The Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier fight card delivered some pretty entertaining fights, with Daniel Cormier emerging as the heavyweight grand prix winner. Here are the results of the Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier fight card held on May 19, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA:
Daniel Cormier defeats Josh Barnett
Cormier solidified his status as an elite heavyweight, securing the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix championship with his win over Barnett. Cormier’s striking was as good as ever against Barnett, and he also scored points with some impressive slams. Barnett came close to securing a leg lock in the fourth round, but Cormier was able to slide his leg away from danger, preserving his undefeated record.
Gilbert Melendez defeats Josh Thomson
Melendez and Thomson exceeded expectations at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, putting on an entertaining display of mixed martial arts. The fight started off pretty even, but Melendez started taking control as the fight progressed. Thomson put on a valiant comeback in the fourth round, taking Melendez’ back and coming close to securing a rear-naked choke. Unfortunately for Thomson, it wasn’t enough, as two of the cage-side judges gave Melendez the nod. The crowd at the HP Pavilion didn’t seem to agree with the decision, but it seemed like the right call to me.
Rafael Cavalcante defeats Mike Kyle
Cavalcante avenged his 2009 loss to Kyle, sending him to the ground with a well-timed knee. He blasted Kyle with a few more punches before securing a guillotine choke, bringing the fight to an end in only 33 seconds.
Christopher Spang defeats Nah-Shon Burrell
Spang went straight to work against Burrell, softening him up with a counter hook and following up with a barrage of knees. Burrell stopped intelligently defending himself, prompting referee Josh Rosenthal to rightly step in and stop the fight.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Gesias Cavalcante (split decision)
Carlos Augusto Filho defeats Virgil Zwicker (unanimous decision)
Gian Villante defeats Derrick Mehmen (unanimous decision)
Quinn Mulhern defeats Yuri Villefort (split decision)
Bobby Green defeats James Terry (split decision)
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.