Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Strikeforce : Carano vs Cyborg roundup

Christine 'Cyborg' Santos defeats Gina Carano by TKO in the first round.

Carano looked scared.

She should've looked scared.

Watching all the press & youtube promo videos leading up to Saturdays main event, I noticed that Gina never said anything confident. Ask any fighter, they will (and they should) tell you that they are gonna win, no matter how big an underdog they are.

Randy Couture believed he could beat Brock Lesnar,
Arlovski believed he could beat Fedor,
& Forrest believed he could beat Anderson Silva.

I was very surprised how many people picked Gina to win simply because she is too pretty to get smashed up. At no point during all the promotion leading up to Cyborg vs Carano did Gina say, ' I'm gonna beat Cyborg'.

The first round went exactly the way I thought it would. In fact, I bought into the Gina hype a little and picked her to make it to the 3rd round. It's in our nature as men (maybe not Chris Brown, but real men) to want to preserve the beautiful woman. Unfortunately that contradicts our need to be entertained by women's combat sports. Even the best fighters get hit in the face. You could argue that George St. Pierre is the male equivalent to Gina, being handsome & charming, & St. Pierre looked like a burn victim after his first encounter with BJ Penn. A fight in which he won.

I believe Gina is tough enough to put a few wins together and, hopefully, with Randy Coutures help, train both physically AND mentally to be able to beat Christine Cyborg. I don't think she will, but I won't be interested in a rematch until Gina can look into a camera and tell us she is going to win.

Gegard Mousasi defeats Renato 'Babalu' Sobral by KO in the first round. I said that Gegard Mousasi is destined for greatness and he definitely gave everyone a glimpse of it Saturday night with a first round stoppage of seasoned veteran Renato 'Babalu' Sobral. I picked Mousasi to win by ground and pound but I thought (or hoped rather) that this fight would be more competitive.

If you think about what this man has done at middleweight and light heavyweight at the young age of 24, and consider that he plans to move up to heavyweight as he his body fills out and his skills improve, you have to sit back and say 'wow'.

Mousasi is part of the Red Devil team and trains with #1 Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, & Gegard brought the same stoic look & attitude to the cage & dominated in the same fashion Fedor is known for.

I look forward to Mousasi's upcoming bouts in the Dream Super-Hulk tournament finals and stateside as the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champ.

Gilbert Melendez defeats Mitsuhiro Ishida by TKO in the third round.

Gilbert looked good. He continues to get better. Even though 'El Nino' looked as well rounded as we've ever seen, using his jab to keep distance & a much improved sprawl, he still gave up his back at one point, which is something he really shouldn't do if he ever gets a rematch with Champ Josh Thomson
Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Kyle by guillotine submission in the first round.

This is what should've happened.

Jay Hieron defeats Jesse Taylor by decision.

I didn't get to see this match but I thought Hieron would be able to deal with Taylor's wrestling enough to grind out a decision & he did. Hieron should be up for the Welterweight title against Nick Diaz.

On my picks I went 5 for 5. Next is UFC 102 on Saturday Aug. 29, in Portland, Oregon.

I can't wait.

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