The much-touted match-up between former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal and Roger Gracie ended in spectacular fashion last night (September 10 2011) on the Strike Force Grand Prix: “Barnett vs. Kharitonov” main card.
“King Mo” Lawal in the round, as the highly touted wrestler with some elite international credentials while Gracie had not only the family name, but the much-deserved reputation as the most dangerous submission fighter on the planet.
Gracie never had a chance, his elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills to present, however, and ended the night on the stiff canvas, after he laid by a huge right hand from Lawal.
So, how did it happen, and more importantly, what’s next for men?
The Strikeforce middleweight title on the line this Saturday night (September 10, 2011) as the current world champion Ronaldo Souza sees his title against the upstart Luke Rockhold defend the Strikeforce Grand Prix: “Barnett vs. Kharitonov” main card.
“Jacare” Souza was melt in your mouth to defend his title for months, ever since Robbie Lawler handling in a thriller in January this year. The world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt will search for another name to add to his impressive career resume.
Luke Rockhold is a native Californian fight off the west coast for the first time in his career, and it just so happens to be on one of the world’s biggest MMA stage. Will help the scrappy young fighter was never in the first round left in his career and hopes his education at the American Kickboxing Academy him prevail come Saturday night.
Will “Jacare” clamp down on Rockhold and add another arm to his collection? Rockhold can shake off worth 19 months or ring rust and improve his game at the elite level? Is a surprise brewing in Cincinnati?
Round 1: They collide into a clinch to start things, then Blanco Healy stings with a kick to the body. Nifty little takedown of Blanco Healy is on the back, and Blanco is in the top half-guard. Healy pushes him away and manages to get on their feet, although he pays for it by eating a bit of a blow or two. Back on the feet, paws with the jab may Healy, but can not find the smaller, faster Blanco. Blanco unleashes a kick and then several shots in the area, according to another front kick face. Healy shoots, but lands on his back if he can not stop the desperate attempt takedown. Oma plata Healy tried one, then reaches a foot lock, if Blanco’s feet protruding from his face. Apparently, the rules completely forgotten, Blanco Healy starts kicking in the face as they both are down. This is a no-no, and moved the ref to stop the action. Healy gets examined by a doctor, while Blanco has deducted a point. You to restart in the middle and Blanco back on the offensive. He peppers Healy blows and slaps him with another body kick. Healy dives for a leg and remains after it, even after putting down Blanco Blanco grabbed the fence, to prevent it at first. Healy ends the round Blanco hold down short-and labor rights at the side of his head. MMA fights scores the round 9-9 after the point deduction.
Round 1: Kyle stick comes first, the jab. De Lima work suggests some good leg while Kyle blows fire on the straight line. De Lima’s face well, but Kyle could be landing the more effective strikes. Kyle with a leg kick of his own. De Lima start, eaten by the vaccine now. Kyle takes to kick another leg. De Lima throws a nice left hook-right leg kick combo, scoring on Kyle. Kyle keeps his chin high, but de Lima has not found anything of significance. Kyle de Lima back with some punches, to more than one occasion, however, see de Lima hurt and then apparently recovered, while firing shots. Playing possum, perhaps? Either way, Kyle is dotting him with straight punches, blood loss with repeated jabs.
Scores the round 10-9 for Kyle
Round 1: Nunes comes with hard straight punches. Immediately it in the middle of the cage with Davis always the worst. Davis is just eating shots and tried to grab, hold Nunes and deposed them. They protect against the cage clinch, dirty boxing are both working. Nunes is true for the single leg and Davis puts down against the fence. Davis struggles to her feet, and they cling to the cage just before they return to trading punches. Both women score with strikes. Davis to begin that work good jab, while Nunes continues to be the right handgun. They clinch again briefly on the cage. Nunes’ technology is starting to go out the window and Davis is still wade forward. They work against the cage until the round end.
Round 1: Santos to take whiffs on one leg, they begin trading leg kicks, and both men land space. I checked a kick and counters with a good left hook. Santos turned my kick with that leg, a sign that the few that he can be landed their toll. My good contact with one leg and then enjoy getting to sequence from a counter-Santos leg. My pounding a hard leg kick. My with a good, short left hook. My Southpaw switches, possibly due to the leg-kicks. Santos is My My knocks on the mat for a split second with a hard leg kick back leg. Santos lands a good counter left hook together his own and moved in. My Santos from his strikes and he’s aggressive come forward now. He ensures the My cage, but I throw a few hard counters that he is still on this show.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Santos
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Round 2: My legs might be chewed by the kicks in the first round, but he begins the round with a pair of low kicks of his own. Santos tries for a head kick that beats my arm. My eyes a little hesitant to pick content themselves with single shots, while Santos tries to load up on power shots of his own. My country is a good pair of left hands. Another combination of mine, he begins to hold on to Santos at the end of his blows. My body shot good. Santos responses by a good right hand. My she turns and forced Santos, Shell with a rapid-fire combo to the body and head. My shows beautiful head movement in the pocket, slipping punches well. Standing Southpaw is my assumption of control over where things stand. He overcomes tough day Santos as the round, and the Brazilian short-buckles. Santos fired a number of strikes before the bell, but not connect.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for my
Round 3: Santos tried to leg kick again and he ends up, but I think makes him twice, by two hard left. Santos beats a kick to my dome. My starting point to meet with Santos straight boxes here, just beating cyborg. Santos is starting to shut down under my attack, the young Canadian support him in the cage and goes to town with the elbow in a standing position until Cyborg wilts on the canvas.
It should not be so easy.
Josh Barnett was more than a lap, taken to finally break the will of three months ago, Brett Rogers, a fighter who is not known for a strong ground game.
So, how was “The Warmaster” Embed able to Pride veteran and other Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finalist, Sergei Kharitonov, winning in just 50 seconds to earn a first round submission victory last night (September 10, 2011) in the Main Event of Strike Force Grand Prix: “Barnett vs. Kharitonov.”