by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
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Strikeforce held its third show of the year, headlined by UFC legend David “Tank” Abbott taking on former UFC heavyweight contender Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello. In what was a short affair, Buentello came out victorious over the UFC legend after landing a huge right hook that was the beginning of the end for Tank.
Both fighters came out swinging, but Buentello effectively mixed in knees and kicks with his punches. Tank continued to press on, but was landing less than Buentello, who was the quicker of the two fighters. The end came quick as Buentello landed a huge right hook that dropped Tank to the mat and Buentello followed him down, finishing the fight with strikes only forty three seconds into the first round. After his win, Buentello said he looked forward to fighting again on the next Strikeforce card in December.
In the most anticipated fight by fans, Josh “The Punk” Thomson returned to form with an impressive performance over Duane “Bang” Ludwig. It was obvious that Thomson wanted the fight on the ground as he took Ludwig down from the start. Ludwig was able to get back to his feet and, surprisingly, nearly finished Thomson at the end of the first round with a rear naked choke. But Thomson somehow managed to escape and ride the round out.
The second round saw Thomson imposing his will on Bang by slamming him, but Bang was able to get to guard. After some stalling, Thomson unloaded some vicious ground and pound and then went on to secure a guillotine choke, forcing Ludwig to tap out 4:36 into the second round.
It was announced shortly after the fight that Josh Thomson would challenge Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez at the next Strikeforce show in San Jose on December 8.
Trevor “South African Hammer” Prangley made his return to the cage after a six-month layoff following back-to-back losses in the UFC. He took on tough local fighter Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz, who was originally scheduled to face Bobby Southworth. Due to injury, Prangley took Southworth’s place in the light heavyweight bout.
Both fighters started the fight clinched along the fence and neither had a distinct advantage until Prangley landed a couple of knees to Ruiz’s body. He then took Ruiz down. Prangley quickly moved to mount and went for an armbar that Ruiz narrowly escaped. Back on their feet, Prangley got another takedown and took Ruiz’s back before transitioning to another armbar. Although Ruiz didn’t tap from the submission hold, it was clear that the arm was in danger and the referee stopped the fight 4:42 seconds into the first round.
Ultimate Fighter 2 alumni Jason Von Flue returned to his winning ways as he took on tough undefeated prospect Eric Wray. Wray got an early takedown, but Von Flue was able to get back up to his feet. Wray again took him down and was able to get Von Flue’s back this time, but Von Flue reversed back into guard.
In the second round, Von Flue took over as he began to pick Wray apart on the feet and then took him to the ground. Once there, he worked for a side choke that ended the fight at 2:22 of the second round.
In other results, local wrestling star Casey Olson finished his much less experienced opponent Bobby Sanchez with a guillotine choke, 1:58 into the first round.
In a short and exciting fight, Philip Perez was able to submit Brandon Shuey with a triangle choke, 1:28 into the first round.
Mike Cook was able to outlast Carlton Jones in a sloppy heavyweight affair. Jones tapped out from exhaustion at 2:03 of the second round.
Cung Le-trained Sam Spengler stopped local fighter Frank Magallon with strikes at 2:36 into the first round.
AKA heavyweight Cain Velasquez made an impressive MMA debut, dismantling Jesse Fujarczky with strikes at 1:58 into the first round.
Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt Luke Stewart collected another win after submitting Jeremiah Metcalf with a rear naked choke at 2:25 of the first round.