Strikeforce ShoMMA – Billy Evangelista Vs. Mike Aina Play By Play

I usually won’t go out of my way to recap the lower level Strikeforce shows because there’s just so much MMA on these days that I have to save all my free time for the big shows. But the last Strikeforce show was so good, and as a media member, they treated me very well, so even though I’m not doing this live, I still wanted to do a play by play type report.

Stephen Quadros, Mauro Ranello, and Pat Miletich are doing the broadcast from Fresno, California.

1. Bao Quach vs. Tito Jones

These guys are featherweights (145).

Quach was mostly throwing leg kicks and Jones didn’t seem very comfortable in the first round. He went for a clinch late in the round, but didn’t do anything with it. Mostly a boring first round, but Jones does look like a small and buffed version of Tiger Woods.

More lead leg kicks by Quach, and he when Jones counters with his hands, Quach blocks the punches. Jones’ lead leg is definitely hurting. This round is very similar to the first and the crowd is booing.

Jones trains in Urijah Faber’s camp and Faber is in his corner. He wants Jones to throw more than one combo and force the action a bit.

Jones caught Quach with a right hook and Quach went down. Jones tried to get his back, but ended up in Quach’s guard. They both got back up and Jones didn’t quite stalk him like you’d think. He took his time and then caught him with another right hook that dropped Quach again. Quach went for a wild high kick and slipped to the ground, but Jones didn’t follow up.

If this is a 10-8 for Jones, it’s probably a draw fight because Quach definitely won the first two rounds.

Winner: Bao Quach by way of unanimous decision

Hmmm. Well, they didn’t give Jones a 10-8 round for that last one. The crowd booed the decision.

2. Anthony Ruiz vs. Aaron Rosa
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“Strikeforce on NBC” Draws 1.1 Million Viewers

Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz sent out a press release with the information that their “Strikeforce on NBC” late night television show did its best rating ever last Saturday, doing 1.1 million viewers. The show featured the Trevor Prangley vs. Anthony Ruiz bout from the Playboy Mansion.

I’ve seen the show several times and what impresses me most about the show is that it’s put together tightly, and you don’t feel like you’re wasting a moment of your time when you watch it. It’s only 30 minutes long and for the most part, other than some introduction to the fighters, you get nothing but fighting. Also, if you have high definition, you should be able to find it on one of your high definition channels. In the Bay Area where I live, it comes on Universal HD.

This weekend is the premiere showing of Josh Thomson’s victory over Gilbert Melendez from the summer. Thomson won Melendez’s Strikeforce lightweight championship.

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