches, being much more aggressive than he’s been to this point. Mein starts landing the punches, rocking Cyborg, who covers up. Mein lands a hard shot to the body then opens up with a brutal onslaught of elbows that busts Cyborg open, putting him down and out. Brutal last 30 seconds of the fight, a clinic of Muay Thai elbows from Mein to finish the fight.

Jordan Mein def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos by TKO (Strikes) at 3:18, R3 

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