Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Houston. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Toyota Center in Texas. The main card will air 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.
Artenas Young defeated Chad Cook via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Chad Robichaux defeated Humberto DeLeon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Reynaldo Trujillo defeated Jose Santibanez via TKO (strikes) in Round 1.
Adam Schindler defeated Keir Gooch via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1.
Vinicius Magalhaes defeated Rocky Long via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Andre Galvao defeated Jorge Patino via TKO (strikes) at 2:35 of Round 3.
Daniel Cormier defeated Jason Riley via submission (strikes) at 1:02 of Round 1.
Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Griggs
Round 1: Lashley scored a takedown right off the bat and got side control. Lashley peppered Griggs with punches and elbows on the ground. Griggs was able to get back to his feet and nailed Lashley with a big right hand, but Lashley got him back down. Griggs was able to work his way back to his feet. Lashley pressed Griggs against the cage and both fighters were eventually separated and placed back in the center of the cage. Lashley shot again and took Griggs to the mat and controlled Griggs on the mat for the remainder of the round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Lashley.
Round 2: Lashley looks exhausted at the start of the round. Lashley scored another big takedown and controlled Griggs on the ground. Lashley stayed in side control and pegged Griggs with punches to the body and head. Lashley got full mount and started landing some ground and pound. Lashley maintained his position and continued to drop punches. With a little over a minute left, the referee stood Lashley up and had the doctor check out a cut under Lashley’s left eye. The doctor gave his OK, and they were back in the center of the cage. Lashley went for another takedown and this time Griggs was able to defend and drop some heavy punches on Lashley as the round ended. The referee ruled that Lashley wasn’t able to continue and the fight was over.
Chad Griggs defeated Bobby Lashley via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2.
After the bout, Griggs noted that it was the best day of his life. He noted that he was trying to get Lashley tired and that he knew that he was hurting him. He said that only 15 people thought he had a chance and it was all his family.
KJ Noons vs. Jorge Gurgel
Round 1: Gurgel landed a big right hand to start the fight. Gurgel followed up with a nice head kick. Noons started landing some nice combinations while Gurgel landed some leg kicks. Both men traded leg kicks. Both men stayed on their feet, with Noons landing more shots. Gurgel shot and got stuffed, and followed up with a flying knee that missed. Noons landed a nice combination and a big head kick. Gurgel started wailing away, and Noons nailed Gurgel with a big left hand right after the bell that dropped Gurgel. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Noons.
Round 2: Noons nailed Gurgel with a big combination that floored Gurgel. Noons looked at the referee expecting a stoppage. When he realized that the referee hadn’t stopped the fight, Noons started punching away and hit Gurgel with an illegal knee on the ground as the referee waved him off. It’s unclear if the referee stopped the fight before the illegal knee.
KJ Noons defeated Jorge Gurgel via KO (strikes) at 0:19 of Round 2.
After the bout, Noons said that he would like another bout with Nick Diaz and said that he would like to fight Floyd Mayweather one day.
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Tim Kennedy
Round 1: Both fighters touched gloves to start. They had a brief exchange with both men connecting. Jacare landed a nice push kick. Jacare caught Kennedy with a right hand and followed it up with a flurry of punches. Kennedy landed a pair of overhand rights. Jacare landed some leg kicks and punches to the body. Kennedy nailed Jacare with a big shot and Jacare slipped, but he was back up to his feet. Kennedy landed a leg kick right before the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jacare.
Round 2: Kennedy started chasing Jacare to start the round but ate a couple of punches. Kennedy landed a nice combination. They continued to trade punches for most of the round. Jacare shot for a takedown, which was stuffed. Tough round to score as both fighters landed about an equal number of shots. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 3: Both fighters traded punches to start off the round. Kennedy pressed Jacare against the cage, but Jacare was able to spin out towards the center of the cage. Kennedy’s cut over his left eye. Kennedy scored a takedown and took Jacare to the mat. Jacare was able to get back to his feet. Both fighters continued to trade punches as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 4: Kennedy landed a leg kick to start the round. They exchanged, and Kennedy landed another leg kick. Jacare went for a takedown, but Kennedy was able to successfully defend it. Kennedy accidentally kicked Jacare low, and Jacare was given time to recover. There was some confusion with the clock, giving both fighters even a longer break. The fight was restarted and Kennedy went for a takedown, which was stuffed. They stayed standing as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 5: Kennedy landed a big shot to start the round. Jacare landed a nice jab. They stayed standing. Kennedy shot but Jacare moved out of the way and pegged Kennedy with a shot. They continued to trade punches with neither fighter coming out with a clear advantage. Jacare finally got on Kennedy’s back, but Kennedy was able to move out. Jacare landed some big shots and Kennedy scored a big takedown to end the round. Really close fight, I can see it called either way. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jacare.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeated Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision (49-46,48-47,48-47) to win the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
After the fight Jacare gave Kennedy his props, and was happy to win the belt.
Kennedy noted after the fight that it was a frustrating fight. Kennedy said that he’s not sure how the decision went to Jacare but that he would be back.
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (c) vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
Round 1: Feijao came out swinging, but Mo was able to duck them and answer with some punches of his own. Mo went for a takedown, but Feijao was able to defend. Mo was finally able to land a big slam, but Feijao was able to get quickly back to his feet. Mo pressed Feijao against the cage and was able to land a couple of knees to the legs before Feijao spinned out and went back to the center of the cage. Feijao landed an uppercut and was able to stuff a takedown attempt. Feijao landed a big right and a pair of knees. Feijao landed a big leg kick as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Feijao.
Round 2: Feijao landed a leg kick to start the round. Mo came in and landed a few punches. Feijao landed a kick but Mo was able to use that moment to score a takedown. Mo landed several strikes before Feijao got back to his feet. Mo landed several body shots. Mo stayed busy, landing more body shots and punches. Mo went for another takedown, but Feijao was able to defend as the round came to a close. Clear round for the champion. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mo.
Round 3: Feijao landed some bombs early that hurt Mo. Mo and Feijao exchanged and Feijao floored Mo with a big knee to the head followed by a big punch and followed up with a series of punches. Mo was holding on to Feijao who kept landing elbows until the referee stopped the fight.
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via KO (strikes) at 1:14 of Round 3 to win the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.
After the fight Feijao thanked his team and said the victory was about them. Feijao thanked the crowd and god for his victory.
After the fight Mo said he was going to come back stronger and make some adjustments. When asked what adjustments he was going to make, Mo said that he wasn’t going to reveal that and that was between him and his coaches.