Strikeforce Results: Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier Fight Card

Sean SmithAnalyst IMay 19, 2012

Strikeforce Results: Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier Fight Card

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    From the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier is now underway. Bleacher Report will provide live results below and round-by-round play-by-play on the following pages of this slideshow.

     

    Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier

    Cormier defeats Barnett by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45).

     

    Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson

    Melendez defeats Thomson by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47).

     

    Rafael Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle

    Cavalcante defeats Kyle by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:33 of the first round.

     

    Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Chris Spang

    Spang defeats Burrell by knockout (knees and punches) at 1:35 of the first round.

     

    Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

    Vallie-Flagg defeats Cavalcante by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

     

    Virgil Zwicker vs. Carlos Inocente

    Inocente defeats Zwicker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

     

    Gian Villante vs. Derek Mehman

    Villante defeats Mehman by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

     

    Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort

    Mulhern defeats Villefort by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).

     

    James Terry vs. Bobby Green

    Terry defeats Green by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier

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    Round 1

    Josh Barnett slips on a kick attempt, but Daniel Cormier doesn't follow to the ground. The Olympic wrestler is showing some quick hands early as he lands a jab-straight right combination. Cormier lands a knee in the clinch and a right hook on the exit.

    Barnett lands a knee to the body, but Cormier answers with a left hook and more knees to the body. "The Warmaster" lands a leg kick and stepping elbow. The American Kickboxing Academy product lands a leg kick to Barnett's lead leg and uses a push kick to back the former UFC champion into the fence.

    Barnett presses forward and lands a right hand that will give him some confidence, but the opening round goes to Cormier. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cormier.

     

    Round 2

    A jab-left hook combination lands for Cormier. Barnett answers with a leg kick and straight right, but Cormier answers with a right uppercut. Cormier digs a punch into the body of Barnett and takes the fight to the ground with a high crotch.

    Barnett throws his legs up for a triangle choke attempt, but Cormier postures up and avoids it. Barnett attacks the leg of Cormier now, but the Olympian slips out of the submission attempt with one minute left in the round. Cormier is opening Barnett's face up with elbows and is on his way to a two-round lead in this bout.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cormier (20-18 Cormier).

     

    Round 3

    Barnett comes forward with urgency in the final round, but Cormier lands a looping right hook. Barnett lands a knee to the body and looks for a takedown, but the world-class wrestler easily shuts it down. Cormier slips and rips to the body of Barnett, who also eats a left hook.

    Cormier shoots in for a high crotch and flips Barnett head over heels onto his back. Cormier immediately moves to side control, but Barnett escapes midway through the final round. The pace slows until Barnett counters a Cormier takedown attempt with a knee to the body.

    Cormier lands a head kick and hurts Barnett. With under a minute to go in the fight, Cormier takes Barnett's back from a standing position. The Alistair Overeem replacement in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix holds the position until the round ends. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cormier (30-27 Cormier).

     

    Round 4

    A left hook lands for Cormier. Barnett gets hit with an uppercut. The Pride veteran rushes forward and presses Cormier against the cage, but Cormier moves away from the fence easily. Cormier fakes a takedown attempt and lands a right hand. A second takedown attempt is successful, though.

    However, Barnett attacks Cormier's leg for a submission attempt. Cormier slides out of it and starts delivering elbows with one minute left in the round. After a break in action, the fighters are stood up and Barnett lands a knee to the body.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cormier (40-36 Cormier).

     

    Round 5

    Barnett may need a finish here in order to give UFC president Dana White a reason to bring him back to the Octagon. The pace is slow in this final round, though.

    Barnett lands a knee to the head of Cormier, but the former Olympian is unaffected. A jab-straight right combination lands for Cormier, who ducks a spinning backfist and takes the fight to the ground. Cormier lifts Barnett, but he can't take the larger heavyweight to the ground.

    Cormeir could be on his way to the UFC, where he will be an instant contender for the heavyweight title.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cormier (50-45 Cormier).

     

    Cormier defeats Barnett by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45).

Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson

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    Round 1

    Both fighters throw and Josh Thomson lands a left hook. Thomson also trips Gilbert Melendez to the ground briefly, but the champion quickly jumps back to his feet. Melendez feints a jab and secures a takedown along the fence.

