Round One: The Continuous Fall Of â€œJGâ€
Jorge Gurgel came out of the UFC Ultimate Fighter 2 as one of the best lightweight prospects to enter the promotion in a while. Fast forward a few years now and the Strikeforce veteran has now lost three of five fights in the promotion. Joe Duarte executed a pretty decent game plan against his more experienced foe to edge out a unanimous decision victory. Jorge Gurgel now has to go back to the drawing board once again before MMAâ€™s second biggest promotion gives him a pink slip.
Next Round For Joe Duarte: Pat Healy, Justin Wilcox or Lyle Beerbohm
Next Round For Jorge Gurgel: A release from Strikeforce
Round Two: Pulling The Upset
Very few people outside of immediate friends and family probably chose Nate James to defeat Danillo Villefort on Friday Night. However, those friends and family are proven correct as Nate James defeated Danillo Villefort by unanimous decision. After an excellent first round performance, Danillo Villefort seemed to gas out and Nate James simply took advantage. Nate James now finds himself on the fast track in Strikeforce after defeating one of the top rated middleweights in MMA.
Next Round For Nate James: Robbie Lawler, Derek Brunson or Ovince St. Preux
Next Round For Danillo Villefort: Cory Devela, Joe Ray or Lumumba Sayers
Round Three: Thatâ€™s A Slipper Opponent
If there was one thing the much bigger Pat Healy thought he could do against Eric Wisely on Friday Night was control him, but he was proven wrong. Despite having the size advantage, Pat Healy was hardly able to control Eric Wisely on the ground and both fighters were scrambling like crazy. Pat Healy did barely manage to pull out a unanimous decision victory on Friday Night, but it could have easily gone either way. Eric Wisely, who competed at lightweight on Friday Night, may be better suited to compete at featherweight due to his size disadvantage.
Next Round For Pat Healy: Gesias Cavalcante, Justin Wilcox or Jorge Gurgel
Next Round For Eric Wisely: A drop to the featherweight division
Round Four: Twenty Five Seconds Of Controversy
Very few female fighters have debuted in Strikeforce in the last year with as much fanfare as Ronda Rousey brought with her. After a rousing start that included a quick jumping arm bar from Ronda Rousey on opponent Sarah Dâ€™Alelio, the controversy began. Referee Steve Mazzagatti quickly stopped the fight after claiming that Sarah Dâ€™Alelio screamed in pain from the hold. However, it was later explained that a fighter screaming in pain in a submission could warrant a fight stoppage, so the controversy may have easily been a misunderstanding for most.
Next Round For Ronda Rousey: Julia Budd, Amanda Nunes or Germain Da Randamie
Next Round For Sarah Dâ€™Alelio: A Strikeforce release
Round Five: Finallyâ€¦
Gian Villante started off his run in Strikeforce in an important position, facing Chad Griggs in a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix reserve fight. After suffering that defeat and another one to Lorenz Larkin, Gian Villante was put on the preliminary card of Strikeforce Challengers 18. Gian Villante finally woke up and smelled the roses because he took what was his final opportunity to win a fight by defeating Keith Berry on Friday Night. If he had lost, Gian Villante would have gone from a televised fight on a big Strikeforce card to a televised fight on a Strikeforce Challengers card to a fight on the un-aired preliminary card to an outright release.
Next Round For Gian Villante: Derrick Mehmen, Antwain Britt or Ron Humphrey
Next Round For Keith Berry: A Strikeforce release
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