PRO MMA (promma.info) is live and on the scene at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Missouri for “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields.”
Tonight’s stacked card features a main event between former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. The co-main event will feature Andrei Arlovski versus Brett Rogers. Also on the card will be Nick Diaz battling heavy handed Scott Smith, and Joe Riggs facing off against Phil Baroni.
Stay tuned to PRO MMA (promma.info) for full coverage of the night’s event to include a photo gallery, and live round by round updates and results starting with the under card at approximately 7:45 P.M. Eastern time.
Dave Cochran vs. Pat Benson – Lightweight Bout
Round 1 – Benson lands a body shot, followed by a low kick. Benson then throws a punch to set up the take down and gets it against the cage. Some ground and pound and is landing big shots from the top. Back to the feet, and to the clinch. Benson then pulls guard and is now on the bottom. Benson staying aggressive from the bottom and is working a high guard looking for a triangle attempt, then transitions to the arm bar. It’s tight and Cochran is forced to tap at 2:18 of round 1. Pat Benson defeats Dave Cochran via submission (armbar) at 2:18 of Round 1.
Scott Ventimiglia vs. Lucas Lopes – Middleweight Bout
Round 1 – Lows kick by Ventimiglia, and Lopes counters with some nice body shots and a front kick of his own. Ventimiglia lands a flush right hand, and Lopes looks for a take down but is stuffed. Ventimiglia comes forward and secures a take down and is punishing Lopes from the top position. Ventimiglia has isolated an arm, and is now working to take Lopes’s back, but Lopes spins out and gets back to guard. Ventimiglia immediately passes to side mount. Ventimiglia is now standing, and Lopes is going for a heel hook. Ventimiglia is out of danger and stands quickly, and lands an illegal knee to the downed Lopes. The action has been temporarily stopped while the doctor takes a look at Lopes. The official word is that Lucas Lopes is the winner by disqualification of Ventimiglia due to the illegal knee at 3:26 of Round 1.
Tyron Woodley vs. Salvador Woods – Welterweight Bout
Round 1 – Woodley looks to land the jab early, and then follows with a straight right that lands. They are exchanging now, and Woodley closes the gap and gets the huge slam, and then goes right to sidemount. Woods lands the jab, then follows with a kick up high. Once again Woodley closes and gets the slam. Woodley quickly transitions to mount, then gets stuck in half guard. Woods manages to retain full guard. Limited action on the ground, against the cage. Woodley manages to get some separation and postures to lands some shots. Woodley transitions to side control and drops some short elbows. Woodley then locks in an anaconda choke and finishes Woods. Tyrone Woodley defeats Salvador Woods via submission (north south choke) in Round 1.
Booker DeRousse vs. James Wade – Light Heavyweight Bout
Round 1 – DeRousse comes out quick throws a punch then clinches. He lands a knee from the clinch and is looking to work the body of Wade. DeRousse then gets the trip take down, but Wade is back up quickly. Wade eats a knee then pulls guard. The fighters are back up and DeRousse lands a nice combo, then follows up with a low kick. Wade lands a jab but misses with his right, and DeRousse counters with another leg kick. DeRousse clinches again, but is reversed against the cage. DeRousse now landing the jab consistently, and is scoring with kicks as well. DeRousse moving forward and clinches again. Both fighters exchange knees from the clinch, and DeRousse separates and gets caught with a big right by Wade. They are slugging now and DeRousse lands 4 or 5 uppercuts before dragging Wade to the ground and taking his back. He is working for the RNC now and has Wade flattened out landing big shots. The ref steps in and stops it. Booker DeRousse defeats James Wade by TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:06 of Round 1.
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike “MAK” Kyle – Light Heavyweight bout
Round 1 – Both fighters coming out swinging and “Feijao” lands a nice left hook. Kyle counters and we have a battle to start. “Feijao” with the jab, and Kyle comes forward missing with the big right hand. Leg kick by “Feijao”, followed by another that lands flush. Kyle circling and lands a nice kick of his own. “Feijao” misses with his left, and Kyle connects with a right hand. Kyle scores with the leg kick, and both fighters are now circling. The action has slowed a bit, but then “Feijao” lands a big kick and is now stalking Kyle. Big overhand right by “Feijao”, and Kyle counters with a leg kick. End of Round 1. PRO MMA scores Round 1 for Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante 10-9.
Round 2 – Kyle misses with his punch, and “Feijao” changes levels and gets the take down. “Feijao” works on the pass and transitions to full mount, and is landing shots. Kyle looking to retain guard, but gives up his back and then stands. Kyle turns into him and the fighters separate. Kyle now looking to land some shots, but “Feijao” counters nicely with shots of his own. Nice jab by Kyle, but “Feijao” is stalking now. Kyle goes to the body and follows up with a huge right hand that drops “Feijao”. “Feijao is down, and Kyle follows him down and lands some big punches to finish the fight. Mike Kyle defeats Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante by TKO at 2:05 of Round 2.
