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Strikeforce Results: “Cyborg” Smashes Carano, Mousasi Destroys Sobral

That sound you heard during the final few seconds of the first round in Strikeforce’s first female main event fight was Gina Carano’s skull changing shape under the pressure of repeated blows from Brazilian powerhouse Cris “Cyborg” Santos.  She overwhelmed Carano with her strength from the opening moments on the bout and, despite two completely failed takedown attempts that succeeded only in pulling Carano on top of her, she managed to keep things mostly on the feet where she had a clear advantage. 

After hurting Carano several times with some big bombs, she really poured it on in the last ten seconds of the first round after passing Carano’s half-guard.  As Gina lay curled up in tight little ball against the fence waiting for it to be over, Santos unleashed a vicious flurry of unanswered right hands.  Stopping the fight at that point was clearly the right decision, as Carano was far from being able to ask referee Josh Rosenthal what the fuck his problem was.

Afterwards Scott Coker did his best to pretend that he was just fine with Cyborg winning, suggesting there were plenty of promotional opportunities for her, such as telling women’s magazines about her workout plan.  Because doesn’t every woman want to look like Cyborg Santos?

Meanwhile, the other women in the hunt are calling ‘next’ on both Santos and Carano, with Golden Glory fighter Marloes Coenen saying she’ll get the first shot at the new champ, maybe by the end of the year.

In other action on the night…

Gegard Mousasi made his American debut with authority as he absolutely dismantled an outclassed “Babalu” Sobral, finishing him with strikes at the one-minute mark of round one.  Mousasi put Sobral on his back with a nice little throw from the clinch, then moved from side control to knee-on-chest, battering him with punches until his eyes rolled back in his head.  Much to his credit, Mousasi noticed that Sobral was out before referee John McCarthy did, and made the decision on his own not to add an extra Dan Henderson-style attitude adjustor.  Winning that decisively was retribution enough.

Gilbert Melendez was clearly only worried about Mitsuhiro Ishida’s takedowns and nothing else, as he picked him apart on the feet from a stance designed to thwart the shot and make a mockery of his opponent’s ability to do damage on the feet.  The plan worked, as Melendez stopped Ishida’s takedowns down the stretch and gradually wore him down with striking before finishing him with strikes from back control at 3:56 of round 3.

Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle both started fast in their heavyweight bout, but after a little ground-and-pound from inside Kyle’s guard Werdum eventually locked up a guillotine and tapped Kyle at 1:24 of round 1.  Naturally, Werdum now says he’s ready for Fedor.  Nothing proves that like beating Mike Kyle.

– As we expected, Jay Hieron rode to a decision victory over Jesse Taylor after three rounds.  If only someone who will not be named had taken and passed a drug test, that wouldn’t have been necessary.


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newotnek- August 17, 2009 at 9:26 am
"Cyborg has never really been punched"
You mean her face has always looked like that? Jeepers!!
BackbaconBilly- August 17, 2009 at 5:29 am
@ Casa de los pan...

LOL, please! you want to talk about grabbing shit? go back and look at your boy Lesnar in his fight against Randy. Look at the fear in Lesnars eyes when Randy had him up against the cage and was about to slam him and Lesnar GRABBED the cage to prevent him from doing so. I won't dispute that Fedor grabbed the ropes in his fight against Mat but it wouldn't have really mattered cause even if Lindland got fedor on his back the chances are that Fedor would have just snapped his arm off or swept him or just plain beat the fuck outta the Law, Lesnar on the other hand would have been in far more serious trouble on his back with Randy layin a beatdown on him so your example doesn't really hold any water.
Bovice- August 17, 2009 at 1:09 am

Yes, it sounds incredibly stupid.
Smeewa- August 17, 2009 at 1:09 am
they both looked really good. impressive fight, neither of them hit like girls
elate- August 17, 2009 at 12:24 am
Does it sound stupid to anyone else to take the hardest fight of your career without stepping in the ring for a year?
Casa de los pantelones- August 17, 2009 at 12:03 am
ahahaha...Lesnar will destroy Fedor...pound his lights out. Fedor would have already had a loss to Matt Lindland if his punk ass wouldn't have held the ring ropes when lindland was about to slam him. Google fedor vs lindland and tell me why the 'last emporer' hadto cheat and hold onto the ropes. Yes cheating is a bit of a stretch, but he knew lindland was about to take it to his ass and so he had no choice.

