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Remember: Our play-by-play coverage of the welterweight showdown between Joe Riggs and Jay Hieron, which will air live on EASports.com, will begin at t 9:05 p.m. ET.
Strikeforce: "Miami" features a main event between Nick Diaz and the recently acquired Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight championship title. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will put her 145-pound title on the line for the first time ever against Marloes Coenen in the co main event of the night.
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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 QUICK RESULTS
Nick Diaz defeats Marius Zaromskis via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to become the Strikeforce welterweight champion
Strikeforce 145-pound Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Marloes Coenen via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Herschel Walker defeats Greg Nagy via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Robbie Lawler defeats Melvin Manhoef via knockout (strikes) in round one
Bobby Lashley defeats Wes Sims via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Jay Hieron defeats Joe Riggs via unanimous decision
Pablo Alfonso defeats Marcos da Matta via submission (armbar) in round one
Hayder Hassan defeats Ryan Keenan via knockout in round two
John Kelly defeats Sabah Homasi via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Michael Byrnes vs. David Zitnik
David Gomez defeats Craig Oxley via unanimous decision
Joe Ray defeats John Clarke via technical knockout in round one
STRIKEFORCE PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
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Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for vacant welterweight (170-pound) title
Round one: Finally, our main event of the evening for the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight title. Let's hope it doesn't go to the scorecards -- Diaz likely will want to finish this early to avoid controversy. Mean staredown to start things off. Both come out aggressive, exchanging punches. It's a flurry. Now it finally slows down as Diaz presses Zaromskis up against the cage. hard to see who get the better/worse of the action. Diaz still works Zaromskis up against the cage with knees to the inside of the Lithuanian's thighs. Diaz finally gets it to the ground but Zaromskis is up just as fast. Daiz connects with a nice left and Zaromskis responds with a shot that puts Diaz down. He tries to finsih but Diaz covers up nicely. Back to their feet. Diaz still moving forward and eats a shot to the left ear. Now Zaromskis has him pressed up against the cage. Diaz with a shot to the body then a right hook. Then a left. He's mixing it up tremendously. Diaz blocks a high kick. Diaz lands a big bodyblow and works hom over up against the cage. Zaromskis is hurt. Diaz finishes him up with a big punch. Zaromskis falls to the floor and Diaz just gives him one for good measure before the referee stops the action. Great back-and-forth fight.
Final result: Nick Diaz defeats Marius Zaromskis via technical knockout (strikes) in round one to become the Strikeforce welterweight champion
Strikeforce 145-pound Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Marloes Coenen
Round one: Round one: Coenen fires a huge front kick. Cyborg quickly gets it to the clinch. Coenen fires a knee and a huge right that narrowly misses. Cyborg gets the takedown. She jumps out of guard and lands a powerful shot. Now working from side guard. Coenen gets it back to closed. Cyborg stands up. Coenen won't join her. The ref stands em up. Cyborg is letting her hands go. Mixing in nice kicks as well. Coenen lands a nice left. Now they're working in the clinch against the cage. They separate and Coenen lands a big elbow. Round ends on the feet. Close round. Slight edge to Cyborg 10-9.
Round two: Cyborg quickly tosses Coenen to the ground. Just physically over powering her. Now working on the ground. Ref stands them up. Cyborg lands a nice left. Coenen goes for a takedown, Cyborg stuffs it and gets a takedown of her own. Cyborg stands back up, kicking Coenen who is just lying down. Cyborg jumps back into her guard. Lands more shots from the top. Round ends there. Much more dominate round for Cyborg. 10-9
Round three: Coenen drives Cyborg to the fence to open the round. In the clinch, Cyborg makes some space, lands a punch and gets Coenen to the mat. Cyborg looks fresh. She's controlling the action now. Cyborg landing huge right hands from Coenen's guard. Cyborg stands up, lands a kick and slips giving Coenen time to get up. Coenen connects with a right hand. Cyborg doesn't flinch. Wow. They're back on the ground. Cyborg is landing huge shots. Standing over Coenen just lowering the boom. Fight is stopped. TKO for Cyborg. She really picked it up after the first round. She. Is. Scary.
