The outcome of this Saturday’s Strikeforce: Houston was two new champions: For the vacant middleweight title, Ronaldo Jacaré got the better of Tim Kennedy, and the light heavyweight belt switched hands after Rafael Feijão overcame King Mo.
From the outset Rafael Feijão took the lead in the standup department against King Mo, which opened the way to his triumph. In the first round Mo managed to land a well-placed takedown, but Feijão responded with solid strikes. After an evenly-matched first round, Feijão managed a knockdown in the third stanza. King Mo tried to recover, but was knocked out by a string of knees and elbows. Thus Feijão secured the organization’s light heavyweight belt, as well as his ninth knockout in ten wins.
Known for his skill on the ground, Ronaldo Jacaré didn’t use much of his Jiu-Jitsu against Tim Kennedy. In the middleweight title deciding fight the black belt took the upper hand through his standup. Jacaré did try for the takedown, but Kennedy’s wrestling prevailed. The Brazilian’s boxing came on strong, though. A cross in the third round opened a deep gash on his opponent, and at the end of the bout the judges deemed Souza the victor by unanimous decision.
In the preliminary matchups, André Galvão’s win over also-black belt in Jiu-Jitsu Jorge “Macaco” Patino stood out. Galvão went to his ground work and ground and pound, while Macaco landed some solid strikes in the standup action. The bout went to the third round, when Galvão landed punches for the knockout at 2:45 min, with Macaco on all fours.
Veteran Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães debut in the organization on the right foot with his unanimous-decision win over Rocky Long. Another black belt Chad “Robo” Robichaux beat Humberto DeLeon and remains unbeaten in MMA with nine wins.
Check out the complete results:
August 21, 2010
Rafael Feijão defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal by TKO at 1:14 min of R3
Ronaldo “Jacaré” de Souza defeated Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision
K.J. Noons defeated Jorge Gurgel via KO at 0.19 min of R2
Chad Griggs defeated Bobby Lashley via TKO at 5min of R2
Daniel Cormier submitted Jason Riley (strikes) at 1:01 min of R1
André Galvão defeated Jorge Patino via TKO at 2:45 min of R3
Vinicius Magalhães defeated Rocky Long via unanimous decision
Adam Schindler submitted Kier Gooch via rear-naked choke in R1
Reynaldo Trujillo defeated Jose Santibanez via TKO (strikes) R1
Chad Robichaux defeated Humberto DeLeon via split decision
Arteneus Young defeated Chad Cook via unanimous decision