Havent messed around with one of these RTD's in awhile. Lets start off by giving StrikeForce its deserved props. Great night of fights for FREE-can't get much better than that, and actually the commentating wasn't as bad as we've come to expect. Alright lets get into it.
Noons/Gurgel proved, yet again, that Jorge is more intrigued in putting on a "fight for the fans," and forgo any intelligent game plan. Personally, I absolutely hate when fighters do this. Gurgel, Sherk (as of late), Kongo, KOS (bar Daley), and a few others that are escaping my mind, not only don't use their strengths but completely abandon them all together-even when losing. It baffles me. As far as the late/illegal knee/punch goes-I MISSED it. I was distracted making a stiff drink for myself and a lady friend (who pretended to stay intrigued in the fights until it was over and we headed out for the night), and I didnt have the DVR recording. So fill me in.
KJ will probably get Gilbert next, So maybe Diaz is being set up with Daley.
kennedy/Jacare turned out to be just as CLOSE as I and many others expected. I chuckled when Souza was walking out and it was said "This is the guy Shields was offered to fight and refused two times, before being released." I again chuckled post fight interview when Tim was billed as "Green Beret Sniper with over 200 firefights." Some are saying they thought it was boring and too slow, but I thought it was a good fight. Tim only went for 4 takedowns (3 completed) and I thought if he would have implemented his wrestling a little more, and would have cemented a win had he done so. Tough fight and tho I thought Tim would come away with the split decision upset victory, i didnt have complaints about the result. Jacare was doing a little talking during the fight but he better keep being the big fish in a small pond, because he'd get eaten up in the UFC. ALSO, I was under the impression SF was going to be holding a tournament for the MW belt-an idea I was liking. We'll probably end up seeing Miller/jacare again.
King Mo/Feijao proved exactly what I was saying after the Mo/Mousassi fight. King Mo, while full of talent, is not ready to be lumped in with the ELITE 205lbers. The division is simply so stacked and too deep for Mo, right now, to be in the top 7-8. He did show some improvements in his striking tho. Some very nice shots and was working the body fantastic. Feijao looked bigger than Mo and was throwing some bombs, but even more impressive was his TDD. Even when Mo dumped him on his head and popped back up, seemingly, immediately. Mo go a little too confident in testing out his improving standup and he ate a HUGE knee and right hook that literally flat-backed him. You can't say the dude has a weak chin tho, he took solid, hard shots and wasn't OUT. Big John stepped in at the right time, those elbows were brutal. We actually have an interesting match looming with Feijao/Babalu and Im hoping they pair up Mo/Hendo as well.
*Notable mention goes to Chadd Riggs for crushing the Bobby Lashley wagon and sending him out on a gurney to the local hospital. Sadly, Lashley/Bautista looks more plausible.
*Also, there was some hubub about Noons and Mo using pure oxygen inhalers in between rounds. is this written in the rules as illegal?