Despite the announcing crew declaring Jake Shields and Brett Rogers major underdogs who would be knocked out quite easy, the opposite proved true at Saturday's Strikeforce event.
Five fights made the broadcast, starting off with decision victories for Mike Whitehead and Joe Riggs. Riggs broke both hands in his fight with Phil Baroni. Whitehead outpointed Kevin Randleman and ate a big shot in the third, but worked through it.
Nick Diaz def Scott Smith via Sub (Rear-Naked Choke) R3, 1:41- Diaz played with Smith throughout the bout, landing strikes from all angles. In the third, Diaz was able to utilize his ground game and get the choke.
Brett Rogers def Andrei Arlovski via TKO (Punches) R1, 0:22- Brett Rogers came out to answer the step up in competition, fighting to get his family a new house. The big bruiser, pushing 262 pounds, struck Arlovski square in the face, and didn't stop, punishing Arlovski as his eyes rolled back and Big John McCarthy stepped in.
Jake Shields def Robbie Lawler via Sub (Guillotine) R1, 2:02- Jake Shields made a resounding splash at 182 pounds. He landed some kicks while taking punches from Robbie Lawler. Shields attempted a takedown, but was denied. At that point Gus Johnson and Mauro Ranallo(announcers) gave the fight to Lawler. However, as Lawler fought off another takedown with an underhook, Shields sunk in a tight guillotine choke and ended the fight.
(Jake Shields pictured, non-title fight against Lawler)
Mike Whitehead def Kevin Randleman via Dec (Unanimous)
Joe Riggs def Phil Baroni via Dec (Unanimous)
Jesse Finney def Josh Bumgarner via sub (keylock) R1, 1:55
Mike Kyle def Rafael Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) R2, 4:05
Booker DeRousse def James Wade via TKO (strikes) R1, 4:06
Lucas Lopes def Scott Ventimiglia via DQ (illegal knee) R1, 3:26
Pat Benson def Dave Cochran via sub (triangle choke) R1, 2:18
Tyron Woodley def Salvoder Woods via sub (north-south choke) R1, 4:20