This is the second MMA card of the week, not counting Bellator, and it’s another card that just feels there. The WEC card was poorly promoted and so is this one. The UFC card next week has been well promoted, but it shouldn’t surprise you since they are the number one company in the game.
In all reality, we got a Strikeforce Challengers card last weekend which didn’t feel all that special and then this regular Strikeforce card which should feel special and doesn’t. I wonder if there’s simply too much MMA out there right now. I’ll watch and write about most MMA, but the difference between this show and a UFC show is that I’ll go out of my way to make sure I see the UFC show live and there’s not that sense of urgency with Strikeforce these days.
Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, and Frank Shamrock are the announcers.
Bobby Lashley and Chad Griggs are already in the cage.
1. Chad Griggs vs. Bobby Lashley
Griggs has these huge pork chop sideburns. Lashley is down in weight a bit, but still looks jacked.
Lashley immediately shot in and easily got into side control. Gus and Frank talked about why pro wrestlers were coming into MMA. Frank said it’s the same business, yet wrestlers work harder. They should’ve asked Mauro since he actually worked in the business for a bit. Lashley was trying to pass but Griggs was doing a good job of working from the bottom. Griggs got up, but Lashley got him back down. Griggs is slippery and he was able to get up again and nailed Lashley with a knee from the clinch. Lashley buckled. They were separated and Lashley went for another takedown and got it, but Lashley took an uppercut and is bleeding. I don’t think he ever bled in WWE, but I could be wrong. It’s a nasty cut to the left corner of his left eye.
Lashley’s breathing pretty hard to start the round. Lashley picked Griggs up and slammed him down like a spinebuster slam. Lashley is pumping right hands down on Griggs. He was able to get into full mount and Griggs is trying to cover up. Griggs used his feet and the cage to get away from the corner, but couldn’t buck Lashley. If this was the UFC, Lashley would be able to reign down with elbows. They stopped the fight to check out his eye and he says he wanted to continue. Lashley shot in and didn’t get the takedown. He was holding onto one leg while Griggs was firing down hammer shots at him. The bell rang and he landed at least one after the bell. The ref stopped it and the fight is over. Lashley now has one loss.
Winner: Chad Griggs by way of 2nd round TKO
Well, at least Batista vs. Lashley will be easier to put together now. It’s going to be interesting to hear Lashley’s story on this one. His wrestling was better than anything Griggs had, but he just got tired and sloppy. I wonder if Griggs has a future here at heavyweight.
They’re promoting an October 9th card with Nick Diaz headlining without an opponent yet. You’d wish they had one and also that Diaz would be here to talk about it. And instead, they interview Luke Rockhold who fights Matt Linland on the same card. Rather than promoting the main event and draw, you promote a fight that’s probably third from the top. Head scratcher. And it was not a good promo.
2. Jorge Gurgel vs. KJ Noons
We’ll see if Gurgel uses his wrestling. If not, Noons could eat his lunch.