Strikeforce's Carano-Cyborg Card Provides a Night Full of Finishes

Nate DoubleAnalyst IAugust 16, 2009

Strikeforce's Carano-Cyborg card is in the books and the outcomes were by and large what people expected.  The plus side was that most fights were finished rather than going to decision.

Gina Carano was overwhelmed by Cristine "Cyborg" Santos in the closing seconds of the first round with the stoppage being called simultaneous with the round ending.

A good portion of their fight was a standing brawl with Carano receiving the brunt of the damage.  The highlights for me were Carano escaping from two submissions that appeared to be locked up fairly well.

Carano losing does not torpedo women's MMA, as many have speculated as the fight was at least competitive and will certainly be re-fought in the future.

Gegard Mousasi proved he is indeed the real deal by knocking out Babalu Sobral in the first minute of their fight. 

Mousasi looked very Fedor-esque as he calmly stood in the cage with a bored look on his face.  You could have said he was reacting to the news that he would be assembling IKEA furniture rather than fighting one of the biggest fights of his life based on his demeanor.

Securing Mousasi to a four-fight contract may turn out to be the biggest thing to come out of Affliction's demise.

Fabricio Werdum pulled out a submission win over Mike Kyle, but the fight proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Werdum is not the man to challenge Fedor Emelianenko

Kyle connected with a few solid punches that definitely stunned Werdum.  If Kyle was more experienced, he would have shrugged Werdum off, avoided the takedown, and likely finished the fight.

With Fedor's precision punching, I expect him to finish Werdum in the manner he took out Tim Sylvia. 

Gilbert Melendez revenged his first loss by TKO'ing Mitsuhiro Ishida. Melendez showed excellent take down defense and crisp punching.

Now that Melendez is the interim lightweight champ, Strikeforce can ramp up the marketing machine for the title unification bout with Josh Thomson.

With a fairly limited roster, I'll be interested to see which match-ups come out of this card for Strikeforce's next show.