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“Strikeforce: Melendez Vs. Masvidal” Results

Welcome to’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card will air live on Showtime.

Now, on to the action! We”ll have live round-by round coverage of all preliminary and main card bouts updated every few minutes. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.


-Herman Terrado defeated Chris Brown via submission (armbar) at 4:05 of round 3.

-Eddie Mendez defeated Fernando Gonzalez via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).

-Devin Cole defeated Gabriel Salinas-Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

-Roger Bowling defeated Jerron Peoples via KO (punches) at 0:42 of round 1.

-Caros Fodor defeated Justin Wilcox via knockout (punches) at 0:13 of round 1.


KJ Noons vs. Billy Evangelista

Herb Dean will referee the night’s first main card bout, which takes place int he lightweight division.

Round 1: No glove touch to start it. Noons out immediately throwing chopping inside leg kicks. Noons shoots a strong takedown and gets Evangelista down briefly. Evangelista fights to his feet and they break. Noons working more kicks than we’ve seen from him lately. Evangelista presses him into the fence, working for a single leg and getting it. Noons gets to his feet and fights off a guillotine attempt. Evangelista presses Noons back into the fence, throwing knees. Evangelista keeping Noons on his heels, pressuring him with punches in between takedown attempts. Noons demonstrating solid takedown defense. Another inside leg kick for Noons. They trade knees, Evangelista landing well with shots inside after backing Noons up. Evangelista cracks Noons with a left hook. Noons appears to shake it off, coming back with a few good shots of his own. Leg kick for Noons, followed by a nice punch combo, the third shot of which lands. Evangelista shoots for a takedown that Noons avoids, but roughs Noons up in the clinch before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Evangelista

Round 2: Evangelista foes for the shot early and Noons shakes him off. Noons cracks Evangelista with a hard left hook and goes after him with a volley of shots, including a spinning back kick and back fist. Evangelista comes right back at Noons with a hard left hook counter on a body shot. Evangelista taunting Noons as he walks him down. Noons nails Evangelista with a straight right, but Evangelista just smiles and defends the subsequent takedown attempt. Evangelista beating Noons to the punch, landing the harder shots. Evangelista stuffs another takedown and knees Noons before moving off. Noons still showing slick head movement avoiding some straight punches. Evangelista working the leg with kicks. Noons avoids a sequence of shots beautifully and bounces off the cage with a nice, wuick knee. Noons avoids a takedown from evangelista. Noons lands a pair of straight shots. Evangelista avoids a lead uppercut to close the gap and score with a knee and some dirty boxing. Noons dives for another takedown before the bell that Evangelista avoids.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noons

Round 3: They start engaging almost immediately, both men digging in and landing shots but Noons landing more accurately. Noons lands a quick head kick that stings Evangelista. Noons attacking while as he moves away, landing well with both kicks and punches. Noons is putting his striking together even better now, keeping clear of Evangelista’s shots with expert movement and firing back withe solid counters. Noons shoots for a takedown, but Evangelista avoids and threatens with a front choke, that Noons avoids. The technique is starting to slide now from both men, Noons throwing bolo punches from his hips. Noons raises his hands as Evangelista backs away. Noons pawing his jab out, inviting a surge by Evangelista that Noons answers readily. Noons with a pinpoint left hook that Evangelista shakes off. Evangelista lands a hard elbow standing. They go after it until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noons

KJ Noons defeated Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St-Preux

Round 1: No glove touch to kick off this light heavyweight contest. St-Preux working his range early on, flicking out a pair of kicks and circling away from Mousasi. Mousasi returns with a hard right body kick. Mouasi taking his time and stalking OSP, who catches him with a good body kick. Mousasi goes on the charge with a hard, multi-punch combination. Mousasi backs OSP into the cage again and swarms him with punches. Mousasi catches a kick and promptly deposits OSP onto the mat, on his back. Mousasi swinging wild from the guard, tagging OSP with some big punches. OSP getting worked on the mat as Mousasi passes to side control. Mousasi traps OSP’s right arm briefly in a modified crucifix, but OSP defends and almost reverses the position until Mousasi muscles him back down. Mousasi slaps on a kimura and looks to have it finished, but OSP powers out of it and winds up in top position. OSP passes to mount, but he’s off-balance and Mousasi reverses him, fully applying the mounted crucifix and pounding away until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi

Round 2: OSP opens up with a head kick that Mosusasi blocks. OSP shoots hard for the takedown but Mousasi defends deftly and hits a trip on Mousasi afterward, planting him on his back against the cage. Mousasi stacking St-Preux in an attempt to pass guard; he moves to half guard, working short punches and elbows. Mousasi looking to isolate an arm, but when he can’t get it, he just settles back into punching St-Preux’s face. The ref stands them up, despite Mousasi’s consistent work rate. Mousasi with a leg kick. OSP lunges in witha hard knee that Mousasi catches and uses to briefly take St-Preux down. They scramble, with OSP hitting a switch at one point and putting Mousasi on his back, eventually moving to side control. Mousasi fights to his feet without taking any damage. They both miss on head kicks and Mousasi sprawls out of a takedown before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi

Round 3: OSP tries the lunging knee again, allowing Mousasi to gtab hold of him and turn him into the cage. Mousasi eventually trips OSP to the mat, trying to take his back as he stands up. OSP avoids and turns into Mousasi searching for the takedown. St-Preux drags Mousasi down and lands in side control again. OSP moves to full mount, holding the position even through Mousasi’s bucking to land a few punches. Mousasi doesn’t take much damage before scrambling out and to his feet. Mousasi drives OSP across the cage to drag him to the mat and take his back. OSP stands, Mousasi still on his back. Mousasi forces the scramble and winds up on top of OSP against the cage. Mousasi in half guard. OSP scrambles, briefly getting his back taken before winding up on top of Mousasi. Mousasi fights to his knees, OSP puts on a d’arce, but the bell rings before he can take it anywhere.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St-Preux

Gegard Mousasi defeated Ovince St-Preux via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka

For the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship

Luis Cobian is the third man in the cage for this women’s featherweight title fight.

