Strikeforce held another edition of its event this Saturday night (9), in San Jose, California. With two Brazilians in action, the show was not good for the Brazilian athletes. André Galvao e Gesias Cavalcante ended up being overcome by Josh thomson e Tyron woodley, respectively. In the main fight of the night, Nick Diaz successfully defended the welterweight belt and defeated KJ Noons in the unanimous decision of the judges.
Diaz beats Noons and defends belt
Nick Diaz and KJ Noons fought a fight full of provocations and very balanced during the five rounds. Diaz started the duel better, hitting KJ with good boxing shots, which made the challenger bend his knee and be taken to the ground. Recovered, Noons got up and the fight returned to striking. In the second round, KJ controlled the actions. With better distance, the challenger landed more blows on the champion who already had a cut on his nose. In the third and fourth round, it was Nick's turn to land the best blows and start the provocations, letting his guard down several times. KJ didn't let it go and also opened his arms. In the last round, knowing that he was at a disadvantage in terms of points, Noons went on the attack and again landed good blows in the French exchange, but it was too late. In the end, victory Nick Diaz in the unanimous decision of the judges.
Thomson beats Gesias
In a very busy fight, Gesias Cavalcante and Josh thomson they had the best fight of the event. At the beginning of the first round, the Brazilian started better in his striking and, still standing, landed a fair guillotine choke, but the North American managed to escape and in the final moments he even punished “JZ” with punches from his guard and almost ended the duel with a katagatame . In the second round, it was Thomson's turn to take the fight to the ground, work on ground and pound and seek the submission. In the last and decisive round, the Tupiniquim athlete came back better, managed the takedown, mounted and worked with good punches from above. In the end, the decision was in the hands of the side judges who scored 30×27, 29×28 and 29×28 for Josh thomson.
Coenen finishes Kaufman
In the fight valid for the women's belt under 61 kilos, Marloes Coenen showed that among women, only jiu-jitsu saves, reinforcing the traditional slang among practitioners of the gentle art. After being taken down a few times by Sarah Kaufman, the challenger secured a beautiful armbar in the third round and became the new holder of the women's welterweight division belt.
André Galvão is knocked out
The first Brazilian to enter the Octagon, André Galvão was trying to score his third victory in Strikeforce. However, the undefeated Tyron woodley He showed right at the beginning of the fight that he wasn't kidding. Just a few seconds into the fight, the North American worked his boxing blows very well against the Brazilian, who tried to defend himself by attacking his legs, but Woodley defended himself and ended the punishment with ground and pound, with a technical knockout being declared.
Check out the other results of the event
- Nick Diaz defeated KJ Noons via unanimous decision;
- Josh thomson derrotou Gesias Cavalcante in the unanimous decision of the judges;
– Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen;
- Tyron woodley derrotou André Galvao by technical knockout in R1;
– James Terry defeated Bret Bergmark by unanimous decision of the judges;
– Josh McDonald defeated Ron Keslar via unanimous decision by the judges;
– Jess Bouscal submitted Luis Mendoza with a katagatami in R2