Strikeforce is officially underway at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, CA. The card will be headlined by an electric Lightweight title bout between Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez taking on top contender Josh Thomson. Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth will also be defending his title against Anthony Ruiz. The main bouts will be airing only on HDnet. If you are unable to watch the fights, no worries because 5thRound.com will be posting the results LIVE as they happen.
Last minute fill in Drew Fickett was pulled from his fight against Luke Stewart due to his contractual agreement with Maximum Fighting Championship. Fickett was scheduled to take on Ryan Ford for the title on July 25th. In the original agreement, Fickett agreed to a 5 week no compete clause, which Fickett was not aware of when he initially accepted the fight yesterday. Strikeforce has now officially pulled the fight completely from the card.
Fickett was stepping in for Joe Riggs, who was denied clearance by the California State Athletic Commission due to his usage of a prescription drug. Riggs was not aware that the prescription drug was illegal.
Drew Fickett vs. Luke Stewart – Cancelled
Alexander Trivino Defeated Eric Jacob via Submission – Armbar – at 0:37 in the 1stRound
Jorge Interiano Defeated Travis Johnson via TKO – Doctor’s Stoppage at 3:00 in the 2ndRound
Cyrillo Padhillo Defeated Jesse Jones via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Bryan Caraway Defeated Alvin Cacdac via Submission – Rear Naked Choke – at 1:39 in the 1stRound
Bobby Stack Defeated Jose Palacios via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Chris Cariaso Defeated Anthony Figueroa via Submission – Rear Naked Choke – at 4:34 in the 2ndRound
Jeremiah Metcalf Defeated Raymond Daniels via Submission – Rear Naked Choke – at :59 in the 2ndRound
Miesha Tate Defeated Elaina Maxwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Bobby Southworth Defeated Anthony Ruiz via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45) – Southworth Remains Light Heavyweight Champion
Billy Evangelista Defeated Nam Phan via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Josh Thomson Defeated Gilbert Melendez via Unanimous Decision (50-45, All Three Judges) – Thomson New Lightweight Champion