Strikeforce results recap: Anthony Smith vs Lumumba Sayers fight review and analysis

18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Lumuba Sayers (red shorts) fights Anthony Smith (black shorts) in their Strikeforce MMA Middleweight Bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Two up-and-coming middleweights duked it out last night (August 18, 2012) as Anthony Smith took on Lumumba Sayters on the Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman main card in San Diego, California.

Between both men, they had 32 career fights and zero decisions.

Obviously, this one was destined for a first round stoppage and both fighters delivered.

Lumumba Sayers was on an incredible roll, scoring two finishes in less than three minutes combined in his last two Strikeforce bouts, but Anthony Smith would not be denied. Smith rose to the occasion with the best performance of his entire career last night, tapping out Sayers after dominating for the majority of the first round.

So how did Smith pull it off? And what happens next to both talented young middleweights?

Follow me after the jump for our Anthony Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman post-fight review and analysis.

Early on, Smith was leading the way in terms of striking, setting the tone with an aggressive attack. After absorbing some heavy shots, Sayers had had enough and he shot in for a takedown, but this backfired in a big way.

Not only did Sayers not score the intended takedown, but he found himself on the ground being mounted by Smith. Smith is more of a submission specialist on the ground than a ground-and-pounder so he was looking for a potential armbar or rear naked choke transition but it never came. When Smith gave the slightest bit of ground, Sayers exploded free and got back to his feet.

Not finished yet, Smith latched on a standing Kimura and rolled him to the canvas. After an exchange along the fence, Smith slipped and fell to his back. Sayers aggressively dove in looking to return the favor with punches on the ground but Smith latched on a beautiful triangle choke which was so tight it almost forced an instant tap.

For Lumumba Sayers, he was far too sloppy with his offensive grappling and it backfired in a big way. He made a huge mistake initially with his first takedown, getting reversed and mounted. To top it off, he dove straight into a triangle choke when he could have tried to pass guard or worst case, simply avoid going to the ground with a superior grappler. He paid the price and his record will permanently prove that.

Potential next opponents for Sayers are Bristol Marunde, Keith Berry or Nate James.

For Anthony Smith, this was the most complete performance of his career. He was in charge during the stand-up, on the ground and even off his back. If he can continue to build off of this fight, he could actually be a fighter to keep an eye on in the Strikeforce middleweight division. He's got pretty entertaining grappling skills and they will only get better with time considering his age.

Future opponents for Smith include Derek Brunson, Robbie Lawler or perhaps Lorenz Larkin. He's definitely earned a step up in competition after that performance.

So what did you think, Maniacs?

Did Smith impress you with his excellent showcase of grappling and striking? Does he have a high ceiling or was this a one time thing?

Sound off!

For complete Strikeforce results, including blow-by-blow, fight-by-fight coverage of the entire event as well as immediate post-fight reaction click here, here and here.

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