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Strikeforce 36: Mike Kyle Vs. Marcos Rogerio De Lima

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Round 1: Kyle comes out first, sticking the jab. De Lima working some good leg kicks, while Kyle fires straight punches down the pipe. De Lima is countering well, but Kyle might be landing the more effective strikes. Kyle with a leg kick of his own. De Lima starting to get eaten up by the jab now. Kyle takes another leg kick. De Lima is throwing a nice left hook-right leg kick combo that is scoring on Kyle. Kyle is keeping his chin up high, but de Lima hasn’t found it with anything of significance. Kyle backs de Lima up with some punches; on more than one occasion though, de Lima looks hurt and then seemingly recovers while firing off punches. Playing possum maybe? Either way, Kyle is dotting him up with straight punches, drawing blood with repeated jabs. scores the round 10-9 for Kyle

Round 2: De Lima working some leg kicks that are knocking Kyle off balance. Kyle settles back into throwing straight punches. De Lima keeps him honest with two hard counter hooks. De Lima is scoring with leg kicks, while Kyle continues on with one-twos. De Lima lands a nice kick to the body and then chops into Kyle left leg with another kick. Both men going back and forth, fighting a measured and technical fight. Kyle goes for the clinch and briefly gets de Lima down. It looks like de Lima gets kneed low, but Kyle takes him down before he can rest from it. Kyle works a bit of ground and pound, then stands over him at the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 for Mike Kyle

Round 3: Kyle disrupts de Lima’s initial attack with a straight punch. Kyle almost slips on the center of the mat, de Lima did the same earlier… De Lima lands two nice leg kicks and then another. De Lima lands another leg kick. Kyle’s offense is shutting down a little bit and de Lima is stalking him down, landing with leg kicks. De Lima lands a leg kick-left hand combo. Kyle drops under de Lima’s punches and plants him on the mat with a double leg. A minute and a half to go and Kyle is on top in de Lima’s guard. He passes to half guard. Kyle trying to pass, not going for much in the way of ground strikes. Kyle slips in an elbow, but de Lima keeps his posture broken and stays safe until the bell. scores the round 10-10

Mike Kyle defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima via decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)