Jesse Finney vs. Josh Bumgarner – Catchweight Bout 175 pounds
Round 1 – Bumgarner lands a low kick, Finney counters to the body. Finney lands a big right, then works to a clinch, and takes Bumgarner down. Finney is in Bumgarner’s half guard and looking to pass. He works to side control and isolates Bumgarners arm and is landing big shots. Crucifix position and Finney goes to the opposite side and locks up a kimura. Bumgarner taps. Jesse Finney defeats Josh Bumgarner via submission (kimura) at 1:55 of Round 1.
Kevin “The Monster” Randleman vs. “Iron” Mike Whitehead – Light Heavyweight Bout
Round 1 – Leg kick misses by Whitehead. Whitehead misses with the high kick and Randleman takes it to the ground. Randleman lands a big left as Whitehead works back to his feet. Whitehead misses with the right, then clinches. Whitehead works and gets the take down. Randleman reverses adn is back up on his feet. Overhand right by Whitehead. Whitehead drops and goes for the double but Randleman sprawls, then gets taken down by quickly reverses again. Whitehead again with the double and works Randleman to the ground. Whitehead lands a couple of shots from the top and looks to pass guard. Randleman sweeps and tehy are back on their feet again. Left hand followed by a leg kick by Whitehead. Whitehead doubles up on teh jab, then lands an uppercut. Clinch against the cage with Randleman’s back against the fence. Randleman works for double unders, but gets taken down again. Whitehead on top looking to pass again with 10 seconds left in the round. No action to the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 1 for Mike Whitehead 10-9.
Round 2 – Big right hand by Whitehead and he’s moving forward. He works Randleman against the cage again after an incidental head butt, and takes the fight back to the ground. Whitehead working on passing the guard and does, gaining side control. Whitehead with shots to the body from side mount. Action has stalled with Whitehead on top and in side control. Whitehead transitions to full mount then back to side control giving Randleman space to stand. In the clinch, and Randleman lands a flush uppercut. Whitehead counters with a jab but misses with the right hand. Whitehead with the jab, and Randleman counters and it appeared that Whitehead was poked in the eye. End of Round 2. PRO MMA scores Round 2 for Mike Whitehead 10-9.
Round 3 – Randleman with a big right then misses with the left hook. Whitehead with the jab, but once again misses with the right hand. Randleman moving forward now. Whitehead lands a straight right. Randleman lands a huge left hand that drops Whitehead. He lands some more big shots, but Whitehead gets back up, but eats a big shot on his way up. He is now walking Randleman down. Both fighters clinch with Randleman getting double unders and forcing Whitehead against the cage. Whitehead shoots again and gets the take down. Whitehead to side mount and working on a kimura. Randleman frees his arm but Whitehead is still in control on top. Randleman works free and stands with 40 seconds to go. Whitehead lands a big right. Randleman counters with a jab. Randleman misses with a huge left hook, then catches Whitehead with a jab right before the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 3 for Kevin Randleman 10-9, but scores the fight for Mike Whitehead 29-28.
Official decision- Unanimous decision victory for Mike Whitehead (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
“New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni vs. Joe “Diesel” Riggs Welterweight Bout
Round 1 – Kick to the body by Riggs to start. They clinch, and Riggs gets the trip take down. Riggs transitions to Baroni’s back and locks in the rear naked choke but loses it. Baroni rolls and Riggs has full mount for the moment. Baroni works back to guard, and Riggs lands two rights from the top, and passes guard, then transitions back to Baroni’s back again. Baroni works back to his feet, with Riggs keeping the clinch, gets the takedown again. Baroni works back to his feet again, but is taken right back down. Baroni reverses, now has Riggs on his back. Baroni with 3 or 4 shots to the body of Riggs.
A stall in the action causes Big John to stand them back up, and Riggs goes for the take down again. Riggs turtles up, and Baroni gets his back. Riggs rolls out at the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 1 for Joe Riggs, 10-9.
Round 2 – Riggs with the leg kick to begin round 2. Riggs goes to the body with his kick and Baroni comes foward throwing hands. Baroni misses with a kick of his own and Riggs lands a nice left hand. Riggs misses with the spinning back fist. Inside leg kick by Riggs, and the fighters clinch, with Riggs earning the take down. Both fighters back to their feet and now Baroni gets a take down of his own. Riggs uses the cage and stands, then lands a nice body shot, and follows up with a left hand that connects. Another kick by Riggs lands. Riggs throws a left as Baroni changes levels and goes for the takedown. Riggs lands a huge knee to the face of Baroni, and is pouring it on landing shots, then drops for a single and works Baroni to the ground. Baroni is up quickly and shoots back in looking to take Riggs down but is denied. Riggs moving forward now, and Baroni drops for another takedown and gets it. Baroni stands in the guard and Riggs goes for the triangle and locks it in. Baroni working to escape and slips out. Short hammerfist by Baroni, and he goes to the body against the cage. Riggs looking to stand back up using the cage with 10 seconds to go. Baroni retains control at the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 2 for Joe Riggs, 10-9.
Round 3- Riggs starts with a leg kick, then goes toward Baroni and lands a nice 3 punch combo, and follows up to the body with his kick. Flying knee by Riggs, Riggs now landing kicks and punch combos. Straight left hand lands for Riggs, and he is dominating the stand up. Lead right lands flush as Baroni drops his hands. Riggs back to his kicks, Baroni counters with a body shot. Inside leg kick scores for Riggs as well. He is dominating now. Baroni circling away and looks gassed. Another right hand for Riggs, and they briefly exchange against the cage. Riggs with another knee to the body. Head kick lands for Riggs. Baroni comes forward but doesn’t connect with much. Right hook by Riggs, and he’s coming forward with knees and landing big shots with his punch kick combos. Riggs scores with a nice jab, then Baroni lands a nice shot, but Riggs shrugs it off and lands a huge right hook, urging Baroni on. Baroni with a left to the body, but Riggs comes right back with more kicks. Baroni coming forward and Riggs gets a take down with 10 seconds to go. PRO MMA scores Round 3 for Riggs, 10-9, and the fight for Riggs as well 30-27.
Official decision – Unanimous decision for Joe “Diesel” Riggs, (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nick Diaz vs. Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – Catchweight Bout (180 pounds)
Round 1 – Diza with the jab early and an overhand right. Smith misses with the big left and they clinch. Diaz staying busy with rapid shots from the clinch, and a knee. Smith misses again and slips to the ground. Diaz is talking with his hands down and he is moving forward landing combinations. Diaz with a slapping right hand, and Smith misses over the top. Diaz lands a three punch combo and looks really sharp on his feet. He goes up stairs with a kick and lands a four punch combo forcing Smith backward. Back to the clinch and Diaz has his back to the fence. McCarthy separates them and both fighters connect with punches. Smith misses, and Diaz lands, briefly stunning Smith, and then they are back to the clinch. Diaz working the body from the clinch. Smith lands a big kick and they clinch agains the cage again with a little more than a minue left in the round. Smith transitions to Diaz’s back, and Diaz looks for the throw, but Smith beats him to it. They are back on their feet and exchanging. Diaz scores with the left hand and is landing straight punches. Smith scores with a kick, with 30 seconds to go. Smith misses with a wild uppercut and is stalking Diaz, but then Diaz gets the take down at the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 1 for Diaz, 10-9.
Round 2 – Diaz mixing up his strikes and moving forward. Back to the clinch and Diaz scores with a knee. Smith misses with the left, and gets Diaz’s back and works him to the cage. Smith steps back and lands a nice right hand. Dizz coming back with 3 and 4 punch combos, then goes to the body hurting Smith. Smith steps back and is getting caught over and over with the jab. Smith looking for the big shot, but Diaz is picking him apart, when Smith lands a big right, then an elbow. Diza lands a big shot to the body stunning Smith again. Smith goes to the body, and Diaz counters with his jab and body combos. Smith lands to the body, then misses with a head kick. Diaz staying extremely busy with his punches. Diaz with a knee to the body from the clinch. McCarthy steps in and they reset. Diaz with a 3 punch combo to the body. Diaz goes upstairs and scores twice. Smith counters with a leg kick. Diaz peppering Smith with jabs and rights. Smith scores with a leg kick, then eats a straight right hand. Smith comes forward with a right hand and follows up with a head kick. Diaz comes back and secures a body lock forcing Smith to the cage nea. Diaz steps back and drops Smith with a body shot at the bell. PRO MMA scores Round 2 for Diaz, 10-9.
Round 3 – Both fighters throwing to start the final round. Smith lands some big shots, and clinches pressing Diaz against the cage and holding him there. McCarthy steps in, and we are back to the action. Smith misses with a head kick, and Diaz counters to the body again. Smith collapses from the body shot, and Diaz is on his back working for the rear naked choke. Diaz locks it in, Smith rolls and then taps. Nick Diaz defeats Scott Smith via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:41 of Round 3.
Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski vs. Brett “The Grim” Rogers – Heavyweight Bout
Round 1 – Arlovski throws an early leg kick. Rogers lands a glancing right hand that stuns Arlovski, then follows up with a huge left hook, and finishes with a flush right. Arlovski is down, Arlovski is out as McCarthy steps in!!!!!! Brett Rogers defeats Andrei Arlovski via TKO at :22 seconds of Round 1.
“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields – Catchweight Bout (182 pounds)
Round 1 – Lawler with the right hand early, Shields gets two kicks in then goes for the take down. They clinch and Lawler lands some body shots. Still in the clinch against the cage. Shields to the plum clinch and throws some knees. As Lawler steps back he lands a nice kneee. Shields lands a kick to the body of Lawler, and is using his kicks very well early on. Shields back to the body with his kicks, Lawler clinches and ducks his head. Shields works for the guillotine and pulls guard. It’s in deep and Lawler taps. Jake Shields defeats Robbie Lawler via submission (guillotine) at 2:02 of Round 1.