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Castillo ties Gellner up against the fence and drills hard, short punches and knees to the liver. Gellner doing her best to fire back in between shots, but it’s all Castillo early. They split and Gellner pulls guard as Castillo goes to tie up again. Castillo tries to stack up and Gellner throws up a triangle, then switches to an armbar. Gellner is forced to abandon the hold when Castillo slams her down.
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Castillo using her jab until Gellner shoots in for a single-leg takedown. Castillo resists and winds up in Gellner’s guard. Gellner grabbing for something from the bottom, and Castillo retreats after a few hammerfists. Gellner lands a solid punch and follows with a double-leg attempt, but again Castillo resists, this time grabbing a guillotine. Gellner pulls guard and Castillo jumps into mount, but the striker doesn’t stay there long. Gellner bucks her back to guard and they’re soon back standing. Castillo flicking out kicks and keeping Gellner at range. Gellner shoots a double-leg, gets stuffed and eats a pair of uppercuts. Castillo chases her opponent down and finishes Gellner off with a knee against the fence. Referee Dan Stell jumps in for the save at 3:57 of the second round.
Dan Stell is back in the cage to referee this welterweight bout. Terry raises a hand to his opponent at the start of the bout, but Gamaza wants none of it. Gamaza pumping his jab, landing some leg kicks, but eats a hard right from Terry. Now Terry grabs Gamaza in the clinch and drops him with some cracking knees. Gamaza gets back to his feet, finds some space and thuds a kick off the body of Terry. A big right hand floors Gamaza, who pops back up. Terry corners him and stays standing, pushing Gamaza’s head down and punching away. At the 3:26 mark, referee Stell decides he’s seen enough.
Germaine de Randamie vs. Stephanie Webber
of the first frame.
Josh Rosenthal officiates this 180-pound contest. Lawson pushes Keslar into the cage. Keslar has underhooks scores with a few knees up the middle. Lawson gets the takedown, but Keslar latches on a triangle choke. The submission -- now a triangle-armbar combo -- is coming from an awkward angle, but it’s slowed Lawson down. Lawson appears to be posturing up and defending when Rosenthal waves it off. There’s a moment of confusion in the arena as both fighters stand and walk away. Though few watching could see, Lawson tapped out at 1:57, giving Keslar the submission win.
Dan Stell referees this lightweight bout. After an early flurry, Hill catches Stack rushing in and lands a flush flying knee. Stack is dazed and Hill runs right at him with another. Stack survives to get the takedown, but Hill cinches up a lightning-quick triangle choke and forces Stack to tap. The end comes officially at 62 seconds.
Nate Moore vs. Nathan Coy
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Coy
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Coy
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Coy
Moore crushes Coy with an overhand right and a follow-up left. Coy falls over and rolls to his side, where Moore dives in with one more punch to seal the deal. McCarthy rescues the helpless Coy just 25 seconds into the round.
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson
It’s a bad idea, as Walker steps right back in and folds Carson with a left hand. With Carson in an awkward position against the fence and Walker winding up for further punches, referee Dan Stell leaps in for the save at the 3:13 mark.
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Robbie Lawler
John McCarthy is in charge of the evening’s co-main event. Jacare stands in the center as Lawler hops around the outside. No strikes thrown in the first 30 seconds and the crowd begins booing instantly. Lawler finally leaps in with a jumping knee and a caveman left hand. Jacare instantly ties up and drags him to the floor, then moves to side control on Lawler’s right side. The Brazilian is pinning Lawler down, laying his body across his opponent’s chest and pecking away with short punches. Lawler twists and gets to his feet, and escapes from the guillotine Jacare snares him in on his way up. The middleweights are throwing bombs now. Leaping knee from Lawler has Jacare on wobbly legs, and more punches put the champ on his back. Lawler follows him to the mat and Jacare closes up his guard. Jacare grabs the fence and shoves himself away from it, prompting a warning from McCarthy. With 30 seconds to go, the ref stands them up. Lawler lands a liver kick and a few punches, and Jacare shoots forward again. He drags Lawler down right at the horn.
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Lawler
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lawler
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Lawler
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Souza
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Souza
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Souza
Souza grabs the Thai clinch and scores with a half-dozen knees up the gut. Lawler being pushed against the fence now, defending the takedown. Jacare pulls him down after a moment and drills a hard knee into his challenger’s ribcage. Lawler gives up his back and Jacare instantly jumps on. Souza puts his hooks in, then locks up a body triangle. He slips his left arm under Lawler’s chin for the rear-naked choke and Lawler resists for a few seconds before tapping out. Souza retains his title with the submission at 2:00 of the third round.
Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
Referee Josh Rosenthal is in the cage for the main event. Angry staredown between Diaz and Cyborg, as one would expect. Instantly, Cyborg gets to work with whirling kicks both forward and backward. Hard inside leg kicks coming from the challenger now. Diaz is clearly chatting with his man as they tie up against the cage. It’s a stalemate and they disengage. Diaz getting some right hands through as Cyborg piles on the kicks to the champion’s right leg. Cyborg is chopping the base out from beneath Diaz and lands a nice three-piece flush. Diaz still talking, moving forward, zaps Cyborg with a big left hand. He’s got Santos backed into the cage and starts teeing off, but the Brazilian survives. Diaz landing jabs at will with both hands now and Cyborg is starting to look spent. Still a minute to go as Diaz digs to Santos’ body with punches. Cyborg has abandoned his leg kicks and is now punching, but Diaz is blocking those shots.
Brian Knapp scores the round 10-9 Santos
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Santos back to work with his leg kicks early. Now the challenger throws bombs at Diaz’s head and body as Diaz simply covers up, perhaps attempting to wear Cyborg out. Standing elbow from Santos is answered by a stiff Diaz jab. Diaz now attempting to check Santos’ sporadic leg kicks. Nice one-two lands for Diaz; Cyborg throws an uppercut back. Diaz leans in and drops his hands to his waist, luring Cyborg in. Hard left hand down the pipe by Diaz prompts Santos to go for the first takedown of the fight. He gets it and Diaz closes his guard. Diaz shifts his hips up and latches onto Santos’ right arm, rolling the Brazilian over. He softens Santos up with a few punches to the gut and then fully extends the submission. Santos’ right arm is trapped, but Rosenthal dives in for the technical submission stoppage at 4:50 of the second round. Cyborg is clearly upset, but doesn’t protest the finish.