Strikeforce: Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal Results

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 17, 2011

Strikeforce: Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal Results

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    From the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal is now underway. Quick results will be available below, while live play-by-play will be provided on the following pages of this slideshow.

     

    Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal

    Melendez defeats Masvidal by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46).


    Cristiane Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka

    Santos defeats Yamanaka by technical knockout (punches) at 0:16 of the first round.


    Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux

    Mousasi defeats St. Preux by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).


    KJ Noons vs. Billy Evangelista

    Noons defeats Evangelista by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal

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    Round 1

    Gilbert Melendez holds the center of the cage and cracks Jorge Masvidal with a right hand. Another right hand scores for Melendez with three-and-a-half minutes to go in the round.

    Melendez is picking apart Masvidal, who is on his heels and looking to counterpunch. Melendez clinches and lands knees to the head of Masvidal.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez.


    Round 2

    Melendez counters a Masvidal kick with an overhand right. The champion is starting to press forward two minutes into the round and lands a kick to the inside of Masvidal's thigh.

    Masvidal answers a body kick with a stiff jab. The challenger lands a hook to the body of Melendez.

    Melendez continues to score as Masvidal is content to sit back and counterstrike.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez.


    Round 3

    The third round begins with more of the same from Melendez. The champion continues to move in and out with punches.

    Masvidal lands a punch to the midsection of Melendez, but he isn't scoring with enough frequency to win rounds.

    Melendez has Masvidal circling with his back against the fence. 

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez.


    Round 4

    Melendez feints the jab and follows through with a straight right. A left hand lands to the temple of the challenger.

    Melendez actually looks worse for wear than Masvidal, but he continue to land with more frequency, if only because he is throwing more often.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Melendez.


    Round 5

    Masivdal is pressing forward with more urgency in the final frame, but it will likely be too little too late. The challenger is finding a home for his jab, but he needs a knockout at this point.

    Still, Masvidal isn't putting combinations together. Both fighters let loose in the final minute of the bout, and Masvidal takes the champion's back for a brief moment with a takedown, but this should be a lopsided decision in Melendez's favor.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Masvidal.

     

    Melendez defeats Masvidal by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46).

     

    In his post-fight interview with Mauro Ranallo, Melendez challenged the UFC lightweight champion to a fight in Strikeforce's hexagonal cage.

     

     

Cristiane Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka

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    Round 1

    Cristiane Santos drops Hiroko Yamanaka with a right hand shortly after the bell. Yamanaka works her way back to her feet, but the Japanese fighter gets dropped with another right hand, which forces a stop to the fight.

    Santos defeats Yamanaka by technical knockout (punches) at 0:16 of the first round.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux

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    Round 1

    Unsurprisingly, Gegard Mousasi looks to be the much more technical striker early on. He lands a solid kick to the body of Ovince St. Preux along the fence.

    Mousasi is controlling the center of the cage. A St. Preux kick is caught, and Mousasi takes his opponent to the canvas. Mousasi postures up and works his ground and pound. He moves to side control and secures the crucifix position.

    St. Preux scrambles and nearly escapes, but Mousasi moves back to side control. St. Preux looks to be caught in a kimura, but he somehow reverses Mousasi.

    Mousasi sweeps St. Preux and lands blows from the crucifix position as the round comes to an end.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Mousasi.


    Round 2

    St. Preux looks to take Mousasi down immediately, but the former champion stuffs the attempt and scores a trip takedown of his own.

    Mousasi works to half guard and works some methodical ground and pound until the referee stands the fighters up. St. Preux takes advantage of the questionable stand-up by taking Mousasi to the canvas.

    Mousasi escapes to his feet from side control after taking little damage. The round ends with Mousasi stuffing another St. Preux takedown attempt.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Mousasi.


    Round 3

    Mousasi catches a knee and presses St. Preux against the fence. Mousasi scores another takedown and takes St. Preux's back momentarily. St. Preux spins and takes Mousasi down with a single leg, though.

    St. Preux transitions to full mount, but Mousasi hip escapes and takes St. Preux's back with a sloppy double leg. Mousasi loses the top position and fends off a D'Arce choke as the fight comes to an end.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 St. Preux (29-28 Mousasi).

     

    Mousasi defeats St. Preux by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

KJ Noons vs. Billy Evangelista

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    Round 1

    KJ Noons scores a surprising takedown early, but Billy Evangelista quickly hip escapes and regains his feet. Evangelista looks for a takedown of his own along the cage, but Noons escapes as Evangelista looks to latch onto a guillotine choke.

    Noons jabs and scores with some leg kicks before eating a big elbow against the fence. Masvidal scores with a looping left hook shortly after.

    An uppercut misses for Noons, but he lands a follow-up right hook. The round ends with Evangelista landing strikes against the cage.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Noons.


    Round 2

    Noons is keeping distance well with his jab and using kicks, which he hasn't done in the past. The professional boxer scores with a nice combination.

    A straight right lands to the chin of Evangelista, who smiles back at Noons. Evangelista answers with a right hook and stuffs a Noons takedown attempt. Evangelista makes Noons pay with a knee, but Noons places his hand on the canvas to avoid further damage.

    Both fighters plant their feet in the center of the cage and trade blows. Evangelista cracks Noons' thigh with a leg kick. Noons looks to take the fight to the ground, but Evangelista stuff the attempt again.

    B/R scores the round 10-9 Evangelista.


    Round 3

    Noons and Evangelista hit each other with solid right hands in the opening minute of the round. Noons catches his opponent with a head kick, which prompts a takedown attempt from Evangelista.

    Evangelista attempts a front choke, and it looks deep, but Noons fights it off and presses forward with punches. Evangelista lands a straight right, and both fighters land solid left hooks.

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

     

    Noons defeats Evangelista by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).