Strikeforce Results & Live Play-by-Play

Oct 9, 2010
Sherdog.com will report from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., at approximately 7:40 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of Strikeforce "Diaz vs. Noons II", which is headlined by a rematch pitting Nick Diaz against K.J. Noons.

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David Blanco vs. Christian Buron
Round 1
Blanco runs across the cage to meet his opponent and catches a Buron body kick. He uses the leg to land a right hand over the top and drop Buron. He climbs on top and starts pounding, but Buron recovers. Buron rocks Blanco with a right hand Blanco gives up his back. Buron can't finish. Now both men are swinging in the middle of the cage. They end up against the fence in a stalemate as the round ends. 10-9 Blanco.

Round 2
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Blanco (left) vs. Buron
Buron throws a high kick, but it's blocked. Blanco is moving around the ring and defending well. He charges, but is met by a Buron flurry. Buron executes a nice hip toss, but Blanco pops right back up. Blanco lands a stiff uppercut. Buron scores a takedown, but it is immediately reversed. The round ends before Blanco can do any damage. 10-9 Buron.

Round 3
Buron lands a left straight to start the round, but Blanco charges forward. The pair clinch on the fence, and Blanco scores a takedown. He's controlling Buron in side mount, landing shoulder butts and choppy right hands to Buron's ribs. Buron recovers guard and swivels for an armbar, but Blanco defends and lands shots to Buron's face as the round expires. 10-9 Blanco.


Official: Split decision for Blanco with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29.

Alan Francis Perez vs. Johnathan Del Rosario
Round 1
The fighters touch gloves to open the round. Perez is working his jab, and lands a nice body kick. The fighters clinch. Perez bulls forward, but is thrown into the cage face-first for his trouble. Relentless, Perez finally secures a takedown, landing in side control. Perez is content to hold position. Del Rosario recovers guard briefly and mule-kicks Perez off, but Perez is right back on top. Now he has an anaconda choke. It looks deep, but Del Rosario will not quit as the round ends. 10-9 Perez.

Round 2
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Perez (left) vs. Del Rosario
Perez charges forward immediately, but Del Rosario stuffs his takedown attempt, landing on top himself. Perez is going for a kimura from bottom, but has no leverage on the bottom in side control. Del Rosario gains back control, but can't secure the hooks. He finally sinks those hooks in, but time expires before he can apply a choke. 10-9 Del Rosario.

Round 3
Both fighters exchange and end up against the fence. They exchange punches until Perez lands a hard, clean shot, and Del Rosario crumples to the mat. The referee calls a stop to the fight at 0:48 of round three.

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Hess (top) vs. Faria
Jared Hess vs. Eric Faria
Round 1
Both fighters are staying on the outside until Hess shoots in. Faria stuffs it, but Hess grinds him up against the cage until he can finish the double-leg. Faria is defending well, using a high guard to avoid punishment with his head against the fence. Faria tries for an armbar to end the round, but it's not even close. 10-9 Hess.

Round 2
Hess lands a crisp jab to start the round. Faria lands a leg kick and then a push kick. Hess initiates the clinch and secures a takedown. Hess is working for an arm-triangle from the top. It looks deep. Faria submits at 1:13 of round 2.

Jonathan Chaplin vs. Ben Ernest
Round 1
Chaplin lands a right hand that doesn't hurt Ernest, but drops him to his butt for a just a moment. Chaplin is working his jab. Ernest lands a sharp hook to the liver and then a leg kick. Ernest gets the leg trip, but Chaplin reverses it, getting back to his feet. Ernest again grabs him by the collar and pulls Chaplin down, but again Chaplin reverses the position. 10-10.

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Chaplin (top) vs. Ernest
Round 2
Ernest lands another leg kick to start the round, but Chaplin shoots a double and takes him down against the fence. Chaplin passes to side control and starts to land some forearm strikes that look dangerously close to elbow strikes. Chaplin is in total control. 10-9 Chaplin.

Round 3
Chaplin again fires off his jab to begin round three. He follows up with a left hook that drops Ernest against the fence. Heavy ground and pound is coming from Chaplin, now, and the ref is taking a long look at Ernest's defense. Somehow, Ernest survives, though he is trapped under Ernest's mouth.

