MMAWeekly is on location from the Scottrade Center for tonight’s Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” in St. Louis, bringing you live results and round-by-round play-by-play.
No. 2 ranked middleweight fighter Robbie Lawler squares off in a 182-pound catchweight bout against No. 4 ranked welterweight Jake Shields in the main event. The supporting cast is strong as well with Nick Diaz and Scott Smith in another catchweight bout, this one at 180 pounds, and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski facing top Strikeforce contender Brett Rogers.
The first preliminary bout is scheduled to being at 7:45pm ET/4:45pm PT, and the main card, which airs on Showtime, begins at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT.
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Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields
R1 – They start off trading blows, but Shields quickly shoots for the takedown. Lawler defends well and they start to scramble on their feet. Clinched against the fence, they trade knees and Lawler throws body shots. They separate and Shields tries to find a rhythm by testing things with his jab and a few sparing kicks. Shields charges, Lawler leaves his head out and Shields secures a guillotine choke while standing and Lawler quickly drops to his knees and taps out.
Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:02, R1
Andrei Arlovski vs. Brett Rogers
R1 – Arlovski throws a low kick and just like that, Rogers rocks Arlovski with a left hook then follows with a three-hook combination that drops him to the floor for the knockout.
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski by KO (Punches) at 0:22, R1
Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith
R1 – They start trading blows right away, but end up in a clinch, Diaz with his back on the fence. Smith lands a right hand as they separate. Diaz starts teeing off on Smith, picking at him with his hand speed and timing. About 2 minutes in and Diaz stuns Smith a punch combination. Diaz keeps going and rocks Smith again. They clinch with Smith against the fence, Diaz peppering him. Diaz taunts Smith, but Smith lands a strong straight right that snaps Diaz’ head back. They clinch again. Smith gets to Diaz’ back in a standing clinch and takes Diaz down, but they pop right back up and trade a couple heavy shots. Smith lands a hard right inside leg kick. Smith flurries as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Diaz
R2 – Diaz opens with a flurry. Smith clinches him briefly, they separate, and then Smith clinches Diaz from behind and then throws a hard right that rocks Diaz a bit. But Diaz recovers and starts and onslaught of punches. Smith fires back, but his shots are coming one at a time, while Diaz is relentless. Smith gets close and tries to land the elbow, but misses; Diaz continues his non-stop punch attack, wobbling Smith. Smith clinching, but Diaz landing short body shots and knees. They separate and the pace slows a bit, but Diaz is still landing many more shots than Smith. Diaz finishes the round working body and head, Smith gets dropped to the canvas eating shots as he tries to shoot.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Diaz.
R3 – A frenetic pace from both fighters to start the round, and then they clinch, Diaz’ back to the fence. Referee John McCarthy separates them and they start slugging again. Again Diaz is getting the advantage with his flurry of punches. They get near a clinch and slump to the mat, Diaz taking Smith’s back. He locks on the rear naked choke and Smith taps out.
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:41, R3
Phil Baroni vs. Joe Riggs
R1 – After a quick dance, they clinch and Riggs scores the takedown, and quickly moves around and takes Baroni’s back. Baroni is able to turn and gain butterfly guard, but Riggs is landing heavy punches. Riggs then moves to side control, takes the back, and then gets caught in Baroni’s half guard. Baroni gets back to his feet, but repeatedly gets put back on the ground, finally landing in Riggs’ guard where he starts his own ground and pound attack. They are stood up by referee John McCarthy due toinactivity. Riggs immediately leaps in with a punch and then takes Baroni down, but Baroni transitions to Riggs’ back and lands a few punches before the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Riggs.
R2 – Riggs starts off kicking, both high and low, but not landing ay real damage. Riggs lands the left superman punch, then shoots in and takes Baroni to the mat, but Baroni gets back to his feet and then takes Riggs down, starting to ground and pound from guard. Riggs works his way up to the feet and then lands knees and a good punch combination that hurts Baroni. Riggs sprawls out on Baroni’s takedown, but follows with a huge knee and right hand, then drives in with another knee that lands, but Baroni drops down and starts to work for the takedown. Riggs separates and they start trading again. But again, Baroni shoots and eventually gets the takedown, ground and pounding from Riggs’ guard. Riggs locks on the triangle choke, but Baroni slips back enough that Riggs gives it up. Baroni starts ground and pound again from guard.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Riggs.
