Last night’s Strikeforce card at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills featured two Japanese stars making successful debuts for the organization, lightweight champ Josh Thomson easily winning his squash match, and impressive performances by Terry Martin, Trevor Prangley, and Luke Stewart. In the night’s main event, #9-ranked middleweight Kazuo Misaki went toe-to-toe with Joe Riggs, with both fighters hesitant to engage in the first round. Riggs dropped Misaki with a straight left in the second, but Misaki hopped back up and connected with a straight right that sent Riggs to the mat. Misaki threw down blows from above until referee Josh Rosenthal declared it a TKO; Riggs immediately complained about the stoppage, despite Rosenthal’s repeated (and unanswered) warnings for Riggs to improve his position.
In a relatively pointless non-title fight, Josh Thomson disposed of Lion’s Den product Ashe Bowman in just over a minute. Aside from a stiff overhand right from Bowman that landed flush on Thomson’s chin, the match belonged to The Punk, who swarmed his opponent with punches to end the match. His victory sets up a future match with Shooto/PRIDE/Dream vet Mitsuhiro Ishida, who won his Strikeforce debut last night with a submission over the far-outmatched Justin Wilcox. See the above video for Ishida’s unbelievable transition from kimura to armbar (2:36-2:42), which apparently didn’t feel very pleasant for Wilcox.
Full results and video of the Thomson/Bowman fight after the jump.
Kazuo Misaki def. Joe Riggs via TKO at 2:29, R2
Josh Thompson def. Ashe Bowman via TKO at 1:14, R1
Terry Martin def. Cory Devela via TKO (strikes) at 2:08, R3
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Justin Wilcox via submission (armbar) at 1:21, R1
Trevor Prangley def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision
Luke Stewart def. Jesse Juarez via submission (armbar) at 4:55, R1
Eric Lawson def. Kenneth Seegrist via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07, R1
Brandon Magana def. Brandon Thatch via split decision
Jesse Gillespe def. Dave Martin via split decision
(Josh Thomson vs. Ashe Bowman; props to MMA Root)