Incredibly, Ernest rolls him over and reverses the position. Now Ernest is landing shots from the top, and the referee is close to stopping it again. Chaplin survives and holds on from guard to end the round. 10-10.

Official scores: unanimous decision for Chaplin 29-28 (all three cards).

Justin Bronson vs. Robert Johnson
Round 1
Johnson charges in, but Bronson reverses, using a front headlock to control Johnson. Bronson sprawls on a Johnson takedown and swivels around, nearly taking Johnson's back. Bronson is looking for an armbar from back control, but the round ends. 10-9 Bronson.

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Johnson (right) vs. Bronson
Round 2
Bronson charges ahead and clinches, but it's Johnson who reverses this time. Bronson is relentless, however, and scores a pretty hip toss. He transitions into back control, but Johnson turns into him, landing in Bronson's guard. Bronson again reverses, but Johnson is looking for a guillotine. Bronson is out of it and ends the round on top. 10-9 Bronson.

Round 3
Johnson moves forward, but Bronson turns him around. Johnson escapes, and Bronson now looks extremely tired. Johnson is landing shots on the feet, and Bronson is not responding. The referee steps in to save Bronson from further punishment at 1:20 of round three.

Jess Bouscal vs. Luis Mendoza
Round 1
Bouscal comes out aggressive, throwing a front kick and initiating the clinch. He gets the body lock and scores a takedown. Mendoza goes for an armbar on bottom, but Bouscal shrugs him off and lands a nasty hammer fist. Bouscal is doubling up on his punches now, landing to the body and the head. Mendoza is still holding on, but gives up his back. Bouscal locks in the rear-naked choke that looks more like a neck crank and tries to turn it into an arm triangle. Somehow, Mendoza escapes, ending up in Bouscal's guard. Now Mendoza is trying some ground and pound, but Bouscal pushes him off and gets back to his feet. Mendoza catches him coming in, and throws him with a hip toss. Bouscal is back to his fee, and landing knees from a front headlock. Now both men are back to their feet, slugging in the center of the cage. Bouscal clinches and scores another takedown. Bouscal is taking some heavy breaths from top position. Now Bouscal is landing more strikes from top. The round ends in Mendoza's guard. 10-9 Bouscal.

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Bouscal (top) vs. Mendoza
Round 2
Mendoza throws a heavy uppercut but catches a kick to the face for his troubles. Bouscal takes him down. Mendoza looks for a heel hook, but Bouscal escapes and lands a huge shot that looks to knock Mendoza unconscious. Mendoza recovers quickly, but it's unclear if he just went to sleep for a split second. Bouscal continues to control from the top, landing shots to Mendoza's face. Bouscal passes to half guard and then to north-south. He's dropping leather and secures the full mount. Here come the shots. Bouscal locks up an arm-triangle and cinches it for a few seconds before Mendoza finally taps out at 3:00 of round two.

Ron Keslar vs. Josh McDonald
Round 1
Both fighters come out cautiously, with McDonald landing a couple of leg kicks. The fighters clinch, and both men are active, landing short punches and knees. Mendoza presses Keslar against the fence, but he escapes. The two reset in the center of the cage. McDonald tries a double-leg, but Keslar's defense is sound. Both men work from the clinch, and Keslar lands a nice knee to the body as they break. McDonald lands a switch-kick to the body, then a sharp leg kick followed by a nice left hook. Keslar comes storming back, however, landing a right hand and a high kick. He's throwing everything with bad intentions. McDonald shoots the double, but Keslar counters with a guillotine. He can't secure it and the pair again reset. McDonald is way off with a spinning backfist. Keslar charges, and McDonald whiffs on an uppercut. Neither man can land to end the round. 10-9 Keslar.

