“The Comeback Kid” pulled the cat out of the bag once again this evening during “Strikeforce: Evolution” as Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith displayed exactly how he earned his nickname, knocking former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le out in the third round after absorbing a ton of punishment at the hands, and feet of the San Jose based San Shou expert.
Also on the card was a bout that has potential to grab the 5 Oz. Fight of the Year award, as Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson waged absolute war for the Strikeforce lightweight crown. When the dust had a chance to settle at the end of five ultra-violent rounds, it was Melendez who had his hand raised in victory; Grabbing the 155 pound title and setting up a possible rubber match in the process.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza showed that he will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with at 185 pounds in the future as he made submitting a world class wrestler in Matt Lindland look easy, slapping on an arm-triangle choke from the top position to force the tapout in the very first round.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal showed exactly why he is widely touted as one of the fastest rising prospects in the game, improving his record to 6-o with a devastating first round knockout over the vastly more experienced, and normally extremely durable Mike Whitehead.
A full list of the results from Strikeforce: Evolution are below:
ALEX CRISPM def. A.J. FONSECA via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
JUSTIN WILCOX def. DAISUKE NAKAMURA via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
ANTWAIN BRITT def. SCOTT LIGHTY via TKO – Round 1
MUHAMMED “KING MO” LAWAL def. MIKE WHITEHEAD via TKO -Round 1
RONALDO “JACARE” SOUZA def. MATT LINDLAND via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 1
GILBERT MELENDEZ def. JOSH THOMSON via unanimous decision (49-47, 49-46, 49-46)
SCOTT SMITH def. CUNG LE via knockout – Round 3