Strikeforce Barnett vs. Kharitonov Play-by-Play: Mike Kyle vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

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Mike Kyle vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (light heavyweight)

Round 1: Kyle comes out, trying to establish his jab, but de Lima fires back with a heavy shot. Kyle keeps stalking, however, searching for an opening. Kyle looks much quicker than de Lima, but de Lina is using angles well early on, avoiding Kyle’s punches and countering with kicks to the legs and body. Kyle gets his pnches working well about midway through the round, lands a jab and follows with a straight right that rocks de Lima, who looks hurt. Kyle keeps pressing with punches, de Lima keeps backing away, wobbly. Kyle is remaining patient, however, possibly wary of a game of possum from de Lima. Kyle is connecting frequently though as the round winds down. scores round one 10-9 for Kyle.

Round 2: Kyle starts pressing early, but eats some leg kicks from de Lima. Kyle settles in and gets his jab going again, and he starts circling more. But again de Lima is connecting with a strong low kick. The pace slows a bit mid-round. Listening to his corner, Kyle shoots and takes de Lima down. They’re quickly back to their feet, but Kyle tosses him back to the mat. Kyle is standing and kicking de Lima’s legs as the round closes. scores round two 10-9 for Kyle.

Round 3: Kyle starts up with the jab again, this time with a little more zip on it, while de Lima continues to counter with the leg kicks, but Kyle appears comfortably in the lead. He continues to fire off the jab, occasionally following with a straight right, but not really looking like he’s trying hard for the finish. Kyle scores another takedown, this time landing in half guard, methodically grounding and pounding de Lima, grinding it out until the final bell. scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Kyle.

Mike Kyle def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), R3

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