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Keslar (right) vs. McDonald
Round 2
McDonald is going back to the leg kicks to start the round. He shoots a double, but Keslar stuffs it. Keslar lands a nice lead-right hand and locks up a Thai plum, landing knees to the body of McDonald. Keslar barely misses with a head kick and rushes forward. He again locks up the clinch, but eats and short right hand for his efforts. Both men are sizing each other up from the outside, now. Neither is willing to engage. McDonald land a stiff leg kick followed by a right uppercut. Keslar doesn't appreciate it and fires back. McDonald throws a high kick, but it's blocked. Mendoza wings a right hand, but it doesn't land. With less than a minute to go in the round, McDonald plows ahead and scores a double-leg. He ends the round in top position. 10-9 McDonald.

Round 3
McDonald lands a pair of leg kicks to start round three. Both men look a little tired, now. Keslar takes the center of the cage, but not a ton is happening. McDonald lands a left hook at the same time Keslar lands a jab. McDonald stings his opponent with a sharp leg kick. Both men are swinging and hitting nothing but air. McDonald is moving around the outside, circling to his left. McDonald throws a high kick, but it's blocked. Keslar fires off a one-two, but it hits nothing. McDonald again stings him with a pair of leg kicks. Keslar is finally pressing the action, but he's still not landing. 10-9 McDonald.

Official scores: McDonald takes the unanimous decision with tallies of 29-28 across the board.

James Terry vs. David Marshall
Round 1
Terry lands a stiff left jab followed by a leg kick. Terry lands a hard right hand. Marshall looks out of sorts on his feet, as he gets popped with another jab and then a wicked superman punch. Terry lands a hard right hand as Marshal comes in. It's unbelieveable that Marshall's knees haven't buckled yet. Terry lands a massive leg kick. Marshall looks to be settling in, but he's still taking heavy punishment, including a colossal left hook that lands flush on Marshall's cheek. Terry lands another left hook and then a high kick. Marshall's only weapon is the leg kick. Terry accidentally pokes him in the eye. Once Marshall is recovered, Terry again stings him with a superman punch. Either Marshall's chin is amazing, or Terry's power is suspect. 10-8 Terry.

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Terry (left) vs. Marshall
Round 2
Marshall clinches immediately, but Terry spins off the cage and reestablishes distance. The fighters trade leg kicks. Terry lands a right hand, followed by a left hook to the body and then the head. Terry lands a right to the body. Marshall is bleeding from the face visibly. Marshall tries a right hand, but there's no power to it. Marshall shoots a single, but Terry slips out easily. Terry is landing at will. He connects with a sharp right hand and a thudding leg kick. Marshall sighs heavily at his inability to score. Terry lands yet another superman punch, this time dropping Marshall just as the round ends. 10-8 Terry.


Round 3
Marshall comes out for the third round valiantly. He stuff's a Terry takedown and tries to land a knee. Terry is keeping his distance until Marshall initiates the clinch and jumps into guard. He lets it go, but pulls guard again moments later, this time pulling Terry down with him. Terry escapes as soon as Marshall opens his guard. Back on the feet, Marshall is doing slightly better, though he's still getting the worst of the exchanges. Marshall lands another superman punch and a crisp leg kick before hitting Marshall with a lead-leg high kick that slaps against Marshall's cheek. Terry catches a low kick and fires off a right straight. Another superman punch from Terry, followed by a left hook, a high kick and a flying knee to end the round. 10-8 Terry.

Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 30-26 for Terry, who takes the unanimous decision.

Steve Dickey vs. Justin Willis
Round 1
Dickey charges forward, but Willis changes levels and takes him down. Dickey struggles to his feet, but he eats some big shots for his trouble. He's cut above his left eye. Willis tries a belly-to-belly suplex, but Dickey posts an arm and secures the mount. Willis rolls over and Dickey transitions to back control. Willis escapes and struggles to his feet, with both men now engaged in the clinch. Dickey catches a knee low just before the round ends. 10-9 Dickey.

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Dickey vs. Willis
Round 2
Willis lands a hard inside leg kick, knocking Dickey down. Willis again sweeps him with that inside leg kick. Dickey lands a foot stop from the clinch. Both men are trading, but Dickey is getting the worst of it. He's moving forward, but Willis is punishing him for doing so. 10-9 Willis.

Round 3
Willis leads with a left hand, but Dickey counters with a spinning back fist. The fighters clinch, and Willis is now landing heavy knees to Dickey's body. Willis takes him down, and Dickey pulls guard. Willis passes to half guard, landing light shots in the process. 10-9 Willis.

