Strikeforce MMA: Henderson vs. Babalu Live Blog, Results
ST. LOUIS - Welcome to the Strikeforce live blog!
I, Derek Bolender, will be your host for the evening.
Currently, I am posted cageside at the Scottrade Center in chilly downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
I will be providing a round-by-round account of tonight’s fights as they transpire.
The live broadcast will begin at 9:00 pm CST on Showtime. The unaired preliminary card is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm CST.
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205 lbs - Dan Henderson def. Babalu Sobral via TKO (punches), Round 1, 1:53
170 lbs - Paul Daley def. Scott Smith via KO (punch), Round 1, 2:09
185 lbs - Robbie Lawler def. Matt Lindland via TKO (strikes), Round 1, 0:50
265 lbs - Antonio Silva def. Mike Kyle via TKO (strikes), Round 2, 2:49
205 lbs - Ovince St. Preux def. Benji Radach via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
170 lbs - Wayne Phillips def. Fernando Bettega via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
155 lbs - Justin Lawrence def. Max Martytniouk via technical unanimous decision (accidental illegal kick) - (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
205 lbs - Patrick Cummins def. Terrell Brown via TKO (strikes), Round 1, 2:44
185 lbs – Cortez Coleman def. Lucas Lopez via submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 2:04
155 lbs – Matt Ricehouse def. Tom Aaron via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
205 lbs - Mike Glenn def. Lee Brousseau via TKO (strikes), Round 1, 2:00
185 lbs – Booker DeRousse def. Coltin Cole via TKO (strikes), Round 2, 3:04
130 lb Catchweight – J.W. Wright def. Josh Epps via submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 1:29
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Dan Henderson def. Babalu Sobral via TKO (punches), Round 1, 1:53
5/5 on my Strikeforce predictions. I'll take it.
Crazy night of finishes on this card.
Round 1 - John McCarthy overseeing the action. Jab by Babalu. Clinch in middle & Hendo lands nice right hand inside. Babalu high kick blocked. Hendo loading up right hand as per usual. Big right hand by Hendo misses. Left hook by Hendo and right hand miss. Both miss with left hooks at the same time. Hendo clips Babalu with a hook. He stumbles back and Hendo is on top reigning down bombs! It's over!
Main event still to come - Dan Henderson vs. Babalu Sobral
Tyron Woodley being interviewed inside the cage. St. Louis is his hometown. He will headline the next Strikeforce Challengers event in Nashville.
Paul Daley def. Scott Smith via KO (punch), Round 1, 2:09
What do I win for calling left hook about 3 mins in?
Round 1 - John McCarthy overseeing the action. Smith jabbing. Daley lands low kick after missing with left hook. Right low kick scores for Daley. Left high kick misses. Jab/right hand by Daley drops Smith. Daley feinting heavily. Smith pressing back but missing. Both reset. Daley loading up right hand. Stiff jab from Daley. Left hook by Daley misses. Two left hooks score. Huge left hook floors Smith! Face first into the mat! Wow!
4 1/2 inch reach advantage for Daley over Smith.
Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith up next. Should be fun while it lasts. Over/under 3 mins?
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Lindland via TKO (strikes), Round 1, 0:50
Lindland still is dazed and laying on his back. Been there for a while. Scary stuff.
Someone needs to tell Lindland to stop fighting. Seriously. His KO losses to Belfort and Lawler were both vicious.
Round 1 - Lindland trying to close distance to clinch and Lawler swinging as he comes in. Lawler sniping with right hook/straight left combo. Big right hand drops Lindland! Another right hand for good measure and he is out!
Lawler walks out to Lil' Wayne's "Right Above It." Think that's what it's called.... anyways, I dig the actual music now at Strikeforce events. Have I mentioned that already?
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland up next.
That just may have earned Antonio Silva a fight with Fedor Emelianenko in January. We'll have to wait and see.
Antonio Silva def. Mike Kyle via TKO (strikes), Round 2, 2:49
Round 2 - Silva shoots and cannot get takedown. Nice jab from Silva does damage. Leg kick by Silva scores. Silva gets takedown. This is where he has a huge advantage. Has Kyle pinned against the fence and he is dropping some nice punches. Side control, then north/south position by Silva. Silva looking to ground and pound. Moves to side control. Was looking to progress to mount but Kyle scrambles. Deep anaconda choke by Silva! Kyle stays patient and somehow gets out of it. Silva into mount and dropping big shots on the head of Kyle. It's over! Silva finishes it! Great comeback!
The hand speed of Kyle a big problem for Bigfoot.
Round 1 - John McCarthy overseeing the action. Touch of gloves. Stiff jab by Kyle misses. Right hand by Kyle clips Silva. Right hand drops Silva! Hammer fists for Kyle! More ground and pound from Silva's guard. Silva trying to regain his senses. Kyle pummeling with hammer fists again. Silva somehow recovers but is battered. Kyle slows down pace to catch his breath. More hammer fists from Kyle. 2 minutes left. Silva is a bloody mess. Elbows to the body by Kyle. Pace continues to slow. Punches to body by Kyle. 10-8 Kyle
263 lbs vs 219 lbs at the weigh ins yesterday, to be exact.
Antonio Silva vs. Mike Kyle up next. Kyle is outweighed by about 40 lbs in this fight. He also took the fight on about a week's notice.
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