Before Saturday night, Mike Kyle said that he was looking forward to fighting Jon Jones or Dan Henderson, after he defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
If history teaches us anything, it's that it's always dangerous to look past an opponent.
Not this time.
De Lima came into the bout with a perfect 9-0 record. He showed that he has a lot of heart and deserves to be taken seriously. That being said, Kyle's reach advantage and his use of the jab was too much for de Lima to overcome.
After a hard fought three rounds, the judges gave Kyle the unanimous decision and the victory.
It wasn't the most exciting fight of the under card, but Kyle fought a smart fight and did what he had to do to notch the "W."
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante took on newcomer Yoel Romero in a fight that people are sure to be talking about tomorrow.
For over a round, Romero danced, taunted and almost entirely refused to engage "Feijao."
In the second round, Romero finally began to throw some combinations and actually looked to have the former champion hurt at one point.
Never underestimate the heart of a champion.
After missing with a head kick attempt, Cavalcante landed a nice spinning backfist that badly staggered Romero. Cavalcante jumped all over him, causing Dan Miragliotta to call a stop to the action at 4:51 of round two. With the TKO win, Cavalcante looks to be back in the mix.
In a fight pitting a veteran top contender and phenom with a ton of potential, Evangelista Santos took on Jordan Mein in a welterweight match-up.
Santos looked to redeem himself, after a bad loss to former champion Nick Diaz. Mein came in riding some momentum and looking to make a name for himself on the big stage.
The fight started with a bevy of leg kicks from both fighters. Santos clearly held the advantage in this regard. By the end of the first round, Mein was clearly favoring his front leg. Santos was able to do more of the same in the second round.
After two rounds, Mein needed to do something drastic to win.
Mein dug deep and with his second wind, he attacked Santos with an onslaught of punches and elbows. In what was a tremendous comeback, Mein used his striking to get the TKO (strikes) win at 3:18 of round three.
With the win for Mein, his streak is now at six in a row. With the loss, it looks like it's back to the drawing board for Santos.
Amanda Nunes is currently running through challengers like a bulldozer. In her last fight, Nunes demolished Julia Budd by way of knockout in a mere 14 seconds.
Alexis Davis looked to provide more of a challenge than the last six ladies that Nunes has run through.
Her mission was successful.
Davis was able to frustrate her opponent with good clinch work and dirty boxing. Davis battered and wore out Nunes and was eventually able to get her back, late in the second round.
After hitting her opponent with a plethora of punches to the head, the referee called a stop to the action at 4:53 of round two, after the Nunes stopped intelligently defending herself. Davis won the fight by TKO (strikes).
After a win over Julie Kedzie and now Nunes, look for Davis to really make some noise in the Strikeforce women's 145 pound division.
There were fireworks in the very first fight of the night as Chris Mierzwiak squared off against Dominique Steele.
The fight was full of non-stop action, combinations, takedowns, sprawls and reversals. It was clear that these two fighters wanted to make a good first impression in their debut with the Strikeforce organization.
Steele was able to control the fight, for the most part, with takedowns and good top control. Mierzwiak just was never able to work his submission game effectively.
The judges had an easy time scoring this one, as it ended up being a unanimous decision. The nod was given to Steele, who appeared to do enough to take home the win.
Here are the complete Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov preliminary fight results:
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Mike Kyle via unanimous decision
Rafael Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) at 4:51 of round two
Jordan Mein def. Evangelista Santos via TKO (punches) at 3:18 of round three
Alexis Davis def. Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) at 4:53 of round two
Dominique Steele def. Chris Mierzwiak via unanimous decision