A big night of action as the first Strikeforce card of 2011 kicks off with two belts on the line. Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz looks to defend his belt from the heavy handed Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Also Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza puts his belt on the line against Robbie Lawler in the middleweight division.
- Welterweight Championship bout: Nick Diaz (c) vs. Evangelista Santos
Nick Diaz defeats Evangelista Santos via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:50
Neither touch gloves, and Cyborg throws a spinning back kick and follows with two low kicks. Third lands. Fourth and fifth land and Diaz comes forward and ties up against the cage. Diaz lands a stiff jab on Cyborg. Cyborg lands over and over the inside kicks. Diaz gets backed up by a right. Diaz comes forward landing three jabs. Both men throwing haymakers with neither flinching. Diaz’s knee is starting to give. Diaz is getting tagged by haymakers and comes forward. Diaz stumbles Cyborg and tags now from the legs. Cyborg now very gassed coming slowly. Diaz continues forward tagging and Cyborg survives.
Cyborg lands a high kick and some inside leg kicks. Cyborg comes out winning in an exchange of hooks. Diaz may be trying to let Cyborg punch himself out. Cyborg lands elbow inside and Diaz tries to return but misses. Cyborg lands more inside kicks. Cyborg misses the muay thai clinch. Both men still tossing without regard and landing about 50% of the time now. Diaz switches to southpaw. Cyborg lands a knee. Both men finally backup and Diaz mocks Cyborg and pays with inside leg kicks. Diaz is starting to out land Cyborg and Cyborg lands an odd spinning low leg kick and chains to a takedown and the advanced Nick Diaz finishes with an armbar.
- Middleweight Championship bout: Ronaldo Souza (c) vs. Robbie Lawler
Ronaldo Souza defeats Robbie Lawler via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 2:00
The two touch gloves. Lawler throws a few faints and surprisingly circles Souzas strong hand. Souza misses with high kick. Lawler throws a flying knee and misses but follows with jab. Souza uses position to take Lawler down. Souza is now in side control, attacks arm with a keylock but Lawler recognizes. Jacare goes for head and arm as Lawler losens up. Lawler lands a flying knee and rushes in as Souza wobbles. Lawler knocks Souza down but oddly follows Souza into guard giving him a chance to recover. Lawler is now stuck in guard unable to posture. McCarthy stands the two for the last 15 seconds and Lawler takes advantage but unable to finish. Caged Insider gives Robbie Lawler the round 10-9.
Souza dodges a straight kick and shoots and dumps Lawler against the fence. Souza gets full mount but Lawler quickly moves to half-guard. Souza lands some shots from the top. Souza almost catches an arm triangle but Lawler slips out. Jacare moves to North – South and then to side control. Jacare continues landing straights from the top. Jacare attempts to move to mount and Lawler moves back to half guard. Souza works back to side control. Jacare continues his ground and pound. Souza attempts a knee bar and switches to armbar and Lawler gets out. Another chained armbar and Lawler gets out again! Caged Insider gives Jacare the round 10-9
Lawler backs up as Souza comes forward with muay thai clinch. Souza moves to single leg and Lawler sprawls. Second attempt Souza gets takedown into half guard. Souza takes Lawlers back with figure four. Souza defeats Lawler with Rear naked choke!
- Heavyweight bout: Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson
Herschel defeats Scott Carson via TKO – Round 1, 3:13
Carson and Walker come out quickly before the announcer finishes the introduction oddly. Carson lands a head kick and Walker returns with a haymaker that drops Carson. Walker shows much improved grappling, keeping Walker down with top control. Walker lands some knees and from back control. Carson turtles. Carson after sometime rolls and Walker finishes with some viscous ground and pound.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley
Roger Gracie defeats Trevor Prangley via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:19
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- Welterweight bout: Nate Moore vs. Nathan Coy
Nate Moore defeats Nathan Coy via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:25
- Lightweight bout: Bobby Stack vs. Isaiah Hill
Isaiah Hill defeats Bobby Stack via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:02
- Catchweight (180 lbs) bout: Eric Lawson vs. Ron Keslar
- Women’s (135 lbs) bout: Germaine de Randamie vs. Stephanie Webber
Germaine de Randamie defeats Stephanie Webber via KO (knee) – Round 1, 4:25
- Welterweight bout: James Terry vs. Lucas Gamaza
James Terry defeats Lucas Gamaza via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:26
- Women’s (120 lbs) bout: Jenna Castillo vs. Charlene Gellner
Jenna Castillo defeats Charlene Gellner via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:57
- Catchweight (150 lbs) amateur bout: Anthony Dariano vs. Alan Perez
Anthony Dariano defeats Alan Perez via unanimous decision
- Catchweight (165 lbs) amateur bout: Ricky Jackson vs. Niko Jackson
Ricky Jackson defeats Niko Jackson via unanimous decision
- Welterweight amateur bout: Sam Bracamonte vs. Armin Safiari
Armin Safiari defeats Sam Bracamonte via unanimous decision