Saturday, January 29, 2011

Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg - JAN-29-2011

Strikeforce - Diaz vs. Cyborg
January 29, 2011
HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States

This is not a deep card but I like the top 3 matchups, and well....Herschel Walker. I'm just gonna throw out my picks for the main card.

Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos
- This should be a good brawl. Both guys have Jiu Jitsu chops a solid striking game & good chins. I think Diaz's heavy volume & variety of strikes will catch up to Cyborg and wear him down. I'll take Diaz by TKO, rd. 3.
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza vs. Robbie Lawler
- Jacare is the better fighter here. He should be able to use his Judo & Jiu Jitsu skills to get Lawler down and secure top control. I'm smelling upset though. Since Jacare's striking game is so much improved, I think he'll be too confident and may not be so quick to hit the mat & that will lose him the fight. Lawler has big power, combined with Jacare's suspect chin, I see Lawler landing a big shot to put away Souza & become the Strikeforce Middleweight champ. Lawler by TKO, rd. 1.

Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley - This is a great match up. While I'm rooting for Gracie, I see Prangley staying out of submission danger and exploiting Roger's weak stand up skills. If Gracie can get Prangley to the mat he could tap him but I'm leaning Prangley by decision. I really hope this is a good fight.
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson - I'm not super interested in this matchup other than seeing the insane physique of the 48 year old Walker & how he's improved since his last fight, a year ago. I'm not familiar with the 4-1 Carson so I assume he'll lose to Walker by, let's say, decision. I think it'd be pretty great if Carson ripped up Walker.

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