Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 - Live Results

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 Results - Nick Diaz Wins Hard Fought Decision

For five rounds Nick Diaz and KJ Noons stood and traded punches. At times it was the long, rangy striking of Diaz that was most effective as he worked the jabs and straight right hands with much success. At other times Noons used hard inside hooks, body shots and an effective jab of his own.

In the first round Noons appeared to have trouble finding his range while Diaz landed sharp punches and controlled the action. In the second round Noons started to land powerful shots and opened a cut over the right eye of Diaz. It brought back memories of their first meeting where Noons had won by a cut stoppage. Round three saw Diaz take the action back over while Noons appeared to be tiring and fading. Noons would come back in the fourth round, turning up his punch output and starting to land at a higher rate. The final round saw Diaz control the action and start to pull away on the cards.

The official scorecards read 48-47, 49-47, 49-46 all for Nick Diaz who retained his Strikeforce welterweight championship.

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 Results - Josh Thomson Decisions Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante

Josh Thomson managed to win a unanimous decision over Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante despite repeatedly being in danger. In the first round Thomson scored a takedown but found himself trapped in what looked to be a deep arm-in guillotine for over a minute. Thomson survived, landed a flurry of punches before locking in a deep arm triangle choke before the round ended.

The second round saw Thomson control the round taking JZ's back and landing several punches and generally controlling the action. In the final frame JZ was able to get a takedown and spend a large part of the round in mount. Although Thomson defended ably and took very little damage he clearly lost the round on position.

The judges scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 all for Thomson. It seems pretty inexcusable for a judge to give all three rounds to Thomson given the action in the third. While SB Nation scored the bout 29-28 Cavalcante it was easy to see giving Thomson the first two rounds, but all three is somewhat absurd.

Regardless, the former champion had his hand raised and will move closer to a chance for a rubber match with current champion Gilbert Melendez.

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 Results - Marloes Coenen Wins Women's Welterweight Title With Armbar

For two rounds it appeared that current Strikeforce women's welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman would be able to use strong grappling against the cage to work to a decision win over Marloes Coenen. Kaufman appeared quicker in the striking department and Coenen was trying, unsuccessfully, to counterpunch but was too slow.

In the third round Coenen took Kaufman down but was quickly swept. As Kaufman attempted to open up with strikes Coenen very quickly transitioned to an armbar that forced the champion to tap out and crown a new champion.

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 Results - Tyron Woodley Makes Quick Work Of Andre Galvao

It only took slightly over two minutes for Tyron Woodley to finish Andre Galvao in a battle of prospects on the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 undercard. Galvao was stung by a right hand early in the fight before defending a shot from Andre and landing a big punch. As Galvao got back to his feet he was clearly on wobbly legs and he quickly tried to shoot in again. Woodley landing a few more punches as Galvao briefly went limp and the referee was forced to step in and call an end to the bout.

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