Final result: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Marloes Coenen via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Greg Nagy vs. Herschel Walker (215-pound limit)
Round one: Herschel comes out in fantastic shape, landing a stiff left jab to start things off. Follows with a low kick. Nagy has some weird moves that make the crowd laugh. He goes for a takedown, but Walker sprawls and fends hom off. Walker angles for a kimura, but lets it go to start nailing Nagy in full guard with several unanswered blows. Nagy is still pinned under the former Heisman Trophy winner in a very odd position. He's starting to create some separation and actually rolls for a leg lock, which Walker quickly escapes. Walker now in side control then moves to north-south position. Back to side control. Crowd wants elbows. He pins Nagy's arm and punches him frequently while in a headlock. That's how the round ends.
Round two: Round two starts with Nagy charging in with his head down. Walker answers with a slam that gets the crowd going. Walker gets his back and flattens him out. Doesn't go for the rear naked, but manges to get full mount when Nagy rolls to his back. Walker is high and can't land too much. Nagy manages to get to his knees. He has Nagy in a headlock and drills him with a knee ... just like the crowd asked for. Nagy now tries again for the takedown, but Walker winds up on his back. Now it looks like he's going for the choke. He let's it go to box the ears a bit. Walker is trying to land strikes from full mount, but Nagy is doing a good job of covering up. That's how the round ends.
Round three: Nagy comes out with a wild right, which Walker is able to avoid. He then proceeds to take Nagy down once again. Looks like Nagy tries for an armbar from the bottom, but Walker defends. Walker once again in full mount. Flattens out Nagy, who isn't defending. He isn't doing anything, actually. Referee has no choice but to stop it early.
Final result: Herschel Walker defeats Greg Nagy via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Round one: Alright, Maniacs. Here comes a total slugfest. This could get ugly. And it can't happen soon enough. Manhoef comes down the ramp charged up. This is gonna be sick. Here we go! Manhoef stalks Lawler, but nothing thrown yet. Manhoef misses with a kick. And another. Lawler throws a high kick, which is partially blocked. Manhoef lands a hard kick to the belly. Now a low kick. He starts to unload a flurry of punches, but Lawler gets out of the corner as fast as possible. Manhoef snaps off a devastating few kicks, backs Lawler into a corner and starts to pours it on. Lawler is limping horribly. He's hurt. Manhoef is now going berserk. Lawler is in deep trouble -- he goes in for the kill. But wait! Lawler lands a miraculous overhand right out of seemingly nowhere that hurts Manhoef. Lawler lands another on the way down. HE'S OUT! Manhoef is still sleeping. Lawler just landed a Hail Mary. He still can't even walk. He was getting his ass beat bad before that punch. Wow. Knockout of the year so far. Easily.
Final result: Robbie Lawler defeats Melvin Manhoef via knockout (strikes) in round one
Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims (265-pound limit)
Round one: Here we go! First fight of the televised Showtime card. Hometown favorite, Bobby Lashley, gets a tremendous ovation from the fans. Sims towers over Lashley at the staredown, but "The Dominator" is a ball of muscle. Sims comes out taunting from the get-go with his arms in the air. Lashley connects with a nice left and immediately goes for a takedown, which he gets. He's beating him up a little from the top position. Sims squirms and tries to throw up the legs, looking for a triangle. Lashley gets him under control and works from the full guard, landing about 10 unanswered blows. Big ones. Sims has no other choice but to roll to his belly to avoid the abuse. Lashely continues to box the ears and the referee steps in to call a halt to the bout. It was all Lashley from start to brutal finish.
Final result: Bobby Lashley defeats Wes Sims via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Round two: Riggs and Heiron come out tentative, feeling each other out,. Riggs goes for a takedown, but Heiron eventually reverses and works some ground and pound from inside "Diesel's" guard. He lands a big left. Riggs is covering up nicely. He eventually works his way to his feet just as the round comes to a close. Heiron controlled much of the action on the ground, but it was far from a thrilling three minutes.
Round three: Both fighters pawing, looking for an angle. Riggs drills Heiron and he's wobbly. He immediately goes for a takedown to avoid damage and Riggs just misses with a big knee that could have been a game changer. Heiron manages to get on top of Riggs and is clearly getting using the time to get his wits back. He's doing nothing. Just hugging -- no punches. Riggs can't do anything because he's on his back pinned against the fence. Finally the referee stands them up. No Heiron lands a big left that drops Riggs. Crowd goes nuts. Heiron back again on top. Riggs works furiously to get out fro underneath. Once again not much action from Heiron on top. Riggs appears to be looking for a kimura , but he lets it go. Referee stands them up as the final seconds tick down. Both fighters, bloodied and beaten, share a hug inside the middle of the cage before heading back to their corners to await the official decision.
Final result: Jay Heiron defeats Joe Riggs via unanimous decision