    Thomson uses the fence to stand and both fighters land hooks midway through the round. Melendez lands a knee to the body on the inside. Thomson lands a knee of his own in the clinch. The champion lands a couple jabs, but Thomson answers with a straight right. Melendez catches a kick and scores a brief takedown at the round's conclusion.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez.

     

    Round 2

    Melendez presses forward and lands a left hook. The champion shoots in for a takedown, but Thomson easily stuffs it. The Cesar Gracie-trained fighter continues to control the center of the cage and fires punches to the body of Thomson.

    Thomson rushes forward and lands a right hook at the halfway point of the second frame. A Melendez jab leads to an eye poke and a brief break in the action. Melendez sticks his jab and follows it up with right hooks and uppercuts.

    With one minute left in the round, Melendez shoots in and slams Thomson to the ground. As Thomson works his way to his feet, Melendez meets him with a few solid right hands. Thomson looks for a takedown at the end of the round, but Melendez stuffs it and makes the challenger pay with elbows. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez (20-18 Melendez).

     

    Round 3

    The champion lands a left hook-right hook combination before failing on a takedown attempt. Both fighters land before Melendez stuffs a takedown attempt and presses forward. Thomson hits Melendez with an uppercut, but Melendez lands an uppercut of his own.

    Thomson trips Melendez to the ground, but the champion rolls and stands. Showing off some excellent head movement, Melendez evades punches and lands a big uppercut. Melendez catches Thomson in the eye again, but the champion argues that it was a closed fist. Thomson quickly returns to action.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez (30-27 Melendez).

     

    Round 4

    Seemingly unfazed by his swollen right eye, Melendez continues to move forward and land his jab. Thomson answers with a right hand and head kick in the opening minute of the round. Melendez scores a double-leg takedown, though. Thomson stands and Melendez lands two nice combinations with three minutes left in the fourth stanza.

    The champion shoots in for a takedown, but Thomson stuffs it. Thomson sweeps Melendez's legs out from under him and follows to the canvas. The challenger takes the champion's back and looks to lock up a rear-naked choke with one minute left in the round. Melendez survives the round, but the round belongs to Thomson. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Thomson (39-37 Melendez).

     

    Round 5

    A left hook lands for Melendez, who shoots in for a takedown, but Thomson quickly escapes. Thomson feints and lands a right hook with three minutes left in the fight. The challenger lands a combination of hooks before both fighters stuff each other's takedown attempts.

    Yet another Melendez finger accidentally digs into the eyes of Thomson, who recovers quickly. Both fighters blast each other with right hooks. A takedown attempt is unsuccessful for Thomson, who scores a trip takedown in the final minute of the fight. This one will come down to how the judges saw the opening round, which was somewhat close.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Thomson (48-47 Melendez).

     

    Melendez defeats Thomson by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47).

Rafael Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle

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    Round 1

    Early on, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante drops Mike Kyle with a knee and quickly latches onto the neck of his opponent. Kyle tries to slam his way out of the guillotine choke, but Cavalcante keeps his grip and forces Kyle to tap.

     

    Cavalcante defeats Kyle by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:33 of the first round.

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Chris Spang

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    Round 1

    Chris Spang lands a right hook as both fighters swing early. Nah-Shon Burrell leaps in with jabs, but nothing lands and Spang lands a leg kick. The fighters clinch and Spang lands a knee to the body and elbow on the exit.

    Burrell lands a left hook-right uppercut combination, but Spang rocks his opponent with a left hook. Spang clinches and looks to finish the fight with knees. After several knee and a few hooks in the clinch, Burrell falls to the ground and referee Josh Rosenthal calls a stop to the fight.

     

    Spang defeats Burrell by knockout (knees and punches) at 1:35 of the first round.

Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

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    Round 1

    Gesias Cavalcante slips a right hook and lands a right uppercut. Isaac Vallie-Flagg is the aggressor, but Cavalcante is the more effective striker early on. Nonetheless, it is Cavalcante who looks to take the fight to the ground. He is successful and quickly take Vallie-Flagg's back.

    Cavalante looks for a rear-naked choke, but Vallie-Flagg fights it off. As Vallie-Flagg stands, Cavalcante lands a knee to the head of his Greg Jackson-trained opponent.

