Strikeforce Results: Cormier Bests Barnett, Melendez Squeaks By Thomson
After 15 months the Strikeforce HW Grand Prix has finally concluded.
Tonight Daniel Cormier took it to his opponent, Josh Barnett, for five-straight rounds with a solid mix of effective striking and wrestling to secure a unanimous decision victory and simultaneously secure the title of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.
In the co-main event Gilbert Melendez secured victory after a scary split-decision that many thought should have been awarded to his opponent Josh Thomson.
Your Full Results Are As Follows:
MAIN CARD: (Showtime)
Daniel Cormier def. Josh Barnett (49-46, 45-50, 45-50)
Champ Gilbert Melendez def. Josh Thomson via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 0:33
Chris Spang def. Nah-Shon Burrell via KO (punches and knees) – Round 1, 1:35
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Showtime Extreme)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Guto Inocente def. Virgil Zwicker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gian Villante def. Derrick Mehmen via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Quinn Mulhern def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Bobby Green def. James Terry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)