Official scores: Willis takes the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-29.

Tyron Woodley vs. Andre Galvao
Round 1
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Woodley (left) vs. Galvao
Referee Josh Rosenthal officiates the first televised bout of the evening. The welterweights tag one another with jabs to open up. Galvao shoots a high single-leg which Woodley easily sprawls on, then delivers a flurry of short punches to the head. Galvao stands and tries another takedown, and again Woodley slips it. A third takedown attempt from Galvao yields nothing, and this time Woodley lands a few hard right hands before Galvao can get up. Galvao stands on rubbery legs and dives for Woodley's leg once again. This time, Woodley catches him on the way in and Galvao falls on his face. Rosenthal dives in for the save at 1:48 of the first round.

Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship
Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen

Round 1
Dan Stell is the referee for this title bout. Both women circle tentatively, Coenen throwing some hard punches which whiff and some outside leg kicks which don't. Both beginning to open up with combinations after 90 seconds. Kaufman is getting the better of the exchanges, but Coenen still landing leg kicks. Coenen initiates the clinch, but Kaufman gets underhooks and puts the challenger's back to the fence. Stell doesn't like the clinch work and breaks them up. Coenen lands a hard overhand right followed by a left hook, then ducks inside for underhooks. Kaufman again reverses and walks Coenen across the cage as the Golden Glory product looks for knees from the Thai clinch. They stall out against the fence, drawing boos, and Stell restarts them again. They trade a few exchanges and clinch up again as the round ends.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Coenen
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Coenen
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Coenen

Round 2
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Coenen (bottom) vs. Kaufman
Kaufman is looking for combinations, but Coenen using her range well to avoid damage. They clinch, and again Kaufman muscles Coenen's back to the fence. The pair trade low knees in the clinch, but it's mostly jockeying for position. The crowd lets them hear it and the ref breaks it up. Coenen lands a kick to the body; Kaufman absorbs it and catches the leg, rushing Coenen into the cage. They trade knees until Stell splits them up with a minute remaining in the frame. Hard right straight lands for Coenen. Kaufman charges in to clinch, but Coenen uses a beautiful trip to send the champ to the mat. Kaufman winds up on top, though, and it's Coenen trying an armbar from underneath. Kaufman escapes just as the round expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Coenen
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Coenen
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-10

Round 3
Coenen scores another takedown early in the third, but Kaufman quickly sweeps. The challenger angles for a submission and Kaufman nudges her toward the cage. Kaufman postures up in Coenen's guard and begins going wild with hammerfists. Coenen catches the champion's right arm and straightens out an armbar as Kaufman stands. Referee Stell jumps in for the stoppage at 1:59 of the third round, and Marloes Coenen is the new Strikeforce women's 135-pound champion.

Josh Thomson vs. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante
Round 1
John McCarthy is the referee for this lightweight tilt. Cavalcante lands a leg kick and rushes Thomson into the fence with over-unders. "JZ" working for the takedown as McCarthy warns him against holding the fence. They disengage and Thomson lands a few teep and leg kicks. Cavalcante drops Thomson with a right hand and Thomson shoots, dazed. The Brazilian grabs an arm-in guillotine and jumps guard. The choke looks extremely tight, but Thomson rides it out for what seems like half a minute and works from Cavalcante's guard. Cavalcante works the rubber guard and tries for a triangle, then an armbar, but Thomson extracts himself. Thomson grabs a tight arm-triangle choke with less than 20 seconds left, but "JZ" survives.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante

