Strikeforce Evolution is a wrap and man what a finish to the 2009 year. UFC needs to watch out for Strikeforce tonights event was a stacked card and January’s Strikeforce event looks promising as well, and with the superstar new recruits of Dan “Hendo” Henderson and Bobby Lashley Strikeforce is looking pretty good.
Tonight’s Evolution event was a powerhouse display of great MMA talent and what a show it was. Check out the card and the results below:
Scott Smith VS Cung Le
Winner: Smith by KO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:25
Gilbert Melendez VS Josh Thomson
Winner: Melendez by unanimous decision (49-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza VS Matt Linland
Winner: Souza by submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:18
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal VS Mike Whitehead
Winner: Lawal by KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:08
Antwain Britt VS Scott Lighty
Winner: Britt by TKO (cuts) – Round 1, 5:00
Justin Wilcox VS Daisuke Nakamura
Winner: Wilcox by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex Crispim VS A.J. Fonseca
Winner: Crispim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This was definitely not an event you should have missed as it was one of the top shows Strikeforce has put on with a loaded card and was full of explosive finishes. One finish in particular has to be one of the most shocking upsets of the entire year. Cung Le makes his return to the cage and he did not appear to have any ring rust at all after being gone for nearly 2 years. Le was absolutely dominating Smith with his signature kicks and elusive speed. Throughout the first two rounds Le landed over 50% of his strikes, Smith only about 20%.
Cung Le was putting on a clinic of vicious kicks to the mid section, some of which sent Smith to the ground. Enter the 3rd round Cung Le appears to be slightly gased but is still aggressive with the strikes. Smith appears to be very frustrated because he has hardly landed a single thing the entire fight. The 3rd and final round is nearing the last minute – Cung Le seems to have this fight won in dominating fashion, when out of nowhere Smith fakes a right and swings for the fences with a left hook that staggers Le, Le is in serious trouble stumbling back on his heels towards the cage where Smith fires off a few more solid punches dropping the fading Le to the ground, Smith then finishes him off with more punches and the ref is forced to stop the fight. Winner Scott “Hands of steel” Smith. What an upset that was for Cung Le, when he was dominating that entire fight. Humble till the bitter end Cung Le said he felt great throughout the fight and said that Smith was the better man this night, in the end he caught him with a punch that turned the tables on him.
“He caught me with a punch. He was the better man tonight. I did my best and he caught me, so, I did my best. I’m sorry I couldn’t get the victory for San Jose. I fought me heart out. He fought his heart out. We fought an exciting fight. Thank you for the fight, Scott Smith. I was focused. I just got caught with a punch. You win some, you lose some. I did my best.”