Conor Heun really surprised me, I figured that him taking the fight on short notice would clearly show and he’d get his fucking ass kicked quickly and violently. He didn’t though, and although he took a lot of damage, he was always in the fight. I’m sure he gained some more fans with that loss, and hopefully he’ll be given another shot, or at least bumped back down to the Challenger cards. As far as Noons, he didn’t perform the way he normally does, which is maybe why Conor survived the fight. If the KJ that fought Diaz and Yves showed up tonight, Conor would have been put away. I don’t think this win moves KJ into title contention, I’d like to see him fight a lightweight veteran, maybe Jorge Gurgel, so we can really see where he belongs in the organization.
WAR Tim Kennedy! I truly never expected him to blow through Prangley like that, complete domination over an extremely tough opponent. This clearly establishes Tim as one of the top middleweights in Strikeforce, and might even bump him into the top ten rankings, which would be a first for the American combat vet.
Cyborg Santos impressed the shit out of me, he looked excellent in his welterweight debut. I really hope to see him hit his stride, I’ve been a longtime fan and truly cherish every time I get to see a Chute Boxe fighter compete in the cage/ring. As for Zaromskis, that’s two first round stoppage losses in a row. His credibility in the US circuit is shot, and he’s not doing DREAM any favors. Sucks for him.
As for the main event, ehhhh, I thought it was pretty solid. Babalu looked better and better as the fight went on, when he got into his groove he started to remind me of the pre-UFC 62 "Babalu" that everyone loved. This was a great win for him, and seems to have granted him another chance for the title. Problem of course is that current champ "King Mo" doesn’t want to fight his "brother". The two train together, and obviously consider each other friends. I’m not going to get into the "friend vs. friend" rant, but hopefully they put it aside and fight. I’d like to see it.
Lawler didn’t really drop to far in my book with this loss, he’ll be back. Lets see a fight with "The Legend" Frank Shamrock. He’s said that he wants to get back into the cage, why not eh?
Honestly, I think that this was the best-produced Strikeforce event to date. It moved extremely fast, one fight after another, and no Shamrock and his hideous braces scaring the viewers at home. If Strikeforce keeps going this way, I see them sticking around, especially after EA releases "MMA", which I think will be a big fucking hit! Oh, props to Mauro, Quadros, and Pat Miletich. They work really fucking well together, and Pat rules. He belongs in a commentating position.