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Diaz handles Shamrock; Radach and Smith wage war

After controlling the action all over the cage in the first round, Diaz turned it up in the second, utilizing his superior reach while scoring crisp, precise combinations on Shamrock. The bouts conclusion came when Diaz landed a devastating right hand to the body that caused Shamrock to slump to the canvas. Diaz pounced on the former UFC and Strikeforce champion and landed a hail storm of unanswered blows before John McCarthy called a halt to the contest, declaring Diaz the winner by way of TKO.

As soon as the bout was stopped, Diaz came over to Shamrock, shook his hand and helped him to his feet.

Gilbert Melendez looked impressive as many expected that he would, but there weren’t many that expected a knockout victory like the one he scored Saturday night. After controlling from the top position for a good portion of the first round, Melendez wound up mixing it up with Damm a little more in the second and it paid off. A jaw jarring right hand left Damm sprawled out on the canvas and secured Melendez’ place as the Strikeforce interim lightweight champion.

Josh Thomson suffered a broken leg during training preparing for his championship bout with Melendez and will face off with the newly crowned interim champion in his next bout.

In one of the best fights of the year, Benji Radach and Scott Smith waged war in a three round battle that was spent primarily on the feet. Both men threw bombs with all of their might throughout the bouts duration. Radach built up a sizable lead by landing the more meaningful blows through the second round, only to be caught by a trademark Scott Smith right hand to the chin that left him on the canvas and Smith with another come from behind victory.

The fight between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Hitomi Akano was nearly scratched from the card due to Cyborg’s inability to make the 145 pound weight limit, but following some drama that involved last minute weight cuts and negotiations, the bout was salvaged less than a day before it was scheduled to take place.

Cyborg utilized her tremendously superior striking arsenal to pick apart Akano over the course of three rounds. The feared female from Chute Boxe came out on fire in the third and a flurry of vicious strikes dropped Akano to the canvas and pretty much sealed the deal on a much talked about female superfight with Gina Carano sometime very soon.

Brett Rogers had Ron Humphrey in bad shape in a couple of different moments in the first round of their bout, but a break in the action for a point deduction due to Rogers holding Humphrey’s hair seemed to prolong the inevitable which came in the second. A series of powerful knees and punches left Humphrey bloodied and crumpled on the canvas for a second round TKO stoppage in Rogers’ favor.

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