(That’s got to sting a bit. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)
What’s the most anti-climactic way for a title fight to end? Okay, the second-most anti-climactic, right behind double KO via simultaneous cardiac arrest? You guessed it: stoppage due to a cut. That’s what did Bobby Southworth in at last night’s Strikeforce. As you can see, it was a nasty one brought on by one of “Babalu” Sobral‘s elbows in the first round. Before the second could start doctors waved it off, and just that easy “Babalu” is now the Strikeforce champ.
In other action, Kim Couture put her increased aggression to good use, while her opponent fought very much like we expected given her scared-soccer-mom appearance at the weigh-in. Duane “Bang” Ludwig earned a decision victory over Yves Edwards. And Scott Smith knocked Terry Martin out cold in just twenty-four seconds. Looks like there’ll be a Christmas at the “Hands of Steel” household, after all.
Full results after the jump.
Bobby Stack def. Cyrillo Padilha via unanimous decision
Eric Lawson def. Tony Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:28 of round 1
Kurt Osiander def. Josh Neal via TKO (punches) at 2:16 of round 1
Brian Schwartz def. Lemont Davis via KO at 2:22 of round 3
Scott Smith def. Terry Martin via KO at 0:24 of round 1
Renato “Babalu” Sobral def. Bobby Southworth via TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to cut), round 1
Duane “Bang” Ludwig def. Yves Edwards via unanimous decision.
Kim Couture def. Lina Kvokov via TKO (punches) at 1:44 of round 1
Joe Riggs def. Luke Stewart via TKO (punches) at 2:05 of round 2
Luke Rockhold def. Nik Theotikos via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 of round 1
Darren Uyenoyama def. Brad Royster via unanimous decision
Alvin Cacdac def. Jose Palacios via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:10 of round 2
Zackary Bucia def. Adam Steele via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:35 of round 1