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Cody Floyd defeated Thomas Campbell via KO (strikes) in Round 3.
Dustin Ortiz defeated Justin Pennington via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:27 of Round 1.
Zach Underwood defeated Hunter Worsham via unanimous decision.
Cale Yarbrough defeated Josh Schockman via TKO (strikes) in Round 2.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller defeated Tim Stout via TKO (strikes) at 3:09 of Round 1.
Andrew Uhrich defeated Dustin West via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:36 of Round 1.
Ovince St. Preaux defeated Chris Hawk via TKO (strikes) at 0:47 of Round 1.
Gegard Mousasi (c) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Round 1: Mo tagged Mousasi with a couple of punches early. Mo came on aggressive, and delivered a takedown but caught several punches from Mousasi while securing the takedown. Mousasi attempted a triangle, but Mo was able to get out and maintain control on the top. Mo got side control, but eventually gave it up and stood up. Mo landed some punches from the top. Mousasi was able to get back to his feet and landed several knees that stunned Mo. Mousasi turned up the heat and landed several punches before Mo scored a takedown. Mousasi got back to his feet as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mo.
Round 2: Mo is visible tired. Mo got a takedown but took some shots in order to get it. Mo spent most of the round on the ground on top, but Mousasi did more damage with strikes from the ground. With a minute left, Mo scored another single leg. Mousasi went for an armbar, but Mo was able to get out. Mousasi was able to scramble and get to his feet. He took Mo’s back standing, but didn’t have enough time to lock it in as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi.
Round 3: Mousasi got the better of the standup early in the round. Mo looks spent, but he’s continuing to throw punches at Mousasi. Mousasi peppered Mo with punches before Mo took Mousasi down again. Mo has Mousasi tied against the cage and is landing some shots on Mousasi. Mo spent the rest of the round controlling Mousasi and dropping punches. Good round for Mo. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mo.
Round 4: Mo tagged Mousasi with a left hook and took Mousasi down. Mo continued to control Mousasi, although Mousasi was able to land a nice upkick. They were eventually stood up with a little over two minutes left in the round. Mo attempted another takedown and was able to secure it. Mo got side control and landed a couple of knees to Mousasi. Mousasi landed some strikes from the bottom. Mo stood up as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mo.
Round 5: Mousasi really needs to finish Mo this round or we will have a new champion. Mo has been very impressive so far. Mo scored a giant double leg takedown early. and continued to land punches from the top. Mousasi nailed Mo with an illegal upkick and referee John McCarthy paused the fight. Mousasi was deducted a point for the illegal kick. The fight resumed where it left off and Mo continued to dominate on top. Mousasi landed some strikes from the bottom, but Mo maintained control. Mousasi got back to his feet, but Mo took his back and Mousasi escaped. Mousasi started swinging away, and Mo scored another takedown with a minute left. Mousasi was able to get back to his feet and pressed forward, but Mo was able to avoid his punches and score another takedown as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Mo, for a final tally of 49-45 for Mo.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defeated Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision to become the NEW Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion (all scores of 49-45).