Round 1: Cyborg comes out hard and drops Yamanaka immediately with a hard right hand. She briefly thinks about choking her, but lets her up and continues the swarm until Yamanaka is a heap against the cage.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeated Hiroko Yamanaka via KO (punches) at 0:16 of round 1

“I think she speaks too much. … I’m ready. … Anywhere,” says Cyborg. The champ also says that she’ll move to 135 for the fights, but would rather stay at featherweight.


Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal

For the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship

Herb Dean will be the referee for tonight’s main event, a lightweight title fight.

Round 1: No glove touch to the start the night’s main event. Melendez throwing the first punches, which Masvidal avoids. Masvidal with a leg kick. Melendez working straight punches, unable to connect with Masvidal yet. Masvidal pecking away with the jab, using his superior reach. Melendez finds Masvidal with a one-two that land hard. Masvidal trying to clown some, dropping his hands and sticking his chin out there, but it only eggs Melendez on, who comes forward and lands a combo punctuated by a leg kick. Both men engaging readily, Melendez countering well and working inside his opponent’s reach. Masvidal kicks Melendez off-balance but Melendez spins right to his feet. Masvidal puts together a pair of jabs. Melendez catches a kick and puts Masvidal down, slapping on the guillotine and muscling Masvidal around. He switches to a front head lock before letting Masvidal up and cracking him with a right hand. Melendezz tagging Masvidal up now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Melendez

Round 2: So far, Melendez has been the busier, more aggressive and more effective fighter. Let’s see if Masvidal can adjust. Melendez settling into a nice rhythm, landing the first punches of the round. Melendez catches a quick kick and tags Masvidal with a right. Melendez backs Masvidal into the cage and lands a good left. Masvidal goes high with a kick, but Melendez catches it on the shoulder and comes right back at him. Melendez backing Masvidal up with kicks and hard punches. Masvidal is getting frustrated. Masvidal with a left. Melendez backs masvidal up, landing kicks to the leg and body. Masvidal gets in some shots, but Melendez is powering forward and landing the harder punches. They’re both slugging it out, Masvidal landings some nice straight shots and Melendez landing with more power. The action slows as the round winds down, both men pacing themselves. Melendez staying the aggressor though, stifling the challenger with punches and kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Melendez

Round 3: Melendez keeps it right back up, throwing off Masvidal’s rhythm by feinting, changing levels and going from body to head. Melendez goes for the shot and is stuffed. Melendez showing very solid head movement, avoiding Masvidal’s long punches to get inside and crack him with several shots. Masvidal keeping his jab in Melendez’s face, but Melendez walking through it, Masvidal tries the flying knee again. Masvidal knocks out Melendez’s mouthpiece with a counter right. Melendez comes right back at the challenger, tagging him up with punches and kicks. Melendez is pouring it on Masvidal, who’s egging him on. Masvidal goes to the body well with a left hook. Melendez’s face looking the worse for the wear somehow, his right eye showing swelling. Melendez backing Masvidal up with hard punches still. Masvidal tries a head kick that’s blocked. Melendez comes right back, slipping several punches to land a hard right. Masvidal whiffs on a spinning back kick at the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Melendez

Round 4: Melendez picks up where he left off, pumping his jab out and walking Masvidal down. Melendez with a three-piece. Melendez is shutting Masvidal down a minute into this round, completely stifling his offense with his work-rate. Melendez sticks a one-two. Masvidal with a leg kick. Melendez keeping Masvidal very tentative this round. Melendez pins Masvidal to the fence briefly and lands a leg kick. Melendez eating some jabs, but they aren’t affecting him. Melendez swarming Masvidal, landing hard one-twos repeatedly. Masvidal increasing the swelling to Melendez’s eye with his jabs, but doing little more. Masvidal throws a knee before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Melendez

Round 5: Melendez fakes the shot and puts some punches behind it. Masvidal lands a nice body shot, which Melendez answers from the pocket. Masvidal lands a knee and Melendez comes back with a sequence of punches. Melendez putting together punches in bunches. Melendez cracks Masvidal with a right as he moves in and Masvidal answers with a stiff jab. Masvidal getting lit up by the champ’s multi-punch combos. Melendez keeping his train rolling, landing the more frequent and powerful combinations. Masvidal working kicks from the outside, but not coming after Melendez all that aggressively with a minute to go. Melendez putting his hands on Masvidal. Both men slugging it out now. Masvidal takes Melendez down briefly and Melendez pops right back to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 Melendez

Gilbert Melendez defeated Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Melendez says he had to do what he had to do, but Masvidal is a tough match up for him. Says that he knew Masvidal would be prepared for his groundwork, so he focused on his striking to beat him at his own game.