Now that “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” is officially yesterday’s news, let’s take a look at what the card’s featured fighters had to say about their respective scraps.
Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett did not attend the post-fight press conference and was unavailable for comment following his lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Daniel Cormier (Pictured).
As the old adage goes, “Looks can be deceiving.” Although Josh Thomson seems no worse for wear and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez definitely appears to have been involved in a 25-minute war, it was Melendez who left San Jose with a victory last night.
HP Pavilion in California hosted Saturday’s shindig.
Please click the media players below to watch Showtime’s post-fight interviews:
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante:
Here are the official results from last night’s action:
Bobby Green Defeated James Terry via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Quinn Mulhern Defeated Yuri Villefort via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Gian Villante Defeated Derrick Mehmen via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Guto Inocente Defeated Virgil Zwicker via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg Defeated JZ Cavalcante via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Spang Defeated Nah-Shon Burrell via KO (Strikes) at 1:35 in the 1stRound
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante Defeated Mike Kyle via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :33 in the 1stRound
Gilbert Melendez Defeated Josh Thomson via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) (Melendez retains Strikeforce lightweight title)
Daniel Cormier Defeated Josh Barnett via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) (Cormier wins Heavyweight Grand Prix)