Strikeforce L.A. Results & Live Play-by-Play

Jun 16, 2010
Sherdog.com will report from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., at 10:00 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of Strikeforce "Los Angeles," which is headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral.

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Marcus Kowal vs. Hugo Sandoval
Round 1
Kowal gets a takedown after a brief exchange and Sandoval latches onto a guillotine choke. He can’t keep Kowal in his grasp and Kowal moves towards the mount. Sandoval traps him in half guard and eventually reestablishes his guard. Kowal stands up out of the defensive stalemate and pounds Sandoval with a big shot shot when he flung himself back down on top of him. Sandoval quickly finds himself defending an armbar-triangle series, which he slams his way out of. Sandoval than inexplicably kicks his downed opponent, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in and halt the action. After a brief respite and a point deduction for Sandoval the fight is restarted. Kowal still looks a little groggy and ends up on the end of a Sandoval flurry on the restart but he regains his composure and finishes the round strong. He lands some punches and takes Sandoval’s back in the ensuing scramble on the ground. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-8 for Kowal with the point deduction.

Round 2
Sandoval comes out aggressively in the second round and catches Kowal with a flurry of punches that drops him to the canvas. He follows up with strikes to his prone opponent and bags the victory at just 43 seconds of the second round.

RJ Clifford vs. Jeremy Umphries
Round 1
Umphries charges out and throws a couple of wild punches before hitting a low single to get Clifford to the mat. Clifford reaches for a kimura immediately and begins to work his way back to his feet. He stands for a brief moment but Umphries slings him back to the ground from a back body lock and tries to take his back. He gets one hook in, but can’t fully lock in his legs. Clifford again rises to his feet but Umphries is unrelenting and rides him back to the ground. Umphries will not let go of the reverse body lock and knees to the legs from behind. Clifford gets back to his feet again and this time turns into Umphries and gets and over-under clinch. He clears his opponent and gets a takedown of his own. Clifford tries to get the ground-and-pound going in the final 30 seconds of the round but it is not enough to steer the round into his column. Sherdog scores round one for Umphries 10-9.

Round 2
Umphries gets a takedown early in the second and grabs a familiar body lock as Clifford works his way back to his feet. Umphries utilizes the position to take him back to the ground. Clifford gets his guard and tries to hip out but Umphries moves to his back and gets both hooks in. He begins to work a rear-naked choke. Clifford holds out as long as he can but eventually loses consciousness and referee “Big” John McCarthy steps in to stop the bout at 2:27 of the second round.

K.J. Noons vs. Conor Heun
Round 1
Heun charges right at Noons and misses a jab. Heun drops levels for a single and Noons has none of it. Heun throws right hand and Noons lights him up with an uppercut. Heun glances the face of his opponent with a headkick. Heun lands a stiff jab and and a low kick before scoring with a right-handed uppercut. Noons gets lazy with his jab and gets a hard kick to the body. Noons punches the midsection and gets his revenge. Noons misses a headkick and Heun gets a fast takedown. Noons tries to scramble to his feet and Heun transitions to the back. Heun locks on a body triangle and looks for a rear-naked choke. Noons turns and eats left hands from the mount. Noons bucks off his opponent to side control, but it takes Heun little time to return to the mount and back. Heun looks to set up an armbar and Noons defends and gets to his feet. Noons drops Heun to the canvas with a right hand at the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Heun
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Heun
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Heun

Round 2
Noons goes to the body with a right hook and Heun misses two head kicks. Heun charges forward again and gets hit with a short right on top of his head. Noons -- a pro boxer -- lands a crisp three-punch combo and finishes to the body. Heun fakes the shot and Noons blasts him with a left hook. Noons connects with a jumping knee to the body. Noons has found a rhythm and is starting to pick Heun apart with his hands. Heun waves his opponent on and lands a knee to the midsection. Noons snaps Heun’s head back with a jab and a hook that wobbles Heun’s legs. The damaged fighter sucks it up and cracks Noons with a right-hand counter before missing a sloppy head kick. Noons continues his assault on the body and Heun sneaks in a knee to the chin. Noons’ left hook finds a home on the chin of its prey. Noons kick the body and then has his leg caught on a low kick attempt. Heun secures the single-leg takedown as time expires.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Noons
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Noons
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Noons

