STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ v. DALEY COVERAGE
By: Mike Coughlin
Mike Coughlin here. Dave's having issues getting the Internet to work. By issues I mean: there is no Internet in the building. As such, I've gotten the call and will be providing Strikeforce results all night. At the end of this missive will be the Quick Results for the night, in case you want to not deal with all the annoying crap I'll write.
Frank Shamrock just told us that Gus Johnson has trained jiu-jitsu. This is after a weird history of BJJ that included Heilo Gracie developing the art in the early 1900s...
***LYLE BEERBOHM v. SHINYA AOKI***
Lyle immediately goes into the clinch. Someone's Wanging it. Aoki with a takedown. Takes the back quickly. Seriously, Beerbohm couldn't have had a dumber game plan. Aoki going for the rear naked choke. He gets it. (Looked more like a neck crank, really.) Beerbohm taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: SHINYA AOKI d. LYLE BEERBOHM by SUBMISSION, R1
They just showed Dana sitting cageside wearing a Strikeforce t-shirt. He had a nice shit eating grin.
***(The Armenian)(...)GEGARD MOUSASI v. KEITH JARDINE***
THE REFEREE HAS THE GREATEST 'STACHE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD! OMGZ!!!!!!!!
So far, we've had a "Herky Jerky" and "Unorthodox" referenced for Jardine. Half way through the round and Jardine has managed a couple of takedowns and landed a few leg kicks. Mousasi looks calm but he's giving away the round. More takedowns from Jardine. Mousasi up to his feet and Jardine looks really tired. Mousasi is capitalizing and landing a bunch of punches. Really doing a number on Jardine. But, Keith with an easy takedown. Mauro just referenced "Ox Baker." I mention it because I know Dave would want it that way. Miss ya, Dave. Mauro is going off about how long Jardine gets to take for a break. He'll never live that down. Mousasi had a point deducted. They start again. Mousasi just throwing punches at will and landing over and over again.
Mike Score: 9-9 (would've been 10-9 for Mousasi but he had the point deducted)
Jardine is moving but he's looking tired. As Mauro says Mousasi is landing everything he misses four punches in a row. It happens. Jardine is a bloody mess. He's landing good leg kicks. Jardine just seems to short with his reach. Jardine with a takedown. Mousasi stands up before taking any real damage. Mousasi landed a good combination that hurt Jardine. Keith bulled forward for the takedown and put Mousasi on his back. Mousasi up. Frank said it's good to be 25 - Mousasi is 27. Mousasi just battered Jardine all round.
Mike Score: 10-9, Mousasi
A low blow by Mousasi starts the round. Mauro: "A shot to the peninsula south of the equator." Just say, "The Balls." Mousasi with his own takedown and now he's cranking a guillotine. Sweet mercy, he almost popped his head off but Jardine escaped. Another takedown from Mousasi and he's into the mount. Jardine bucks and rolls Mousasi off. Jardine going for his own takedown but Mousasi stuffs it. Jardine is taking punches and his mouthpiece fell out. Two minutes for Keith to survive. He eats a good right hand off the break. And now Mousasi with a high kick. Jardine is getting battered. Mousasi is on top after a takedown and he's pounding away. Here's a sad but scary idea: the first round was close enough that Jardine could have won it 10-8 (with the point deduction). This fight might end in a draw. Jardine goes for an armbar as it ends but fails.
Mike Score: 10-9, Mousasi
I have it 29-27 for Mousasi. Let's see what the people that matter say...
OFFICIAL RESULT: GEGARD MOUSASI MAJORITY DRAW KEITH JARDINE (29-27 Mousasi, 28-28, 28-28)
Mauro: "There's no way Jardine won that fight." Well, he didn't.
***GILBERT MELENDEZ v. TATSUYA KAWAJIRI***
Match is for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Melendez lands a big right hand early on and that hurt Kawajiri. He lands it again then gets a takedown. Kawajiri bounces right back up. Kawajiri lands a head kick but doesn't seem to have hurt Melendez. Gil with a right hand and then some vicious knees in the clinch. Kawajiri is hurt bad. Melendez pounces and takes the back. Some nice punches to the back of the head. Frank said he needs to "grab a hold." Melendez stuffs a takedown and bulls over Kawajiri. Melendez with some BRUTAL elbows and it's all over as Cecil Peoples steps in.
An absolutely dominating performance by Melendez. The year off didn't have any impact and he put in what is on paper the most impressive win of his career.
Mauro: "I think he showed you spell elbows 'H-E-L-L'." Then there was dead silence on air.
OFFICIAL RESULT: GILBERT MELENDEZ d. TATSUYA KAWAJIRI by TKO, R1
Gilbert repeatedly said "bro" and thanked Johnny Carson. Also, "my girl, the tripod." He did cut a nice little promo saying he wanted to unify the lightweight titles. Showed good fire and made it seem like a big deal for the future.
Jake Shields out. People booing. Shields putting over the idea of Strikeforce fighters invading the UFC.
***NICK DIAZ v. PAUL DALEY***
Match is for the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Daley is swarming with punches but Diaz looks really calm in there. He's pressing forward and taunting Daley. Diaz landing lots of punches and DALEY THE HYPOCRITE SHOOTS IN FOR A TAKEDOWN! Diaz up. Diaz lands a huge left hand. He's simply owning Daley on the feet. Good shots to the body and Daley is on pure defense. Daley lands a beautiful knee. That should have done more damage but Diaz is just watching forward. Big punch and Diaz is DOWN! Diaz surviving but Daley with some good ground and pound. Diaz looks in trouble. Big turn around with that strike. Diaz with some great body shots and now DIAZ LANDS SOMETHING AND DALEY IS DOWN! Ground and pound. Seconds left. McCarthy steps in and it is all over. The round was almost over but it was a fair stoppage.
Awesome awesome fight. Pure action. Back and forth battling, totally worth watching.
OFFICIAL RESULT: NICK DIAZ d. PAUL DALEY by KO/TKO, R1
Now for the real main-event, Nick Diaz talking... Absolutely nonsensical.
Shinya Aoki d. Lyle Beerbohm, Submission, Round One (Rear Naked Choke)
Gegard Mousasi MAJORITY DRAW Keith Jardine (29-27 Mousasi, 28-28, 28-28)
Gilbert Melendez d. Tatsuya Kawajiri, Round One (TKO)
Nick Diaz d. Paul Daley, Round One (KO/TKO)