Strikeforce Challengers: 'Villasenor vs Cyborg' scheduled for June 19 from the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wa., has come to a close.
In a night that promised fireworks in its main event, it was actually former UFC lightweight scrapper Jorge Gurgel who provided all the snap, crackle and pop in his three round war of attrition against gamer Conor Huen.
The former The Ultimate Figher (TUF) 2 contestant -- widely criticized for abandoning his jiu-jitsu game in favor of mediocre striking, didn't hear any complaints from the crowd at the ShoWare Center as he and "Hurricane" threw leather for the entire fight.
It was enough to get Gurgel the win and bring the crowd to its feet.
And while they were on their feet for Gurgel vs. Huen, they were likely on their phones for Villasenor vs. Cyborg.
After so much heat and a hands-on weigh in, most fans expected a fast paced and violent opening round. Instead they got a whole lot of nothing, save for a last minute takedown by "Smokin" Joe to steal the first.
There was more of the same in round two and unfortunately things didn't heat up until the final frame. By then it was too little, too late. Villasenor did just enough to squeak out the victory.
In other action, female powerhouse Sarah Kaufman rolled over Shayna Baszler on the judges scorecards and Army stud Tim Kennedy dishonorably discharged Nick Thompson from the win column.
Here are the Strikeforce Challengers complete results:
Joey Villasenor def. Evangelista Cyborg via split decision
Tim Kennedy def. Nick Thompson via submission (strikes) 2:37 R2
Jorge Gurgel def. Conor Heun via unanimous decision
Sarah Kaufman def. Shayna Baszler via unanimous decision
Luke Rockhold def. Corey Devela via submission (rear-naked choke) 0:30 R1
Dennis Hallman def. Justin Davis via (submission) rear naked choke 0:20 R1
Brian Caraway def. Alex Zuniga via unanimous decision
Lyle Beerbohm def. Duane Ludwig via submission (schoolyard choke) 4:27 R1
Landon Showalter def. George Stork via unanimous decision
Len Bentley def. Marques Daniels via unanimous decision
Steve Hadsel def. Taylor Roberts via knockout (punches) 0:17 R1
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