Strikeforce is set to pull the trigger on its latest Showtime fight card TONIGHT (Sat., Jan. 29, 2011) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
"Diaz vs. Cyborg" will feature a championship doubleheader with current welterweight title holder Nick Diaz defending his strap against hard-hitting Brazilian slugger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. Also putting his belt up for grabs is 185-pound kingpin Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza when he takes on the power-punching "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.
Former NFL great and budding mixed martial artist Herschel Walker returns to action against Scott Carson, while grappling legend Roger Gracie squares off against South Africa's Trevor Prangley.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Cybrorg" results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action):
STRIKEFORCE: "DIAZ VS. CYBORG" QUICK RESULTS:
Nick Diaz defeats Evangelista Santos via submission (armbar) at 4:50 of round two
Ronaldo Souza defeats Robbie Lawler via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:00 of round three
Herschel Walker defeats Scott Carson via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:13 of round one
Roger Gracie defeats Trevor Prangley via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:19 of round one
Nate Moore defeats Nate Coy via knockout (strikes) at 0:25 of round two
Germaine de Randamie defeats Stephanie Webber via knockout (knee) at 4:25 of round one
Isaiah Hill defeats Bobby Stack via submission (triangle choke) at 1:02 of round one
Ron Keslar defeats Eric Lawson via submission (armbar) at 1:57 of round one
James Terry defeats Lucas Gamaza via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:26 of round one
Jenna Castillo defeats Charlene Gellner via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:57 of round two
Anthony Dariano defeats Alan Perez via unanimous decision
Ricky Jackson defeats Niko Jackson via unanimous decision
Armin Safiari defeats Sam Bracamonte via unanimous decision
STRIKEFORCE: "DIAZ VS. CYBORG" PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
Strikeforce Weterweight Champion Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Santos (170-pound limit)
Round one: Main event time! Here we go! Diaz avoids a spinning kick and then another. Diaz is talking to Cyborg. He tries a leg kick now. Cyborg with another spinning kick attempt that misses. Now he connects with a couple hard inside leg kicks. Diaz coming forward talking and he initiates a clinch. Cyborg with his back to the cage here. Knees from Diaz. They separate and Diaz comes forward again right away looking for another clinch. Cyborg with some big punches and he continues to tee off with leg kicks. Cyborg bullying Diaz here. Diaz still coming forward with those straight punches. Another kick and then a big counter punch from the challenger. Cyborg lands twice with big right hands. Diaz getting outclassed on his feet here. Another kick from Cyborg. Another. Those are brutal. Another one almost takes Diaz's feet out from under him. Big combination from Cyborg. Diaz standing in there and he's still talking. Straight punches from Diaz and Cyborg is reeling into the fence. Into the clinch momentarily. Diaz still coming forward with punches. Cyborg eating punch after punch here. His arms are low and Diaz is connecting with everything. Cyborg looks tired. He tries desperately to land a couple of power shots, but Diaz continues to walk forward. He's a machine! The round ends with Diaz landing another stiff right hand. Great round!
Round two: Cyborg with kicks right away. Diaz coming forward still and now he eats some big counter punches from the Brazilian. More kicks from the challenger. Cyborg to the body with a big punch. Diaz's ability to withstand punishment is insane. Cyborg has landed with some huge strikes and he just keeps coming forward. Standing elbows from the challenger. Another cracking leg kick from Cyborg. More straight punches from Diaz. Diaz's legs are getting lit up with kicks, but he just keeps coming forward with straight punches. Big uppercut from Cyborg. Clinch and knee from Diaz. Momentary clinch with a knee from Cyborg. Thai clinch and knees from Cyborg. Diaz still firing with punches, but Cyborg is beating him up this round. Cyborg connects with that spinning kick now. Cyborg shoots quickly and scores a takedown. Diaz wraps him up right away and secures an armbar. Cyborg looks surprised, but he's caught. He has no choice but to tap. Just wow! What a great fight and finish. Cyborg put a beating on Nick Diaz right there like I've never seen before. Anybody else would have been snoring a long time ago. But Diaz did what he does and he took every bit of that punishment and then capitalized on the opening to finish when it presented itself. Absolutely great fight and performance from both men.
