twitter google

Strikeforce 38: Estevan Payan Vs. Alonzo Martinez

The following is from our live coverage of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. To access our full coverage, click here.

Round 1: Martinez starting things off aggressively, both men now planting their feet and swinging away. Not exactly a striking clinic being put on by either man, but both are fighting aggressively and getting in their shots. Martinez shoots and Payan defends, attacking while defending. Payan puts together a hard three-piece; he’s starting to run away some with the striking exchanges, landing more clean and precise shots, while Martinez just ducks his head and wings away. Martinez presses Payan into the fence, but Payan defends and explodes away. Payan feeding Martinez straight shots down the pipe, followed by kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Payan

Round 2: Martinez getting beat to the punch still. He gets his mouthpiece knocked out early on by a straight right from Payan. Martinez isn’t really showing much damage from the assault, but he’s getting his head popped back by Payan’s punches. Payan fires off a knee to the body when Martinez shoots for a takedown; it lands flush, but Martinez seems to shake it off. Payan not really pushing the pace, but he’s controlling the fight clearly, stuffing Martinez’s takedowns and sticking him with flush shots repeatedly. Payan lands a nice counter right uppercut that gives Martinez pause. Payan continues to beat Martinez up until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Payan

Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. Martinez trying to pit something together, but his striking is still coming awkward and telegraphed. Payan avoids most of Martinez’s offense and fires back with hard punches. Payan isn’t fighting with great urgency, but he’s getting the better of things. Payan stuffs a takedown. Martinez desperately lunging for the takedown and Payan just shucks him off. Payan tagging away at a bleeding Martinez, popping his head back with hard jabs. Payan sprawls again and works some ground and pound as the round wanes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Payan

Estevan Payan defeated Alonzo Martinez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)