Did you happen to hear that ruckus on Saturday night? That was gambleholics rejoicing worldwide after witnessing a pair of significant underdogs come through at “Strikeforce” Houston.”
Chad Griggs, the heavyweight who was supposed to be content with just getting an invite to the party, served up the first upset special of the evening by handing former WWE and TNA superstar Bobby Lashley his only MMA blemish.
Griggs not only took down the 6-to-1 favorite, but he battered him so badly that Lashley wasn’t able to answer the 3rdRound bell. Compounding matters is the fact Lashley was escorted to the hospital on a stretcher immediately after the contest.
Unfortunately for Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and his freshly minted light heavyweight title, the longshot love didn’t stop there. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante stepped inside the Toyota Center in Texas as a 3.5-to-1 underdog, yet managed to unleash a brutal beating on his majesty to capture the crown.
The controversy extended beyond the gambling tip, however. Strikeforce brass are now searching for answers regarding the ill-advised stand-up that took place in the Lashley/Griggs contest just before the 2ndRound concluded. Although an extremely gassed Lashley was in a dominant top position, the referee opted to separate the fighters so the doctor could examine the laceration near Lashley’s left eye.
Understanding the ref’s decision to stop the action with only 45 ticks remaining in the round was for Lashley’s safety, the 265-pounders should have resumed in the same full-mount position once the physician deemed Lashley worthy to continue.
Another issue that has come to light are the oxygen cans that former light heavyweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and lightweight KJ Noons each ingested right after taking the cage. According to MiddleEasy, both fighters were using a TRUO2 Portable Oxygen Can, which can “Maximize Power and Explosiveness! Increase Endurance and Stamina! Dramatically Reduce Recovery Times! Get more out of your Sports and Fitness Training! Reach Your Goals in Less Time! Improve Mental Focus and Clarity!”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated he didn’t have enough information regarding the “performance enhancing” substance in order to comment. However, the promoter told BloodyElbow Sunday night that “everything that they did was approved by the commission, so we’ll talk to them and have a conversation with them.”
Did Noons and King Mo just open up an oxygen-filled can of worms?