    A push kick lands for Vallie-Flagg, who follows it up with a flying knee in he final minute of the round. Cavalcante lands a head kick, but Vallie-Flagg answers right back with a flying knee. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Cavalante.

     

    Round 2

    The 28-year-old Blackzilian scores an early takedown in the second frame, but Vallie-Flagg escapes without taking much damage. Cavalcante lands a counter-left hook and a straight right with three mnutes left in the roun. Cavalvante counters a leg kick with an overhand right.

    Vallie-Flagg returns fire with a leg kick and right hook. Another right hand lands to the head of Cavalcante, who is now on the defensive and gets hit with one more right hook. Vallie-Flagg scores with a jab-right hook combination and follows up with a right elbow.

    The late rally from Vallie-Flagg should be enough for him to even things on the scorecards.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Vallie-Flagg (19-19).

     

    Round 3

    Vallie-Flagg stuffs a takedown attempt and presses Cavalcante against the fence. The Brazilian looks for a takedown, but Vallie-Flagg has none of it and lands a nice jab as the fighters separate. A half-speed takedown attempt by Cavalcante allows Vallie-Flagg to land a knee and take the fight back to the fence.

    With three minutes left in the fight, Vallie-Flagg lands two elbows and a big front kick to the head of his opponent. A jab-right hook lands for Vallie-Flagg, who is taking control of this bout and looks to be on his way to a come-from-behind win.

    Cavalcante lands a straight right, but Vallie-Flagg clinches again and uses the fence to control Cavalcante. A flying knee puts an exclamation mark on what should be a great comeback victory. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Vallie-Flagg (29-28 Vallie-Flagg).

     

    Vallie-Flagg defeats Cavalcante by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Virgil Zwicker vs. Carlos Inocente

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    Round 1

    Virgil Zwicker pushes forward with hooks and presses the fight to the fence, but Carlos Inocente works his back away from the cage. A looping right hook lands for Zwicker, but Inocente rocks his opponent with a head kick after landing a few leg kicks.

    Zwicker smartly takes the fight to the ground, but Inocente quickly reverses positions. Once the fighters work their way back to their feet, Inocente opens up with spinning kicks. A hook to the body and spinning elbow also land for Inocente.

    Zwicker is hanging tough, but he's taking a lot of damage against this dynamic striker. Another head kick grazes Zwicker, who also eats a knee. However, Zwicker secures another takedown and survives a wild round.

    B/R scores the round 10-8 Inocente.

     

    Round 2

    Inocente lands a left hook and tries to land another head kick, but Zwicker catches the leg and takes the fight to the ground. Inocente lands elbows from his back. Inocente sweeps Zwicker and stands.

    The Brazilian lands a leg kick and feints a knee before attacking Zwickers lead leg with another kick. Zwicker catches a kick and presses Inocente to the fence, but Inocente ducks under Zwickers arm and secures a takedown. Inocente lets Zwicker stand and lands a spinning backfist, which would put most to sleep, but not Zwicker.

    With one minute left in the round, Zwicker trips Inocente to the ground, but he's too tired to keep the fight there. Zwicker tries for another takedown, but Inocente stuffs the attempt.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Inocente (20-17 Inocente).

     

    Round 3

    Zwicker catches a kick and lands a punch with his free hand. Inocente clinches, though, and lands a few knees to the body. Another kick is caught by Zwicker, who lands a right hook. Inocente lands more knees in the clinch and stuffs a Zwicker takedown attempt.

    The 25-year-old clinches once again and lands a pair of uppercuts to the chin of Zwicker. Finally, the pace is slowing, as these fighters are both exhausted. Zwicker attempts a superman punch and eats a left hook on the way in. Zwicker walks forward and takes a body kick.

    With one minute left in the fight, Zwicker pushes the pace again and begins landing. However, Inocente is able to keep distance and lands a flying knee before the fight comes to an end.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Inocente (30-26 Inocente).

     

    Inocente defeats Zwicker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

Gian Villante vs. Derek Mehman

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    Round 1

    The 26-year-old light heavyweights get started by briefly clinching. Gian Villante lands a heavy leg kick and hurts Derek Mehman with a left hand in the clinch. Mehman follows his opponent to the ground and looks to lock up a rear-naked choke, but Mehman recovers and props himself up against the cage.