Gilbert Melendez (c) vs. Shinya Aoki
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Round 1: Melendez landed some body shots early. Melendez kept chasing Aoki around the cage, and Aoki accidentally caught him with a finger in the right eye, pausing the action. The fight resumed, and Melendez went for a takedown, but Aoki took Melendez’s arm and tried to secure an armbar. Melendez slipped out and both fighters got back to their feet. Melendez took the fight back to the ground and pressed Aoki against the cage and landed some hard punches before Aoki made it back to his feet. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 2: Melendez tags Aoki with a couple of jabs early on. Aoki tries to take the fight to the ground, but Melendez is able to land on top. Aoki tries to work on Melendez’s wrists, and Melendez breaks free and gets to his feet. Melendez presses Aoki against the cage and lands some shots before getting back to the center of the cage. Melendez lands a couple of more shots while Aoki lands a knee to the body. Aoki shoots and Melendez once again is able to get on top and deliver more punches. Melendez continues to drop punches on Aoki as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 3: Slow round with Melendez chasing Aoki, who is circling the cage. Melendez jumps into guard, but isn’t able to do much and both men are eventually stood back to their feet. Aoki tries to shoot again, but falls to the mat and Melendez follows him, but again isn’t able to do much damage. Both fighters are stood up once again. Melendez is able to press Aoki against the cage and land some punches as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 4: More of the same, as Melendez stuffs another takedown attempt from Aoki. Aoki shoots again, and Melendez lands on top. Both fighters end up back on their feet and Melendez tries to throw punches, but they don’t connect. Aoki tries to shoot again, but is stuffed. Melendez jumps on Aoki with a punch, and the referee calls for a standup. Melendez thought he won, but the bout is restarted. Melendez thwarts another takedown attempt and lands some leg kicks as the round ends. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 5: Aoki starts the round circling away from Melendez. Aoki goes to shoot but is met with a finger in the eye and the fight is paused. The fight is quickly resumed. Aoki tries to pull guard and ties up Melendez, but isn’t able to do much. Melendez is able to land some punches and then stands up and waves Aoki up. Aoki goes back to circling the cage. Melendez throws some punches that don’t connect. Melendez catches an illegal kick to the head and the fight is paused and then restarted. Melendez throws punches as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez, for a final tally of 50-45 for Melendez.
Gilbert Melendez defeated Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision (all scores of 50-45).
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1: Henderson rocked Shields with a big right hand early that knocked Shields down, but Shields was able to recover. Henderson tagged Shields with another right, then another that knocked Shields to the ground. Henderson jumps on him with more punches while Shields is trying to grab Henderson’s leg. Both men get back to their feet and Henderson starts wailing away on Shields, and Shields trips to the mat. Shields gets up, but Hendo takes him back to the mat. Shields gets back to his feet and both fighters clench against the cage. The referee eventually restarts the fight and Shields is able to take Henderson down. Hendo gets quick back to his feet and drops some knees to Shields’ body. Both men trade punches as the round ends. Dominant round for Hendo, almost a 10-8. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 2: Shields shoots early, and Henderson lands on top. Henderson tries to take Shields’ back, but Shields is able to get out of it and get into top position. Shields moves into mount, and lands some punches. Shields moves to half guard, and then back to mount, dropping more punches on Henderson. Shields goes for a triangle, but then gives it up and drops more punches. The referee almost looks like he’s going to stop it but Shields stays relentless on top of Hendo and continues to drop punches as the round ends. Great comeback for Shields. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 3: Shields shoots early, but Henderson grabs Shields in a headlock. Both men return to their feet and trade punches. Shields shoots again and is able to take Henderson down. Shields is able to move into full guard. Shields goes for the mount, but Henderson is able to defend and Shields lands some short punches. Shields continues to dominate Henderson on the ground with ground and pound. Shields went for an armbar, but couldn’t secure it as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 4: Henderson goes for an overhand right that lands on Shields’ shoulder. Shields shoots, but Hendo is able to get back to his feet. Shields shoots again and Hendo defends before eventually being taken down. Shields passes guard and gets side control, and eventually is able to get mounth. Shields went for a kimura before giving it up and landing punches. He went for a kimura again but then proceeds to land more punches. Shields keeps throwing punches as the round comes to a close. Another good round for Shields and we might be looking at our third upset in a row. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 5: Shields shoots early and Henderson is able to avoid it, but is taken down when Shields shoots again. Shields is able to mount Henderson again and delivered punches from the top. Shields starts working for a kimura, but gives it up and lands more punches. He then goes for an arm-triangle, but gives it up and gets mount again. Shields manages to land more punches as the round ends. choke. Shields gives it up. Henderson nearly reverses the position, but Shields reclaims mount and delivers a few more punches before the round ends. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Jake Shields defeated Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-5).