“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” took place Saturday night inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. After ending their 2010 campaign with a bang, the San Jose, California-based promotion followed up by wasting their money on judges in their first major event of the New Year.
Not including the three amateur bouts that kicked off the eagerly anticipated show, all 10 professional fights ended before the final horns blared.
Welterweight champ Nick Diaz successfully defended his crown in the night’s featured contest. The Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard ate a barrage of leg kicks in the opening round, but managed to secure an armbar submission on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the second stanza of their highly entertaining affair.
Speaking of tapping out, middleweight title holder Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza locked in a rear-naked choke on Robbie Lawler in the 3rdRound of their championship scrap.
“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” Results:
Armin Safiari Defeated Sam Bracamonte via Unanimous Decision (No scores announced)
Ricky Jackson Defeated Niko Jackson via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Dariano Defeated Alan Perez via Unanimous Decision
Jenna Castillo Defeated Charlene Gellner via TKO (Knees) at 3:57 in the 2ndRound
James Terry Defeated Lucas Gamaza via TKO (Strikes) at 3:26 in the 1stRound
Germaine de Randamie Defeated Stephanie Webber via TKO (Strikes) at 4:25 in the 1stRound
Ron Keslar Defeated Eric Lawson via Submission (Armbar) at 1:57 in the 1stRound
Isaiah Hill Defeated Bobby Stack via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:02 in the 1stRound
Nate Moore Defeated Nathan Coy via KO (Punches) at 0:25 in the 2ndRound
Roger Gracie Defeated Trevor Prangley via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:19 in the 1stRound
Herschel Walker Defeated Scott Carson via TKO (Strikes) at 3:13 in the 1stRound
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Defeated Robbie Lawler via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:00 in the 3rdRound (Jacare retains Strikeforce Middleweight Title)
Nick Diaz Defeated Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos via Submission (Armbar) at 4:50 in the 2ndRound (Diaz retains Strikeforce Welterweight Title)
Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:
According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, 9,059 fanboys packed the HP Pavilion on Saturday.
Coker said he knows the people who exchanged words with Diaz after his victory. They were sitting in the first 2-3 rows, however he wouldn’t elaborate much further.
Although Herschel Walker owns a perfect 2-0 MMA record, he quickly shot down the idea of being an alternate in the Heavyweight Grand Prix. The former NFL star admits he’s not at that level, so Strikeforce should go looking elsewhere if any participants get hurt.
Jacare on the possibility of fighting Jason Miller: “Are you kidding me. I beat this guy two times, man. No more.” – Officially, he holds a unanimous decision win from June 2008 and a No Contest courtesy of an illegal kick to the head he received in their rematch in May of 2009.
Diaz arrived late to the post-fight presser.