    Mehman works his way to his feet with three minutes left in the round, Villante blocks a pair of left hooks ad answers with a thudding leg kick. Another left kick lands for Villante, who has a decided edge with two minutes left in this frame. Villante blasts Mehman with a jab-straight right combination and clinches along the fence.

    Mehman separates and checks to see if his nose is broken. Villante lands a straight right to the body and easily blocks a series of slow combinations from Mulhern. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Villante.

     

    Round 2

    Frustrated with the way things are going on his feet, Mehman looks for a takedown, but Villante easily stuffs the it and keeps the fight standing, where he is clearly the better fighter. Villante lands a jab-inside leg kick combination.

    Villante continues to easily shut down the telegraphed two-punch combinations of Mehman. The former Iowa University wrestler needs to switch things up and get this fight to the ground if he wants to avoid a second straight loss.

    Though Mehman ducks a punch and gets deep on a takedown attempt, Villante easily stuffs the takedown and lands a jab-right cross combination with under two minutes left in the round.

    A kick sweeps Mehman's legs out from under him, but he quickly works his way back to his feet. A pair of stiff jabs score for Villante before the end of the round. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Villante (20-18 VIllante).

     

    Round 3

    A Mehman takedown attempt is stuffed and countered with a right uppercut. Mehman lands a right hook, but Villante continues to press forward and lands a pair of leg kicks. Villante lands two solid uppercut with four minutes left in the bout.

    A thudding leg kick buckles Mehman, who rushes forward without any success. A left hook lands for Villante, who is running away with this fight and well on his way to a third straight victory.

    Villante lands a jab, which is answered by a Mehman uppercut. Mehman clinches and lands a knee to the body, but he'll need a finish in order to win this one now. Mehman finally scores a takedown in the final moments of the fight, but it's probably not enought to steal the round and certainly isn't enough to steal the fight. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Villante (30-27 Villante).

     

    Villante defeats Mehman by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort

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    Round 1

    Undefeated in his first six fights, 21-year-old Yuri Villefort attempts to maintain his spotless record by starting the fight off with a caught kick and counter-straight left.

    Quinn Mulhern presses forward and presses this opponent against the cage early, but Villefort separates and lands a heavy left hook. A slapping leg kick also lands for Villefort, who checks a kick and lands a stiff jab.

    With about three minutes left in the round, Mulhern switches things up by taking the fight to the ground. Using an active guard, Villefort works his way to his feet and scores a takedown of his own. As Mulhern looks to set up a gogoplata, Villefort blasts his opponent with a overhand left. Villefort finishes the round with an elbow from the top position. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Villefort.

     

    Round 2

    Villefort lands another left hook to start the second round, but Mulhern secures an early takedown. The 27-year-old moves to side control and slides into mount briefly, but he gets high on his opponent's back and Villefort is able to slip out the back door.

    Now fighting off of his back, Mulhern uses an omoplata attempt to reverse positions. However, Villefort quickly scrambles and regains the top position with less than one minute left in the round. Villefort finishes the round on top, but he may not have done enough to make up for Mulhern gaining full-mount earlier in the stanza.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Mulhern (19-19).

     

    Round 3

    Mulhern feints an overhand right and shoots in for a takedown, but Villefort counters with an underhook and keeps the fight standing. Villefort now looks for a takedown, but Mulhern sprawls and moves to side control.

    Villefort hip escapes to his feet, but he eats a jab on the way up. Mulhern looks to take the fight back to the ground, but Villefort pancakes him and slips out of a heel hook attempt. Now, Mulhern is attacking with another omoplata attempt, though. He uses the submission threat to take the top position and move to full-mount.

    With one minute left in the fight, Mulhern appears to have this round locked up, but he could need a finish depending on how the judges saw the very close first two rounds. Mulhern finishes the fight with a body triangle from Villefort's back.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Mulhern (29-28 Mulhern).

     

    Mulhern defeats Villefort by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).

James Terry vs. Bobby Green

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    Non-televised bout. 

     

    James Terry defeats Bobby Green by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).