Round 2
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Thomson (top) vs. Cavalcante
The pair feel one another out for 30 seconds until "JZ" rushes in with an uppercut and backs Thomson into the cage. Thomson reverses and throws knees to the inside of both of Cavalcante's thighs and knees. Midway through the second and not much is happening in the way of offense as the lightweight clinch along the perimeter. Thomson trips Cavalcante down and takes his back, but Cavalcante gets to his knees and then rolls over. Thomson with another arm-triangle attempt, then lets it go to work from Cavalcante's half-guard. The American postures up and throws a few hard shots before the bell.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 3
Cavalcante stuffs a Thomson takedown to open the final round, and they're soon clinching again with Thomson pressing "JZ" into the cage. Cavalcante stays vertical as Thomson tries to trip him down, then lands a trip of his own. In the ensuing scramble, Cavalcante finds himself in mount, but Thomson does well to limit his offense with head-and-arm control. Cavalcante gets stuffed back to half-guard, then full. Thomson pulls rubber guard and showboats to the crowd. They stand with two minutes left in the fight. Both men shoot simultaneously; it's Cavalcante who catches Thomson changing levels and puts him on his back. "JZ" is content pushing a sitting Thomson against the fence, not looking to mount any sort of offense. Thomson trying to get busy late with punches and upkicks, but Cavalcante maintains the position.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante (29-28 Cavalcante)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante (29-28 Cavalcante)
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Cavalcante (29-28 Cavalcante)

Official scores: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for Thomson, the winner by unanimous decision.

Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons

Round 1
Referee Josh Rosenthal is back in the cage for the main event of the evening. Noons stalks across the cage, but it’s Diaz landing early with slapping leg kicks. Diaz puts a jab in Noons’ face and Noons answers with a combination to the body. Right hand from Diaz takes the legs from beneath Noons, and Diaz chases him to the mat. Diaz passes to side control on Noons’ left side and ties him up with head-and-arm control. Noons pushes off and creates some space, then finds his way back to his feet with two minutes left. Right hook connects for Diaz, and the Californian begins pouring on more punches. Noons’ counter-punches largely missing, but he does land a solid right to the body. Diaz working his jab and jawing away at Noons, who’s still missing with the bulk of his punches.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Diaz

Round 2
Noons lands an overhand left and cuts Diaz open in the first minute of the round. Diaz shoots a long shot and Noons runs from the takedown attempt. Noons starting to string together combinations, getting inside with his jab and digging to the breadbasket. Blood is flowing into the right eye of Diaz as he tries to reestablish his range. Noons looks far more comfortable than in the first, walking right up to Diaz and landing hard combinations, effective right hands, and jump knees to the body.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Noons
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Noons
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Noons

Round 3
Diaz’ corner looks to have done good work on his cut between rounds. He shoots early, but Noons anticipates and shirks it. Noons continues to dig to the body with his punches, then goes upstairs with a hard left hook. He’s beating Diaz to the punch, but Diaz is still using his reach to slip his jab through. Diaz taunts Noons, who rushes forward and gets popped for his trouble. Diaz tries some kicks to the body, but they’re not much. Noons aims his left hand at the cut on Diaz’ brow, which is staying shut. Noons’ own nose is significantly bloodied by the end of the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Diaz

Round 4
Diaz showing an array of kicks -- axe kick, spinning back kick, roundhouse -- to begin the championship rounds, but nothing lands. He pops Noons with a few jabs and opens up the challenger’s nose again. Noons continues to push the action, though, winging overhand lefts as he gives chase and short rights to the body when they clinch up. Right straight by Noons is followed by a hard left hook. The clinch, and Diaz lands a single knee which causes Noons to disengage. Noons blasts Diaz with a right, but Diaz answers by grabbing the Thai plum and landing another knee, then a follow-up right which appears to stagger Noons.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Diaz

Round 5
Noons slips on a combo and Diaz tries to capitalize with an ankle pick, but Noons slips it. Diaz putting hard punches on Noons now, and adding some slapping head kicks to the face. They tie up and each man pounds away with punches -- Diaz to the head, Noons to the body. Noons leaps forward with a hard left hook which finds its mark. After Noons comes over the top with a solid right, Diaz tries to tie up. Noons, predictably, wants none of it, and goes back to pouring on the combinations. Thirty seconds left and Noons likely needs a finish here. He doesn’t get it, but does land more shots down the home stretch.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Diaz (49-46 Diaz)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Noons (48-47 Diaz)
Tomas Rios scores the round 10-9 Diaz (49-46 Diaz)

Official scores: and 48-47, 49-47 and 49-46 for the winner by unanimous decision, Nick Diaz.
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