Final result: Nick Diaz defeats Evangelista Santos via submission (armbar) at 4:50 of round two
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza vs. Robbie Lawler (185-pound limit)
Round one: Jacare takes the center. Lawler circling left. A bit of a feeling out process here. Jacare shows a high kick but misses. Lawler unloads with a knee and a right hand. Souza capitalizes and gets a clinch then takedown. He immediately takes side control. Punches from Jacare from the top. This is not at all where Lawler wants to be. Jacare moves to a north-south and then takes side control on Lawler's left side. Lawler defending punches well. He's back to his feet, but Jacare is setting up the guillotine. Lawler escapes and they separate. Big exchange here. Both guys land. Lawler eats a right hand and then unloads another big knee. Lawler chasing Jacare and Jacare looks wobbly. The Brazilian falls to the mat and Lawler jumps on top of him. Jacare looks to be recovered here after eating some big shots from the challenger. Jacare with some small punches from the bottom and now the referee calls for a standup. Lawler unloads with a kick and then some more big punches. Jacare fires back and then scores with a takedown right at the bell. Great round. 10-9 Lawler.
Round two: Lawler circling left still. Jacare has the center. Lawler shows a straight kick. Now an inside leg kick. Jacare shoots. Lawler sprawls, but Jacare is still working and now he gets the takedown. The champ takes full mount quickly. Lawler gets half guard back. Punches from the top by Jacare. Jacare trying for an arm triangle. Lawler sees it coming and avoids it. Jacare gets side control, though. Now to a north-south position and then back to side control on the other side. Good punches from Jacare. Jacare looking for mount but Lawler defends it and keeps him in side control. The champ continues to work the punches. Jacare stands and rains down more punches. Back to side control for the champ. He's setting up a leg lock now, but Lawler is able to escape it. Lawler gives up his back now and Jacare has an armbar. Somehow Lawler frees his arm, but Jacare has it again. Another great escape by Lawler and he takes the top position now. The round ends there. 10-9 Jacare.
Round three: Jacare takes the middle again. He closes the distance fast and gets a Muay Thai clinch. He unloads some knees before moving in for a single leg takedown. Lawler defending against the fence and Jacare lets go. Now a double from the champ and he gets it. Lawler shakes his head in frustration. Souza to half guard. Lawler trying to get back to his feet but Jacare pulls him back down and transitions to his back. Body triangle from the champion and he's working for the choke. Lawler is in deep trouble. Jacare sinks it in and this fight is over. Big win for the Brazilian.
Final result: Ronaldo Souza defeats Robbie Lawler via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:00 of round three
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson (265-pound limit)
Round one: Walker takes the center and he's screaming at Carson. Carson swings with a right hand. Herschel counters with a combination and Carson falls to the mat. Walker pounces but Carson looks to be recovered. Carson gives up his back and Walker starts drilling him with punches. Carson gets back to his feet, but Walker suplexes him back to the floor. Carson looking for a keylock here. Herschel still has his back. Knees from Walker to the thigh. Now he unloads several punches to the side of Carson's head. Carson is turtled up and he's not doing much to defend. Punches in bunches from Herschel Walker. Now Carson gets away and gets to his back. He tries to stand but Herschel drills him with a combination of punches that sends him back to the mat. The referee wastes no time rushing in to stop the onslaught. Pure domination from the former Heisman winner.
Final result: Herschel Walker defeats Scott Carson via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:13 of round one
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley (205-pound limit)
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway with the first fight of the Showtime telecast. Gracie with a low stance. He shows a relaxed jab and leg kick. More jabs and another kick. There isn't much behind these strikes, though. Prangley tries to counter with a big right. He just misses with it. Gracie tries to close the distance, but Prangley shoves him away. Gracie with more jabs. Prangley leans in and Gracie ties him up. Clinch and knees from Gracie before Prangley gets separation. Back into the clinch for Gracie and he scores with a trip takedown. Prangley near the fence, but Gracie has very good control here with the South African's legs tied up. Gracie with some good ground strikes. He takes full mount easily with a minute and a half remaining in the opening round. Prangley tries to get back to his feet, but he gives up his back in the process. Gracie is all over him and he's working for the choke. Body triangle from Gracie and now he sinks in the choke. Prangley taps right away. Another super impressive win from Gracie. He makes it look so easy.
Final result: Roger Gracie defeats Trevor Prangley via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:19 of round one