Strikeforce is set to pull the trigger on its historic show tonight (Aug. 15) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg" will feature a 145-pound title fight between female fighting sensation Gina "Conviction" Carano and her nemesis Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, as well as a 205-pound championship showdown between company's light heavyweight belt keeper Renato "Babalu" Sobral and number one contender, Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of "Carano vs. Cyborg," beginning with the Showtime telecast at 10:30 p.m. ET. Preliminary card fight results are in the books -- see below.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest Strikeforce results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
STRIKEFORCE: "CARANO VS. CYBORG" QUICK RESULTS:
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Gina "Conviction" Carano via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to capture the first-ever 145-pound title
Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi defeats Renato "Babalu" Sobral via knockout in round one to become Strikeforce light heavyweight champion
Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez defeats Mitsuhiro "Endless Fighter" Ishida via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Jay "The Thoroughbred" Hieron defeats Jesse Taylor via unanimous decision
Scott Lighty defeats Mike Cook via submission (verbal) in round one
Justin Wilcox defeats David Douglas via submission (rear naked choke) in round three
James Terry defeats Zac Bucia via technical knockout (head kick) in round one
Alex Trevino defeats Isaiah Hill via submission (keylock) in round one
STRIKEFORCE: "CARANO VS. CYBORG" PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Gina "Conviction" Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (For first-ever 145-pound title)
Round one: Oh boy, er, girl, it's time! Cyborg jumps in early landing several blows and the two go crashing to the canvas. Carano lands on top and goes for a knee bar. It looks tight, but Carano escapes. She now goes for the throat, but Gina gets out. Cyborg gets up and starts drilling Carano, bit Gina weathers the storm and lands in top. What a blistering pace. Cyborg just used a ton of energy. Cyborg keeps pouring it on. Gina seems fine for now. Carano lands a right, then a Superwoman punch. Cyborg is undaunted and keeps moving forward. Cyborg still landing big shots. Both girls are now tied up, jockeying for position. They fall to the canvas and Cyborg lands on top and works for an Americana, which Carano defends. She's still on the bottom. Cybord lands huge shots and Carano is not responding. The horn blares at the bell just as the referee steps in to stop the assault. It looks likes it's over, but everyone is confused. Seemed like the horn sounded before it was called off. Doesn't matter. That's it. Cyborg destroys Carano with a blistering attack and captures the first-ever female 145-pound title at the buzzer.
Final result: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Gina "Conviction" Carano via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to capture the first-ever 145-pound title
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi (205-pound limit)
Round one: Mousasi, as usual, looks disinterested at the staredown, but that's all bout to change. Both fighters open up with the same low kick that cancel each other out. Mousasi lands a nice kick to the belly and Sobral catches it and the two crash to the canvas with Mousasi on top. Mousasi starts opening up with a flurry of lightning fast right hand bombs that Sobral simply cannot defend. After several head bouncers, Sobral is out! Stiff as a board. Mousasi is the new light heavyweight champion. Wow! He went from zero to 60 in literally seconds. What an explosion from the Armenian.
Final result: Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi defeats Renato "Babalu" Sobral via knockout in round one to become Strikeforce light heavyweight champion
Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro "Endless Fighter" Ishida (155-pound limit)
Round one: The two touch gloves and jockey for position, feeling each other out. Ishida snaps a quick inside leg kick that lands to start the action. Melendez toys with a left jab that doesn't do much. Ishida shoots for a takedown, but Melendez sprawls and the two once again go toe-to-toe. Melendez lands a short right as Ishida comes in again, then stings Ishida with another right moments later. Ishida comes in again and Melendez pops him with a left hook this time. Ishida goes for a takedown and this time has a firm grip on Melendez' leg, taking him down this time after a little work against the cage. He quickly attempts to take Melendez' back and sink in a choke. Melendez stands up and goes for his own takedown, which he gets but with Ishida hanging on his neck. Melendez escapes and begins to work Ishida while pressed up against the cage. Horn blares to end round one. Good action.
Round two: Rounds begins with Melendez snapping that left jab, but not really landing anything with significance. Ishida throws a right and runs away to avoid the counter punch. He shoots in for a takedown and Melendez once again defends nicely. Melendez pushes Ishida up against the fence and starts landing knees to the inside thighs of his opponent. Ishida works his way out and the pair once again circle one another in the center of the cage. Looks like Ishida's right ear is bleeding. Melendez lands a flurry of punches and Ishida looks like he is in trouble, dropping to a knee and going for a takedown to avoid further damage. Melendez pummels the bloody ear with Ishida draped around his leg. Melendez has Ishida pinned up against the cage and is drilling him with knees to the belly. Ishida gets to his feet and Melendez tees off with body blows. Ishida looks gassed, but throws a high kick, which Melendez catches and tosses him to the canvas. That's how the second round comes to a close.
Round three: Ishida looks a refreshed to start the third round, coming out with a sense of urgency. He lands a nice right jab to the chin of Melendez. Melendez shoots now but misses. Both fighters now appear to be shadowboxing. Melendez lands a nice jab ... and another. Ishida goes for a takedown, but Melendez catches him with a hook that drops Ishida. Melendez rains down punches from the top position. Melendez drills Ishida with a big shot, but Ishida is hanging in there. Melendez now has his back, hooks in and goes for choke, but Ishida rolls to his side. Melendez now boxes the ears and the referee has seen enough! "El Nino" avenges the first loss of his career in very impressive fashion and retains his interim 155-pound title. Ishida is still laying on the canvas, bloodied and beaten.
Final result: Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez defeats Mitsuhiro "Endless Fighter" Ishida via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Mike Kyle vs. Fabricio Werdum (265-pound limit)
Round one: Here we go! Both fighters meet at the center of the cage, Kyle unleashes a big right that misses. Werdum whiffs with a head kick, but lands a teep as Kyle comes rushing in. Kyle is throwing leather and Werdum wants nothing to do with it, hitting a take down and landing in Kyle's guard. Kyle goes for an armbar from the bottom on the Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion, but misses. Werdum spins out, escapes, gets to his feet, and locks in a guillotine choke. He sits down and squeezes tighter -- that's it! Kyle taps before going down for a nap.
Final result: Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) in round one