Strikeforce 41: Results/Recap/Meds/Gate/Salaries

Showtime 41 is over. Are you disappointed? Did you even know it was happening? Many of the fighters weren’t too happy with the promotion of the card, Tim Kennedy had a few things to say, hell even Lorenz Larkin took to his knees in the cage to beg Dana White for Fight Night Bonuses in Strikeforce. The Showtime Strikeforce card did feel a bit, bush league. Not the fights or fighters, it was a great card with good fights. The Production, the Commentary team and a few other little things made the event feel small. The new graphics were a nice touch tho.

The card started out with Jason High subbing Nate Moore in just 26 seconds. Jordan Mein and Tyler Stinson had a good back and forth with Mein taking the hard fought decision. Stinson just couldn’t put it together despite being in Mein’s face all 3 rounds. Jorge Masvidal and Justin Wilcox put on another 3 round war, it was a close fight and Wilcox came close to taking it in our opinion. Masvidal looked crisp, we want to see him fight again soon. Ryan Couture went toe to toe with Joe Duarte taking the split decision. There is something about the contro/cage control/fighting style of Ryan Couture that just saps the energy out of a fight. He’s a good fighter, and showed marked improvement in this fight, but we just can’t stay focused when he’s on the screen. Pat Healy was privy to a Oregon robbery of Mizuto Hirota, who in our opinion took it to Pat and was clearly the winner despite the judges scorecards. It’s great to see Hirota back and competitive after his long layoff due to Aoki breaking his arm almost 2 years ago. Hirota needs to be in the UFC, or facing Melendez in 2 more fights, he looked better than Healy in every aspect of the fight and deserves something after that robbery. Roger Gracie beat the tar out of Keith Jardin for the full 3 rounds, with one judge giving him a 10-8 round. Jardine’s coaches need to have a long talk with him. At his age, taking the kind of damage he’s taken in his last 11 fights, it’s just not healthy. Nate Marquardt and Tyrone Woodley put on a show! Woodley came out and engaged, at one point almost finishing Nate, early in the 4th Nate caught Woodley with a couple of the viciousest elbows Strikeforce has ever seen before KO’ing Woodley with an uppercut from southeast Brooklyn. Nate landed the afore mentioned uppercut and calmly walked away before the ref could get in between him and Woodley, walked away with confidence. Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy went 5 hard rounds with Rockhold beating Kennedy to the punch for much of the fight, retaining his title. It wasn’t the explosive fight many were expecting but we felt both fighters looked good and enjoyed the fight. What did you think?

Main card (Showtime)

  • Middleweight Championship bout: United States Luke Rockhold (c) vs. United States Tim Kennedy
    Rockhold defeated Kennedy via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to retain the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
  • Welterweight Championship bout: United States Nate Marquardt vs. United States Tyron Woodley
    Marquardt defeated Woodley via KO (elbows & punches) at 1:39 of round 4 to become the Strikeforce Welterweight Champion.
  • Middleweight bout: United States Keith Jardine vs. Brazil Roger Gracie
    Gracie defeated Jardine via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26).
  • Middleweight bout: United States Robbie Lawler vs. United States Lorenz Larkin
    Larkin defeated Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme)

  • Lightweight bout: United States Pat Healy vs. Japan Mizuto Hirota
    Healy defeated Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Lightweight bout: United States Ryan Couture vs. Guam Joe Duarte
    Couture defeated Duarte via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
  • Lightweight bout: United States Jorge Masvidal vs. United States Justin Wilcox
    Masvidal defeated Wilcox via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
  • Welterweight bout: Canada Jordan Mein vs. United States Tyler Stinson
    Mein defeated Stinson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Welterweight bout: United States Jason High vs. United States Nate Moore
    High defeated Moore via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:26 of round 1.