(6/6/2009)
12:09 to Review
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Tyron Woodley - 94.1
2. Brett Rogers - 93.5
3. Nick Diaz - 92.7
4. Jake Shields - 91.7
5. Joe Riggs - 91.4
6. Mike Kyle - 91.2
7. Robbie Lawler - 90.5
8. Mike Whitehead - 90.1
9. Scott Smith - 89.7
10. Kevin Randleman - 89.3
Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Elevation: 465'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith
91.1
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.5
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
2:42
(Unaired)
N/A
DQ
(Illegal Knee)
3:26
(Unaired)
89.8
Submission
(Brabo Choke)
4:20
      This fight was an AWESOME debut for Tryon Woodley. He started the fight off, by slamming Woods a couple of times, and absolutely dominating him on the ground with his wrestling skills. He beat the shit out of him with some really hard punches, and eventually locked on the D'Arce choke for the submission victory at the end of the first round. Granted, Salvador Woods isn't exactly a great challenge for anyone, but Tyron Woodley definitely looks like a potential future champion.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:06
(Unaired)
88.6
TKO
(Punches)
9:05
      This fight was kind of slow paced, without a lot of action happening in the first round. The second round though, had Feijao taking the fight to the ground, and unleashing some ground & pound from Kyle's guard. Feijao tried to work his ground game to pass Kyle's guard, but eventually, they both stood back up, where Kyle knocked Feijao down with a big punch, followed by some more big punches on the ground, finishing the fight via referee stoppage. Nice win for Mike Kyle.
N/A
Submission
(Keylock)
1:55
(Unaired)
87.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, but I was really hoping Randleman would win this one. I think Whitehead won the first two rounds, and Randleman almost won the third round with a nice punch that nearly finished Whitehead, followed by some hammerfists. Whitehead ended up getting back to his feet though, and he took Randleman down, and started looking for an arm lock. In the end, this was a pretty close fight, and probably could have gone either way, but I gave the fight to Whitehead, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with Riggs taking Baroni to the ground, and almost instantly grabbing his back, looking for the rear-naked choke. Baroni was able to spint out of it, leaving Riggs on top in his butterfly guard. Riggs grabbed his back again, and Baroni rolled out of it again. Baroni ended up on top, and beat up Riggs for a little while, but Riggs ended up back in control, looking for another takedown at the end of the round. I was going to give the round to Riggs for controlling the wrestling, but I think I might have to give the first round to Baroni, for landing a lot more strikes. Riggs spent the second round beating up Baroni with more ground & pound and superior wrestling skills. Baroni reversed positions, ending up on top at one point, blasting Riggs with some hard punches on the ground, but they eventually got back to their feet, and Baroni looked tired, and Riggs started picking him apart with leg kicks & punches. Baroni shot for an ugly takedown near the end of the second round, and he fell right into a triangle choke attempt from Riggs. Baroni was able to break out of it, pinning Riggs up against the cage for the final 20 seconds, where Baroni was able to unload a few more punches. Baroni was exhausted in the third round, and Riggs basically beat the shit out of him for the final 5 minutes. In the end, I would scre this fight 29-28 for Joe Riggs, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Riggs, 30-27.
91.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
11:41
      The first round was basically your standard Diaz boxing match, with Diaz picking apart Smith with his crazy boxing. Smith worked his brawling style in there a little bit as well. Smith grabbed Diaz's back in the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round, and he threw Diaz down, but Diaz got right back up and continued to pick apart Smith on the feet with some more punches. The round ended with a wild brawl, and then a final takedown by Diaz, with a trip from the clinch. Close round, but I scored it for Diaz.
      The first minute of the second round went to Smith, for bullying Diaz, but after that, Diaz unloaded on him with some hardcore boxing, beating the shit out of Smith's body, and bloodying up his face with violent punches. Smith clinched, looking to avoid taking more damage, but the referee broke them apart, and Diaz continued to beat the shit out of Smith with his boxing. Diaz landed a couple of hard head kicks, and then continued to chip away at Smith with some more punches. Smith is tough as hell, obviously, but Diaz is on another level. Diaz nearly finished Smith at the end of the round, but Smith was saved by the bell. I have Diaz ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      Smith wanted to touch gloves to start the third round, Diaz said fuck that and punched the shit out of him, so Smith continued to brawl his way back into the fight. They clinched for a few seconds, nothing happened, so the referee broke them up again. Diaz continued to pick apart Smith with punches, Smith tried to clinch, shit got crazy, Diaz dropped him with a body shot, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission a little past 90 seconds into the final round. Another really solid performance by Nick Diaz, pulling off the slick submission victory after working a boxing clinic for 2 full rounds.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
0:22
      Well, that wasn't much of a fight. Rogers ran at Arlovski, punched him in the face a lot, Arlovski got rocked, Rogers continued to chase him down, and he finished him off in 22 seconds of the first round. Really big win for Brett Rogers, but VERY disappointing loss for Arlovski, especially after the way he got dismantled by Fedor in his last fight.
90.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:02
      Oh shit... Lawler came out throwing big overhand punches, and it looked like he was making Shields really nervous. I think I had Lawler winning the first 2 minutes, with his punches, and solid takedown defense. Out of nowhere, Shields got the clinch, locked on a guillotine, jumped in in the air, pulling Lawler to the ground with it, and he finished the fight via submission about halfway through the first round. Pretty awesome win for Jake Shields.
OVERALL 90.5
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