“Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” took place Saturday night inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Welterweight sensation Jake Shields sunk in a nasty guillotine choke, forcing Robbie Lawler to tap in the 1stRound of their 182-pound catch-weight scrap.
For the second consecutive bout, former light heavyweight Andrei Arlovski got slapped silly en route to a trip to Queer Street. Although Brett Rogers was more than a 3-to-1 underdog entering the bout, he impressively bumped his record to a perfect 10-0, and slugged his way into title contention.
It took the former Sam’s Club tire repairman all of 22 seconds to dispose of the former UFC heavyweight champ. No telling where Arlovski’s career goes from here, possibly boxing – however it would be tough to imagine him being able to hide his glass jaw any better in a pure stand-up affair.
As for Rogers, he has officially arrived. After the fight, he called for a shot at the strap and it would be tough to deny him after tonight’s performance.
Here is a quick summary of the night’s spectacular fights:
Pat Benson Defeated Dave Cochran via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:18 in the 1stRound
Lucas Lopes Defeated Scott Ventimiglia via Disqualification (Illegal Knee Strike) at 3:26 in the 1stRound
Tyron Woodley Defeated Salvoder Woods via Submission (North-South Choke) at 4:20 in the 1stRound
Booker DeRousse Defeated James Wade via TKO at 4:06 in the 1stRound
Mike Kyle Defeated Rafael Cavalcante via TKO at 4:05 in the 2ndRound
Jesse Finney Defeated Josh Bumgarner via Submission (Kimura) at 1:55 in the 1stRound
Mike Whitehead Defeated Kevin Randleman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three judges)
Joe Riggs Defeated Phil Baroni via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Nick Diaz Defeated Scott Smith via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:41 in the 3rdRound
Brett Rogers Defeated Andrei Arlovski via KO at :22 in the 1stRound
Jake Shields Defeated Robbie Lawler via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:02 in the 1stRound
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