Strikeforce ‘Henderson vs. Babalu’: results and notes

Ovince St. Preux def. Benji Radach via unanimous decision
Antonio Silva def. Mike Kyle via TKO (punches), round two
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Lindland via KO (punches), round one
Paul Daley def. Scott Smith via KO (punch), round one
Dan Henderson def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral via KO (punches), round one

Notebook scribbles:

  • That’s right. Four KOs in A ROW.
  • St. Preux vs. Radach was a massacre that should have been stopped in the first round. The entire fight was basically Radach turtled on the ground and St. Preux taking his back, delivering shots to the head and body at will. Not only a massacre, but boring too.
  • Sometimes a loss is still impressive. Kyle (who usually fights at light-heavyweight) taking it to big-man Silva in round one but getting stopped in round two is one of those losses. Good showing for both.
  • I always get scared when a veteran like Lindland gets dropped in that fashion. But was his strategy really to try and stand with Lawler? Also, gotta love the classy way Lawler gently put Lindland’s legs down after almost decapitating him. MMA: the gentleman’s sport! (*sips wine*)
  • Daley’s hands are heavy as hell. Look for him to do big things in Strikeforce. I do think it was silly that the announcers were pushing the redemption storyline though, saying that this performance atoned for the illegal sucker-punch that got Daley banned from the UFC. How so?
  • A good win for Henderson, who probably segues into the number-one contender spot in light-heavyweight. His loss to Jake Shields at middleweight must have been disappointing, but I like him better at LHW anyway. Crowd showed a lot of love, and he’s earned it.
  • This was Strikeforce’s last show of the year, and I’m sure they got their Christmas wish. They went head-to-head against a UFC event and ended 2010 with a definitive bang. Four bangs, actually.

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