Round 3
Heun storms after Noons with his hands and wild kicks to the body and head. Noons shows nice footwork in avoiding the blows. Noons connects with a front kick and blocks two kicks to the body. A jumping knee clips Heun’s face and blood starts to trickle from a cut near the left eye. Two left hooks slam into Heun’s face. Noons sets up a flawless one-two with a jab. The fighters clash heads, but luckily neither man is cut. Heun telegraphs a single-leg attempt and Noons easily avoids it. Heun shoots again and Noons steps out and away. Heun is still aggressive, but his strikes have lost some steam; perhaps a result of all the failed shots as Heun shoots over and over. Noons starts to tire as both hands drop to his waist in the pocket. Noons catches a second wind and lands a knee to the body. The fighters trade wild knees and punches at the horn to signal the end of an entertaining contest.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Noons (29-28 Noons)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Noons (29-28 Noons)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Noons (29-28 Noons)

Official scores: 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29 for the winner by split decision, K.J. Noons.

Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Prangley
Round 1
Kennedy lands a low kick and backs Prangley up against the fence. Kennedy tries to trip Prangley with an underhook, but the veteran uses a whizzer to fling him to the floor. Kennedy scrambles up and returns to work on a single. Prangley defends and gets hit with a right standing elbow. Prangley trips Kennedy to the canvas, but Kennedy quickly scrambles and gets the takedown. Kennedy controls from half guard and passes to the mount. Kennedy controls the right wrist and punches the head. Prangley gives up his back and Kennedy transitions to the dominant position and locks up a standing rear-naked choke. Prangley taps quickly at 3:35 of round one.

Marius Zaromskis vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
Round 1
Zaromskis strikes first with a straight right and Cyborg connects with wild counter punches from both hands. Again Zaromskis is blasted with a counter right hand. The Dream champion stumbles back to the cage and recovers as Cyborg swings for the fences and hits air. Cyborg is starting to land his right hand with consistency. Zaromskis rockets a left-legged head kick that is blocked. Cyborg lands a hard low kick and his opponent switches stances. Cyborg gets through Zaromskis guard again to connect with a low kick and a left hook. Zaromskis jumps into the air for a knee and the Brazilian clips him with a left and a right on the chin. The champion goes down and Cyborg swarms with punches until referee Herb Dean saves Zaromskis at 2:38 of the first.

Robbie Lawler vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral
Round 1
Babalu starts the duel with a low kick. Lawler throws a wild left hook and defends a takedown as the bigger fighter ties him up. Babalu connects with a knee to the chin and several to the body before referee “Big” John McCarthy restarts the fighters in the center of the cage. Lawler lands a left and again Babalu moves him to the fence from the clinch. Lawler gets distance and lands a clean right on the eye of his foe. Babalu connects with a left-leg low kick and gets a follow-up single. Lawler scrambles to his feet and escapes a guillotine. A kick from Lawler is caught and Babalu drags him to the floor. Lalwer pops back up following a failed brabo choke attempt from the Brazilian. Babalu lands a kick to the body and Lawler’s left side turns red. A Babalu shot is stuffed and both fighters land right hands.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Babalu
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Lawler
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Lawler gets busy to begin the second frame. He lands a left hook and sprawls on a takedown attempt. Lawler eats a kick to the body before delivering a right hand. Both fighters are showing damage as a welt forms on the left side of Lawler’s ribs and Babalu’s right eye swells. Babalu lands a low kick and Lawler tries to bait him in by playing hurt. Babalu does not bite. The Brazilian connects with a high-flying head kick, but it lands with little impact. Babalu lands a low kick and a knee to the body. Lawler lands a jab and is hit with a counter-right hand after landing another. Both fighters land clean right hands against the fence and Babalu clipc Lawler with a knee to the chin. Lawler connects with a right-hook counter.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Babalu
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Babalu
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Babalu

Round 3
Babalu lands a kick to the body and Lawler hits air with a strong counter flurry. Babalu connects to the left side of Lawler’s body with another kick. Lawler gets in his best combo of the fight: a right hook, left-hook combo that lands flush. Babalu paws a lazy jab and the Brazilian lands a low kick. Lawler is looking for the knockout with each punch and it’s starting to wear on his cardio. Babalu has a head kick and a spinning-back fist blocked and then he expodes with a straight right to the body that hurt Lawler. Babalu does not follow up, but he continues to chase Lawler. The former Pat Miletich-trained fighter then turns the tide and starts to chase a retreating Babalu in the fight’s final minute. Lawler lands a right hand, but for the most part, Babalu blocks Lawler’s attempts at violence until the horn sounds.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lawler (29-28 Babalu)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Babalu (29-28 Babalu)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Babalu (30-28 Babalu)

All three official judges see the bout 20-28 for winner by unanimous decision, Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
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