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“Strikeforce Challengers” Results

Matt Lindland broke a two-fight losing streak last night in Portland by taking out Rickson Gracie protege Kevin Casey in the third round of their headline fight.

After a slow start and a rear naked choke attempt from Casey, the fight was all Lindland. Casey lost steam and Lindland capitalized; he took the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt to the mat and forced the ref to stop the fight by unleashing some serious ground and pound against the cage. Lindland bumps his record up to 22-7 while Casey’s drops down to 3-2.

Hot prospect Tyron Woodley took home a hard-fought split decision victory over tough opponent Nathan Coy earlier that same night. Woodley looked great at the start of the fight but had a hard time keeping up in the latter half of the scrap. The judges felt that he did enough to win, however, and his record stays perfect at 7-0. Coy falls to 8-3.

Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling saw their exciting fight end early as the result of an inadvertent eye poke by Voelker. The doctor put a stop to the bout in the third round thus giving the fight judges, who scored it unanimously for Bowling. Bowling improves to 8-0 and Voelker falls to 21-8.

Tarec Saffiedine starched opponent Nate Moore with a right hand early in round 2 of their fight, pushing his record up to 9-2 and knocking Moore’s down to 6-2.

Rounding out the televised portion of the card was a bout between Pat Healy and Bryan Travers. The two lightweights battled it out for three exciting rounds and the judges scored the fight for Healy unanimously, boosting his record to 23-15. Travers’ falls to 13-2.