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Welcome to our live coverage of Strikeforce for the final time. We open up action in the middleweight division with Roger Gracie (5-1) taking on Anthony Smith (17-7). The referee will be John McCarthy.
Round 1: Gracie sporting his Blackhouse MMA shirt, as he now trains there. Smith throwing some huge lefts, mixing in shots with movement as he tries to avoid any takedown attempt by Gracie. Strong kicks by Smith to the lead leg of Gracie. Gracie denied a takedown attempt, as Smith used the cage to keep himself upright. Pair of nice jabs by Smith connect. Smith throws a straight kick, and connects again with a left. Gracie catches Smith with an accidental eye poke. Smith really battering that lead leg with some nice, quick kicks. Under 30 seconds to go in this round and Smith lands with a high kick.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith
Round 2: Gracie looking a little more relaxed this round, moving better and going on the attack against Smith. It appears Smith is having issues with his vision, covering his right eye. Gracie swarms in and goes for a takedown, but is denied. Gracie keeps working it and scores the double-leg takedown with over three minutes to go. Gracie posturing up, lands a pair of nice shots and moves to side control. Gracie now moves to the mount with two minutes to go. Big elbow lands to the eye by Gracie, as he starts to work in a side choke and Smith is forced to tap.
Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 2