Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg Results - Nick Diaz Submits Evangelista Santos In Classic Brawl

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg Results - Nick Diaz Submits Evangelista Santos In Classic Brawl

Evangelista Santos, aka Cyborg, is one of the most entertaining brawlers in the history of mixed martial arts. With a middle of the road record upon first glance and only one fight at welterweight he had many fans claiming that he was not worthy of a shot at Nick Diaz and the Strikeforce welterweight crown. For the better part of two rounds Cyborg proved the doubters wrong by going nearly punch for punch with Diaz before making a tactical error that got him submitted via armbar.

Through two rounds Cyborg stuck to the gameplan of landing hard leg kicks, right straights and uppercuts while Diaz kept distance with a powerful jab and occasional right hand. The two men seemed to be engaged in some violent agreement to take turns landing heavy blows. Diaz would pin Cyborg to the cage and flurry only to have Cyborg get distance and land leg kicks and blistering right hands and then they're repeat.

With about thirty seconds left in round two, Cyborg went for a takedown and quickly found himself defending against an armbar. Diaz was able to get the arm fully extended with about ten seconds to go and force the tap. The takedown only makes sense if it was Cyborg attempting to secure the round on the judges scorecards but it was a bad idea to play into one of Diaz's main strengths in the submission game.

Cyborg should have earned everyone's respect with his performance tonight and Diaz managed to survive a legitimate challenge to retain his title. This was a great fight to cap a fun card for Strikeforce and we should get to see if Diaz can handle another big time striker if Strikeforce makes the logical fight for him against Paul Daley.

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Strikeforce: Diaz Vs. Cyborg Results - Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza Submits Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler had gone years without losing a fight at 185 pounds but that streak came to an end with a third round rear naked choke by Jacare Souza. The fight was a great back-and-forth fight that had great moments for both guys.

The first round saw an early takedown for Souza where he worked the side control position and landed some strikes. Lawler managed to escape back to his feet and land some hard punches that put Jacare on rubber legs. As Jacare stumbled around the cage, Lawler unloaded with more shots and put Souza on his back. Rather than force him to get back up where Robbie may have finished the fight he chose to go to the ground. Jacare recovered and was ready in the second round.

In round two it was Jacare again getting the takedown but this time he kept control the entire round, landing punches to Lawler's face throughout the frame. In the third it was another takedown but this time as Lawler scrambled he got his back taken and a rear naked choke quickly followed.

Jacare retained his Strikeforce middleweight tile with the victory.

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Strikeforce: Diaz Vs. Cyborg Results - Herschel Walker Destroys Scott Carson

Scott Carson went 4-0 as a professional before taking 9 years off and returning in 2010 with a loss. He was tabbed to fight former NCAA football great Herschel Walker in Walkers second ever MMA fight. Walker wasted no time in proving that he is improving as a fighter by dropping Carson twice in the stand-up and controlling the action on the ground.

Carson threw a headkick early and Walker blitzed him with punches, dropping him in the process. Scott looked to lock up a leglock early but Walker improved position and forced Carson to turtle while riding his back. Walker landed punches constantly in this position, eventually forcing Carson to try to scramble back to his feet. As he tried to stand it was a big shot to the chin that dropped him again and forced the referee to call a halt to the bout.

At 48 years old it's unlikely we'll ever see Walker advance to face the best fighters in the world, but watching the development of a fantastic athlete is always fun for fans of mixed martial arts.

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg Results - Roger Gracie Submits Trevor Prangley In Round One

Many experts felt that Roger Gracie was taking too big of a step up for his fourth mixed martial arts fight when he faced tough veteran Trevor Prangley. Prangley has fought some very tough opponents and is well rounded while many saw Gracie as little more than a jiu-jitsu expert. Roger was more than happy to prove the experts wrong with a first round submission win.

Prangley looked hesitant to engage early on while Gracie used his reach to keep the fight at the distance he wanted. Early in the round Gracie closed distance and took the fight to the ground. From there he patiently improved position and secured mount. Prangley attempted to use the cage to scramble back to his feet but Gracie rolled with him and secured the back. From there it was a matter of locking in a body triangle and getting the choke locked in.

The win improved Gracie to 4-0 and will be in a good position to get an even bigger fight his next time out.

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