Harder to pick than a broken nose indeed. Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum kicked off with the de riguer questionable decision as Isaac Vallie-Flag got the nod from 2/3 of the judges. Fighters, just an FYI if you ever see Judges Jesse Reyes and Dan Mathisen working one of your fights, look to get taken down a couple of times in the swing round cause that's what they're looking for. And get beat up on the feet too just to ice the deal.
For full blow-by-blow results check out Luke Thomas' live blog of the bout. pparently being taken down twice and beat up on the feet is enough to win a round because that's about all that Vallie-Flag did in the first and third rounds.
Melancon came in heavy against Isaac Vallie-Flagg -- he missed the welterweight limit of 170lbs by a full 5lbs. -- and hitting hard early. Melancon looked overwhelming to start the bout, he busted up Vallie-Flagg on the feet then took him down for a tour of dominant positions on the ground. Melancon tried out side mount, full mount and back mount, even throwing in a rear naked choke attempt in at one point, but he wasn't able to finish Vallie-Flag in the first.
Vallie-Flag came back for an extremely even second round as the two mostly traded on the feet. At one point Vallie-Flag landed a nice overhand right but Melancon answered with a sharp uppercut at the same time.
In the third, Melancon forced a clinch against the fence but Vallie-Flag answered with knees. A nifty trip toss from Melancon led to another tour of dominant positions, side mount, full mount before Vallie-Flag got guard and then back up to his feet. Vallie-Flag answered with sharp elbows and knees in the clinch.
Melancon clearly needs to put more judges on his Xmas card list.