Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Los Angeles. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calfifornia. You can catch the main card live on Showtime.
Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Hugo Sandoval defeated Marcus Kowal via TKO (strikes) at 0:43 of Round 2.
Jeremy Umphries defeated R.J. Clifford via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 2.
Conor Heun vs. KJ Noons
Round 1: Heun comes out swinging, but misses his first shots thrown. Heun missed with a right, and Noons managed to slip in a jab. Heun grazed Noons with a high kick. Heun continued to stay busy, landing jabs and low kicks. Heun hit Noons with a body shot. Noons was able to land a couple of punches. Heun managed to secure a takedown and got the back of Noons and secured a triangle body lock while attempting a rear naked choke. Heun landed punches on top of Noons and got full mount. Noons was scrambled, but Heun was able to control him and managed to sync the hooks in on Noons’ back but Noons was able to get out and get back to his feet. Noons dropped Heun with a big shot right as the buzzer sounded. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Heun.
Round 2: Heun went for a high kick but Noons caught him and knocked Heun to the canvas. Noons allowed Heun to get back to his feet. Both fighters traded punches and stayed standing. Both men continued to trade blows, with Heun mixing up his assault more by throwing in some knees and high kicks. Noons connected with a hard left that fazed Heun but was unable to effectively capitalize. Both fighters started swinging for the fences and spent the rest of the round trading leather before Heun took Noons down right before the buzzer went off. Heun was busier, but Noons did more damage. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Noons.
Round 3: Heun came out swinging and both fighters traded punches again. Noons hit Heun with a knee, and pegged Heun with a couple of hard punches. Noons landed a nice three punch combination and they continued to trade blows. Heun went for the shoot, but Noons just stepped out of the way. Heun went for another takedown, but Noons just stepped away again. Heun landed a couple of punches and threw another high kick, blocked by Noons. They continued to brawl, and Noons stuffed another takedown attempt. Heun tried a couple more takedown attempts, and was stuffed each time. They kept swinging, and Noons landed a big left and a knee and they clinched against the cage as the round came to an end. Great brawl to start off the show. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Noons.
KJ Noons defeated Conor Heun via split decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Prangley
Round 1: Kennedy pressed Prangley up against the cage and tried to score a takedown, but Prangley managed to land a hip toss and take Kennedy down, but Kennedy got quickly back to his feet. Prangley tied Kennedy up while Kennedy tried to get his leg. They got back to their feet and Kennedy pressed Prangley against the cage and landed a nice right hook. Prangley took Kennedy down again, but Kennedy was able to scramble back to his feet and took down Prangley. Kennedy got side control and then got full mount. Kennedy landed some punches and managed to get Prangley’s back when Prangley tried to escape. Kennedy landed in the rear naked choke while Prangley was almost to his feet and Prangley tapped.
Tim Kennedy defeated Trevor Prangley via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:35 of Round 1.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
Round 1: Zaromskis attempted a leg kick early that missed. Zaromskis and Cyborg had a flurry at the beginning. They had another flurry and Cyborg rocked Zaromskis, and and landed a couple of more punches. Cyborg continue to be the aggressor and landed a couple more punches. Zaromskis went for a head kick and Cyborg counted with a low kick of his own. Cyborg hit Zaromskis with a high kick and followed up with several punches. Zaromskis came in with a flying knee but Cyborg knocked him out with a huge left and followed up with some punches on the ground before the referee waved him off.
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos defeated Marius Zaromskis via KO at 2:38 of Round 1.
Robbie Lawler vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Round 1: Babalu landed a low kick early and went for a takedown, but Lawler was able to successfully defend it. Babalu pressed Lawler against the cage. Babalu landed a couple of knees but didn’t do much else, and both men were separated. Lawler came out aggressive and hit a flying knee, but Babalu pressed Lawler against the cage again. Lawler was able to break free and both men ended up back in the center of the cage. Babalu shot and got a takedown and went for a guillotine, but Lawler was able to shake it off and get back to his feet. Lawler went for another kick but Babalu caught him and took Lawler to the ground. Lawler back to his feet. Babalu landed another low kick. Babalu pressed Lawler against the cage again, but Lawler was able to break free. They had a quick exchange as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Babalu.
Round 2: Lawler turned up the pace early and pegged Babalu with a few shots. Babalu went for a takedown and grabbed a leg of Lawler’s, but Lawler landed a couple of punches to get his leg free. Lawler continued to push the pace and tag Babalu. Babalu nailed Lawler with a kick and Lawler played possum, but Babalu saw through it. Babalu hit a high kick that grazed Lawler, but Babalu hit the canvas and got quickly back up to his feet. Babalu landed several more kicks and went for another takedown and managed to land a couple of knees. Lawler pegged Babalu with a jab, and Babalu managed to peg Lawler with a jab of his own. They traded right hands and Babalu landed a knee. The crowd started chaning for Babalu and they circled each other as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Babalu.
Round 3: Babalu continued to land his leg kicks. Babalu went for a takedown but let it go when Lawler started landing some punches. Lawler landed a hard left hand uppercut. Lawler blocked a spinning backfist. Lawler hit a high leg kick. Babalu hit a body kick and a body shot. Lawler landed a nice combination and started chasing down Babalu. Lawler started to stalk Babalu, but Babalu was able to stay away from Lawler. Lawler landed a few punches as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeated Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (29-28 across the board).
After the bout, Babalu said Robbie Lawler was one of the toughest fighters that he’d ever fought. He credited Lawler for going up in weight to fight him at a catchweight.
With the victory, Babalu now finds him as the top contender for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title held by his friend, “King Mo” Muhammad Lawal. When asked if he would like to face King Mo for the title, Babalu pretty much said “No,” and said he would like a rematch with Dan Henderson from their fight 11 years ago when Hendo defeated Babalu.