R3 – Riggs lands a knee as they close the distance, separates and lands a flying knee followed by a head kick. Riggs lands a right-left punch combination, then another knee and several more punches. Baroni has no answer. Riggs land a straight left, then a left leg kick. Left kick to the body by Riggs. Baroni backpedaling, Riggs landing nearly everything in his arsenal, another knee and a head kick. Riggs is now using Baroni for target practice, but Baroni isn’t going down, eating knees, punches, kicks, everything thrown at him, but he’s not firing back. Riggs scores takedown to end the fight.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Riggs, the fight 30-26 for Riggs.
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Randleman vs. Mike Whitehead
R1 – Whitehead starts things off with several inside leg kicks. Randleman scores a takedown, but Whitehead works back up to his feet. They clinch and Whitehead gets Randleman to ground, but Randleman escapes and they’re back to their feet. Whitehead scores another takedown, but Randleman reverses and gets up. Whitehead again scores the takedown and starts pounding to the ribs from half guard. Randleman again reverses and gets back to the feet where Whitehead starts leg kicks and Randleman tries to punch. Whitehead moves in and scores and uppercut that snaps Randleman’s head. He clinches and takes Randleman down again and the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Whitehead.
R2 – Whitehead lands a hard right cross then shoots and trips Randleman to the mat, landing in half guard. He passes to side control, punching to the body and rubbing the forearm across the face. Whitehead lays a forearm across Randleman’s neck and leans his weight into it then moves to full mount, but Randleman somehow escapes and they’re back on their feet. Randleman lands an uppercut. Whitehead punching in slow motion now, both fighters looking gassed as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Whitehead.
R3 – Randleman swinging for the fences, but Whitehead lands a hard right. Randleman pushing forward, both are throwing, but not landing much. Randleman then throws a straight left hand that drops Whitehead, he follows him down and tries to do more damage, but Whitehead gets back up and they take center cage. They clinch with Whitehead’s back against the cage. They separate and start throwing punches, but Whitehead shoots the double-leg and gets it, immediately starting to work from half guard, looking for the wristlock. Randleman escapes and gets back to his feet. Again at center cage, Whitehead lands right hook. Randleman lands a stiff jab and they finish out the round standing.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Randleman, the fight 29-28 for Whitehead.
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jesse Finney vs. Josh Baumgartner
R1 – Finney starts off with leg kicks and gets the takedown, landing in side control. Nice ground-n-pound from side control. Finney secures the Kimura for the finish.
Jesse Finney def. Josh Bumgarner by Submission (Kimura) at 1:55, R1
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle
R1 – The fighters exchange, lots of feeling out. Feijao is the better looking of the two through the opening round, but neither fighter commits to much or does any real damage.
R2 – Feijao scores the first takedown. Kyle gets back to his feet. A nice exchange by both. Feijao gets rocked. Kyle follows him down and finishes him off with strikes.
Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante by TKO (Strikes) at 4:05, R2
Booker DeRousse vs. James Wade
R1 – Technical Difficulties (loss of internet)
Booker Derousse def. James Wade TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 4:06, R1
Tyron Woodley vs. Salvoder Woods
R1 – Woodley lands a left hook, gets a takedown, and lands in side control. He stands up and Woods follows. After a few exchanges, Woodley gets a second takedown. Woods is on bottom, pop-shotting up at Woodley, who scoots him to the cage. Woodley sits up and throws punches. He passes Woods’ guard and laces him up in an Anaconda choke.
Tyron Woodley def. Salvoder Woods by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 4:20, R1
-Scott Ventimiglia vs. Lucas Lopes
R1 – Nice exchanges. Ventimiglia gets takedown. He has good ground and pound from side control. Ventimiglia works for a Kimura, but doesn’t get it. He stands up and then fires off a knee to the head of Lopes, who is still down, causing a stop to the bout.
Scott Ventimiglia DQ’d (Illegal Knee) at 3:26, R1
-Pat Benson vs. Dave Cochran
R1 – Slow start. Benson gets the takedown. Cochran creates a scramble and gets to his feet. Cochran then gets a takedown of his own, but Benson secures the armbar for the win.
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran by Submission (Armbar) at 2:18, R1
STRIKEFORCE MAIN CARD (on Showtime)
-Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:02, R1
-Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski by KO (Punches) at 0:22, R1
-Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:41, R3
-Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
STRIKEFORCE PRELIMINARY CARD
-Jesse Finney def. Josh Baumgartner by Submission (Kimura) at 1:55, R1
-Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante by TKO (Strikes) at 4:05, R2
-Booker DeRousse def. James Wade by TKO at 4:06, R1
-Tyron Woodley def. Sal Woods by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 4:20, R1
-Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia by DQ (Illegal Knee) at 3:26, R1
-Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran by Submission (Armbar) at 2:18, R1