Suck it's nice to dream but we all have to face reality, and the reality is Fedor dies if he ever faces Lesnar. After Lesnar destroys him, he will then sit on top of Fedors lifeless body and eat ice cream.
Jay Smith- August 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm
@ BackbaconBilly
EXACTLY!!! Anyone thinkin Lesnar would do to Fedor what Cyborg did to Gina is mistaken. That fight will eventually happen too so, that's when I'll be yellin "I told you so".
BackbaconBilly- August 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm
It was like watching a schoolyard bully lay a beatdown, Gina was never really in it and the call to stop was the correct one to make.

As to Lesnar laying down that type of beatdown of Fedor,ROFLMAO! you have got to be shitting me bro, but enjoy your dream who is Fedor to ruin it?
right hand crazy- August 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm
i don't know if that's true - she had a 7-0 record before this fight and a pretty impressive 12-1-1 muay thai record before that, so i don't think she's just trying to cash in on MMA. i think the main thing is that to be a good fighter you have to...uh...FIGHT and she hadn't had one since october of '08. and for most of that time she didn't have a contract, so who knows wtf she was doing. probably photo shoots. hopefully this loss will light a fire under her ass and get her to take shit more seriously.
Bovice- August 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm
I knew Carano was going to get her ass kicked. She's just a pretty girl trying to cash in on MMA, and thanks to Strikeforce for showing that to everybody.
Timdawg- August 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm
I thought Carano would have some heart hidden beneath those huge tits. Ended up just being huge tits and nothing else.
right hand crazy- August 16, 2009 at 11:41 am
how could strikeforce not see carano's loss coming? you take your golden girl and throw her in a title fight after a year+ out of the cage? seriously? did you not think she might suffer from ring rust and that maybe you should have her fight at least one other person before taking on cyborg? i mean, i've been anticipating this fight as much as the next guy, but i could have waited if it meant i'd have seen a REAL fight. that was just cyborg pummeling a confused carano who seemed to be doing everything wrong.

oh well. i like cyborg, so it's really no thing for me, i just think it was a bad move for strikeforce. one they should have seen coming from a mile away.

i'd like to see cyborg take on sarah kaufman, personally.
ZombieRock- August 16, 2009 at 11:04 am
Fuck the buzzer. Carano didn't get up for minutes after the ref called it. She was done. Done I tell you! DONE!!!!!!!! Ha haahahaahahhahaahahaahaahaaaa
just some dong- August 16, 2009 at 10:41 am
Cyborg seemed to be just a notch better than Gina in all aspects - slightly better technique, speed, and power. Their cardio seemed pretty equal... both gassed pretty quick. I'm sure there's a rematch a-brewin' as the buzzer sounded a second before the stoppage... but Gina was in no rush to dispute the call, so there you have it. Haven't seen many women's MMA fights but this was by far the best.

LetMeTellYouHowYoureFeeling- August 16, 2009 at 10:19 am
Wow...someone is holding close to Cyborg's nuts today... I saw Cyborg land many punches to Gina's forearm and when one snuck thru the ref stopped it. Yes, she was the better fighter last night but I wouldn't say she re-shaped Gina's skull... Let's not get over dramatic here.
ifyernasty- August 16, 2009 at 10:17 am
Had a dream last night that Cyborg got signed to the newly formed UFC women's division and was using someone else's blood for drug tests. Dana got mad, ordered her to have a blood draw in front of him.

She has 300 times the legal limit of HGH in her blood.

Hate her almost as much as I hate Carano.
One Two- August 16, 2009 at 10:10 am
Marloes Coenen = hope.
meanfinger- August 16, 2009 at 9:56 am
gina had barely any head movement or any movement at all for that matter, the way cyborg came out of her corner and gave it to gina decided the fight.. although she had a few chances, i dunno why she gave up that mount early in the first!!! im sure there will be a rematch one day, and i hope im there to b gina's triangle choke training dummy.
tribal- August 16, 2009 at 9:52 am
Gegard Mousasi is the shit! why isn't everyone commenting on that fight... get his ass in the UFC.

Hopefully he doesn't have fedor's management team.
BeastUnleashed- August 16, 2009 at 9:51 am
You think Randy got some later in the night from Gina?
Casa de los pantelones- August 16, 2009 at 9:49 am
Boo, the fight was over, and gina was being a pussy (no pun intended) all tentative with her power punches.

They's no room to be skeered in da ring baby girl.
Aenarion- August 16, 2009 at 9:47 am
That fight was over. Good decision.
One Two- August 16, 2009 at 9:45 am
That was complete bullshit you can't stop a fight after the rounds over. really she couldn't survive another quarter of a second?
PELF- August 16, 2009 at 9:44 am
spot-on, beam!
scumbag- August 16, 2009 at 9:44 am
i dare you to call his side mount destruction of babalu the GAY GUARD to his face. Go on, I double dog dare you.