What an exciting night for Strikeforce and MMA! I wanted to wait until the official scorecard came out for the main event before making this post, and without further delay, here are the results:
By a unanimous decision, the judges gave the win to Babalu Sobral, and I would have to agree. After a frenzied three rounds, the scorecard came down to 29-28 for Sobral. The first round found Babalu grappling off the bat, with Robbie Lawler focusing on throwing calculated strikes. By the end of the first round, Lawler was able to avoid any serious holds, and took his minute to recompose himself.
At the start of the second round, Babalu appeared to be switching strategies, and landed some excellent blows to the body, including a tremendous body kick. Lawler came out with a decidedly more aggressive tempo, throwing more jabs, but not connecting as many solid hits as he would have liked. Towards the end of the round, Babalu’s landed a devastating strike to Lawler’s ribs, and despite Lawler looking shaken, he manages one more direct hit to Babalu’s chin before the conclusion of the second round.
The start of the third round had Sobral and Lawler trading throws evenly. As the round dragged on, Lawler seemed to realize that Sobral was gaining the upper hand. Lawler struggled to land a knockout blow, but to no avail. While “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler made a valiant effort towards the end, it is eventually clear to the judges- and the crowd- that Babalu fought the better match.
While the main card was a true contest of endurance for the fighters, it was not the highlight of the evening. Prior to the showdown between Lawler and Sobral, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos decimated Marius Zaromskis with an explosive knockout just minutes into the first round. Despite this post being rushed, it looks as though Zaromskis’ fall stemmed from a failed head kick, which gave Santos the opportunity to land a head kick of his own, followed by a few punches, and finally the blow that knocked Marius to the ground.
Other results from the night had Tim Kennedy submitting Trevor Prangley via rear naked choke in the first round. Kennedy had an impressive performance tonight, he was clearly hungry for the win. The Conor Heun/ K.J. Noons fight ended with a bit of a twist, with one of the judges scoring a perfect match for Heun. It was close, but there was definitely at least one round of the match where Noons dominated Heun, and he ended up edging out Heun for the victory by split decision.