Matt “The Law” Lindland vs. “Jacare” Souza
Referee “Big” John McCarthy got a bigger ovation than both fighters during the introductions.
Round 1: Lindland went in for the leg kicks early while Jacare went for jabs. Jacare missed a big head kick and Lindland tried to take him down, but Jacare was able to stuff it. Lindland was able to score a take down, but Jacare went for an armbar and almost secured it before Lindland was able to free himself. Jacare pinned his arm and was landing punches and Lindland tried to secure an arm triangle. Jacare then got on top of Lindland and Lindland pulled guard. Jacare got up and then threw a punch down at Lindland, which connected. Jacare cinched in an arm triangle, forcing Lindland to tap.
“Jacare” Souza defeated Matt Lindland via submission at 4:18 of Round 1.
After the bout, Jacare said Strikeforce was his new home and he thanked everyone for coming.