Strikeforce results: Anthony Smith chokes out Lumumba Sayers

Photo by Tracy Lee via CombatLifestyle.com.

The Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" event taking place tonight (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012) at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, featured a middleweight clash featuring Lumumba Sayers taking on Anthony Smith.

If you don't know anything about the latter, don't worry, it's because you're not really supposed to. He was brought in merely as cannon fodder for Sayers to continue his ascension back up the 185-pound ladder, or at least that seemed to be the case, all things considered.

But homie don't play like that.

Smith looked fantastic all throughout, taking Sayers' back before passing to full mount and maintaining a dominant position for much of the first round. Even when he found himself taking a hard shot and ending up on his ass, he used it to lock in a triangle choke to pick up the victory.

Impressive.

The punches were wild early but Sayers found out quickly that this wasn't going to be a cakewalk. That's because Smith turned him after a clinch and took his back before passing over to full mount.

All within the first minute of the fight.

Once Lumumba finally got back up, he managed to take Smith's back for a short time. They reset with Smith landing a solid elbow but he took a hard shot and ended up flat on his back. Sayers came down after him and it didn't take long for Smith to lock on an arm triangle choke.

Tap, tap, tap-a-roo.

Remember, too, to check out MMAmania.com's complete blow-by-blow coverage of all the Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" bouts by clicking here.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker