SAN JOSE, Calif. – Strikeforce returns to action tonight with “Strikeforce: Challengers 6” at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Calif. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 11pm ET, and features a main event between Takayo Hashi and Sarah Kaufman in a battle for the Strikeforce women’s 135-pound title. Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) will provide live results and play-by-play commentary for tonight’s event.
- Ronald Carillo def. Anthony De Los Santos by submission (arm bar) Rd 2 (1:20)
- Steve Dickey def. Alan Lummel by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (0:33)
- Renee Robinson def. Lilia Salas by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:06)
- Jesse Tobar def. Johnson Nguyen by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:24)
- Tristan Arenal def. George Miller by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (0:30)
- Samuel Bracamnonte def. Chris Stewart by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (0:59)
- Wayne Phillips def. Eric Lawson by verbal submission (arm bar) Rd 1 (4:27)
- Yancy Medeiros def. Raul Castillo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tarec Saffiedine def. James Terry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Luke Rockhold def. Paul Bradley by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (2:24)
- Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley ruled a technical draw (accidental eye poke) Rd 1 (4:14)
- Sarah Kaufman def. Takayo Hashi by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Raul Castillo vs. Yancy Medeiros
Medeiros, a high-school wrestling champion from Hawaii, is undefeated at 3-0. Castillo, is a BJJ black belt, and is undefeated at 6-0.. Castillo has two wins over Nick Diaz as a brown belt in grappling competition.
Round 1 – They touch gloves. Raul clearly looking for a shot as Yancy stalks with jabs. Big overhand right by Yancy. Leg kick by Yancy and Raul returns one. Leg kick by Yancy, and Raul grabs a single leg and gets Yancy to the ground briefly, but he bounces right up and Raul grabs a body lock and pins him against the fence. Castillo trying to get Medeiros back to the ground. Medeiros lands a big knee to the body and Castillo swings wildly but misses. Medeiros swings and Castillo goes for a single leg. Medeiros working hard for the takedown. Medeiros gets some distance and starts unloading on Castillo. Leg kick by Castillo and Medeiros tags him with some big punches. Castillo gets rocked by some big punches, he shoots, just before the bell. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros.
Round 2 – Medeiros looked much more comfortable on the feet. Medeiros lands some punches and a couple of knees. Superman punch by Medeiros scores, and he stays patient, waiting to take his shot as Castillo backs up. Nice left jab by Medeiros. Big right hand by Medeiros, then a spinning back fist. Left jab jacks Castillo’s jaw. Castillo looks VERY uncomfortable. Medeiros staying relaxed, lands a right. Lands a left and a body kick; continues to pick Castillo apart. Leg kick by Castillo. Leg kick by Medeiros. Castillo shoots, grabs a single, but Medeiros defends well. Leg kick from Castillo gets checked. Castillo shoots but Medeiros sprawls. Castillo swings big and misses at the bell. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros.
Round 3 – Medeiros attacking with punches, Castillo covers up, then shoots, grabs a single leg. Medeiros pinned against the fence, and defending the single leg takedown attempt. Referee finally separates them. Medeiros stalking with his boxing, punches followed by a big knee to the head by Medeiros. Castillo takes a low blow, the ref tells him he is okay, and to come on and fight. WTF was that? Medeiro lands some punches and Castillo drops to the ground briefly but gets up. Castillo with a leg kick. Head kick then a takedown attempt from Castillo, he lays on his back and takes kicks to the legs by Medeiro. Castillo stands in the pocket and tries to end the fight toe to toe. Please fire that referee immediately! ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Medeiros.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yancy Medeiros def. Raul Castillo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tarec Saffiedine vs. James Terry
Mauro Ranallo said that Strikeforce will be making a major announcement on Monday.
Round 1 – Tarec Saffiedine coming out of Team Quest, hails from Belgium. James Terry was a state wrestling champion in Arizona and Alaska. Cung Le and Josh Thomson are in his corner. Head kick by Terry, leg kick by Tarec. Both guys look comfortable on their feet. Leg kick by Tarec. Tarec lands a nice right. Left hand scores for Tarec. Leg kick by Terry. Uppercut from Tarec scores. Head kick from both fighters. Huge leg kick by Tarec, then a nice fake low-to-head kick. Tarec’s stand up looks very good. Terry shoots, and gets a double leg takedown. Tarec back to his feet quickly, and eats and overhand right. Right hand by Tarec scores. Leg kick by Tarec. ProMMAnow scores the round 10-9 for Tarec Saffiedine.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Terry. Uppercut barely misses by Tarec. Inside leg kick by Tarec. Tarec very confident in the pocket. Lands a big leg kick. Overhand right by Tarec scores. Leg kick by Terry. Right hook by Tarec lands. Another right by Tarec lands. Leg kick by Terry scores again. Inside leg kick from Tarec. Terry shoots, gets stuffed. Big big leg kick by Tarec. Terry shoots, gets stuffed. Terry lands a couple punches. Couple of left jabs by Terry. Huge leg kick by Tarec scores. Terry shoots, gets stuffed. Closer round but ProMMAnow still scores it 10-9 for Tarec Saffiedine.
Round 3 – Big straight right hand scores for Tarec. Tarec attacks and lands a punch and a knee to the head, followd by a big leg kick. Right hand by Tarec. Tarec stalks with punches, Terry shoots, puts Tarec down for about half a second. Tarec up and back to his stand up attack. Terry has an enormous cut under his left eye. Big body shot by Tarec, he grabs the Muay Thai plum and lands a big knee to the head. Enormous leg kick by Tarec. Tarec Saffiedine is a guy to keep an eye on. Nice right hand rocks Terry’s head. Big leg kick again from Tarec and Terry fires one back. Terry showing heart and throwing punches. Both guys connect. Spinning back kick right to the gut by Tarec. Terry shoots but Tarec lands on top in mount. Bell sounds as Terry gives up his back. ProMMAnow scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Tarec Saffiedine.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tarec Saffiedine def. James Terry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Bradley vs. Luke Rockhold
Round 1 – Bradley is a wrestler from Iowa, trains out of Minnesota Martial Arts. Rockhold of course is out of AKA. Rockhold gives Bradley a hair part with a head kick. Bradley fires off some punches. Head kick by Rockhold blocked. Leg kick by Bradley. Head kick by Rockhold blocked. Rockhold drops Bradley with a right hook as he comes inside. Rockhold gets full mount, and is pounding the sides of Bradley. Brdley is out and up. Rockhold has a big height and reach advantage. Rockhold drops him one more time with a right hook. Bradley is up and Rockhold lands a big knee, possibly low, but Bradley goes down and Rockhold finishes him off with punches as the referee stops it. It’s the same referee who refused to call low blow against Medeiros. After looking at the replay, the knee was NOT low. Legit win and stoppage.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Luke Rockhold def. Paul Bradley by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (2:24)
Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley
Round 1 – Amoussou gets the better of a nice exchange. Prangley doesn’t look affected much, but he has become tentative. Amoussou swings big and Prangley puts him right on his back, and lands in half guard. Referee warns them to improve position. Ref stands them up. Amoussou lands an inside leg kick and is being much lighter on his feet. Prangley lands a knee to the body, but he eats some big punches to the chin from Amoussou. Prangley fires back and scores with a punch of his own that stops Amoussou’s attack momentarily. Amoussou takes a poke in the eye. Amoussou told the doctor he can’t see… The dumbest thing you can do if you want to continue to fight is tell the doctor you can not see. Amoussou tries to say not to stop the fight but it is too late.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley ruled a technical draw (accidental eye poke) Rd 1 (4:14)
Takayo Hashi vs. Sarah Kaufman (135 lb. Title Fight)
Round 1 – Kaufman is undefeated 10-0 with 8 ko’s. Here we go. Leg kick by Hashi. Hashi eats a couple of jabs. Hashi with a leg kick by gets knocked down with a punch. She is up, and they clinch against the cage. Knees to the thighs by Kaufman. Kaufman punishes the body. Ref separates them. Punch, kick, combo by Kaufman. Kaufman with jabs and punches as Hashi leg kicks. Kaufman drops Hashi to a knee. She’s right back up though and lands an inside leg kick. Hashi has eaten some big shots already. Kaufman lands a few jabs, catches a leg kick, and lands the right hand. Hashi shoots, and Kaufman sprawls. They square up again. Leg kick from Kaufman. ProMMAnow scores the round easily for Kaufman 10-9.
Round 2 – Big leg kick from Kaufman. Hashi returns a big one. Kaufman catches Hashi’s kick and smashes her with a right that drops her. Hashi is right back up. Hashi smiles as Kaufman punches. Left punch and a leg kick with Kaufman. Hashi is standing up with Kaufman which is surprising. Kaufman is being a bit more tentative than we have seen her in the past, probably being respectful of Hashi’s takedown and ground game. Leg kick by Hashi. Leg kick by Hashi. Pat Miletich said Kaufman is respecting Hashi too much. Kaufman stalking with punches but not cutting Hashi off, just following. Kaufman outscores Hashi in the round and ProMMAnow scores it 10-9.
Round 3 – Kaufman connects with a couple of punches, then a leg kick. Kaufman catches a kick then lands a punch that knocks Hashi down, but she gets right up. Hashi still standing and trying to strike with Kaufman. Leg kick scores from Kaufman. Leg kick scores from Hashi. Ref tells fight to pick up the action. Kaufman connects with a few rights out of the clinch, then a leg kick. Another big leg kick by Kaufman. Hashi smiles each time she gets hit. Left, then a big right snaps Hashi’s head. Hashi lands a right. Big straight right drops Hashi. She lets her up. Leg kick scores for Kaufman, then a punch. Hashi eats a big right, then a left. Triple jab lands for Kaufman, and Hashi’s shoot gets stuffed. ProMMAnow scores the round 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round 4 – Kaufman starts off with a repeat punch and kick attack. Hashi clinches and holds on to Kaufman. Ref separates them, restarts. Hashi shoots, gets stuffed easily. Nice right out of the clinch for Kaufman. Hashi shoots, Kaufman pushes down on her head and stops her. 45 seconds left in the round. Kaufman lands a few light jabs near the end but nothing significant. ProMMAnow scores it 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round 5 – Big leg kick for Kaufman. Hashi has shown nothing except tenacity. Hashi shoots after taking a leg kick. Kaufman stuff her and they are back to their feet. They exchange leg kicks. Kaufman lands a right. Hashi pulls guard and grabs an ankle, looking for a submission. Hashi tries to pull guard again and Kaufman stands right up. Front kick scores for Hashi to the face. Hashi tries the front kick again by gets hit. Kaufman catches a roundhouse kick and eats a punch. Hashi takes a poke in the eye. She says she is okay (tougher than Amoussou?). Hashi shoots, gets stuffed. Double jab lands for Kaufman. ProMMAnow scores the round 10-9 and the fight 50-45 for Sarah Kaufman.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sarah Kaufman def. Takayo Hashi by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)