Strikeforce Undercard Live Blog: Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro, More

Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribiero will battle at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.ST. LOUIS -- This is the Strikeforce live blog for the preliminary bouts of tonight's Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery card.

A featured bout on the undercard is a lightweight fight that could potentially determine a challenger for current champion Gilbert Melendez when Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro makes his Strikeforce debut against the unbeaten Lyle Beerbohm.

The live blog is below.


Justin DeMoney vs. Jesse Finney

Round 1: Finney comes out to a huge ovation from the local crowd. In the opening seconds he snaps a left high kick that catches DeMoney on the jaw, then follows with a nice right hand. DeMoney shoots and Finney briefly stuffs it, but then succumbs on the second effort from DeMoney. Nice half-guard sweep by Finney, who looks for a kimura but settles for advancing to side control. DeMoney gets back to his feet and Finney trips him to the mat. DeMoney turns into him and Finney locks up a guillotine before sitting back in the guard and cranking it tighter. DeMoney has no choice but to tap.

Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:22 of round 1.

Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro

Round 1: Beerbohm shoots right away and settles for a body lock against the fence. For a guy nicknamed "Fancy Pants," his shorts are fairly plain. The two men pummel for position and exchange knees to the body as the crowd grows slightly restless with the slow pace. The referee separates them, but it's all for nothing as Beerbohm goes immediately back to pressing Ribeiro against the fence. Boos coming from the crowd now. They've been sitting idle too long to be patient at this point. The ref separates them again and Beerbohm snaps a couple of short leg kicks to the outside of Ribeiro's left thigh, but there's not much behind them. The round ends just as Beerbohm resumes his clinch game against the fence. MMA Fighting scores the round even, 10-10.

Round 2: Beerbohm tries to return to the clinch, but Ribeiro avoids it and lands a nice knee. Both men shoot for takedowns simultaneously and they may have clashed heads. Ribeiro presses forward with jabs and Beerbohm ducks under them before clinching against the fence yet again. He can't get Ribeiro down, it seems. A takedown from Ribeiro, followed by a nifty move to take Beerbohm's back. Ribeiro transitions to an armbar and Beerbohm rolls out, nearly into a triangle, then into an armbar again. Ribeiro is close to extending the arm, but Beerbohm escapes somehow. Another close armbar attempt at the end of the round and Beerbohm lands his best punch of the night before the bell. MMA Fighting scores the round for Ribeiro, 10-9.

Round 3: Ribeiro nabs a takedown right off the bat and moves to Beerbohm's back. One gets the sense that "Fancy Pants" is in trouble every second this one stays on the mat. Ribeiro tries for a triangle choke and then moves to an oma plata, but Beerbohm escapes. They work back to their feet and Beerbohm resumes his clinch game against the fence. It's unclear what he hopes to accomplish with this, but he's not giving up on it. Ribeiro briefly puts him down again and then narrowly avoids an uppercut at the bell in the ensuing scramble. MMA Fighting scores the round for Ribeiro, 10-9.

Lyle Beerbohm def. Vitor Ribeiro via split decision.

The crowd seems stunned. Two of the three judges somehow scored all three rounds for Beerbohm, who spent much of the fight simply surviving and mounted very little effective offense. Chalk this one up as one of the most compelling examples of why you never want to leave it in the hands of the judges.

Darryl Cobb vs. Booker DeRousse

Round 1: Cobb charges across the cage and lands a stinging leg kick in the opening seconds. What else did you expect from a guy in Muay Thai shorts? DeRousse thinks about a takedown, but can't get there. Cobb lands two more leg kicks as they square off in the center of the cage, and the crowd lets out a collective 'oooooh!' at the painful sound echoing through the arena with each one. DeRousse shoots in again and Cobb sprawls, landing a nice uppercut as DeRousse tries to recover. DeRousse finally performs a successful takedown and gets a much-needed slowdown in the action. He's content to work from Cobb's guard, grinding away with short punches. Cobb tries to slither away, but DeRousse wisely holds on to him and keeps him on his back to ride out the round. MMA Fighting scores the round for Cobb, 10-9.

Round 2: DeRousse flicks out a jab that snaps Cobb's head back, then follows it up with a failed takedown attempt that only results in him eating another sharp two-punch combo from Cobb. DeRousse is slowing down a bit, but he manages to land with a body kick that helps him transition into a takedown, planting Cobb on his back again. Cobb tries to scramble out and ends up giving up his back, but DeRousse can't sink the choke under his chin. Cobb escapes and gains the top position, controlling DeRousse from behind and then transition into full mount. Just as he seems as if he's about to unload with punches, the bell rings to signal the end of the round. MMA Fighting scores the round even, 10-10.

Round 3: DeRousse clearly knows he's not going to win this fight standing up, so he gets Cobb to the mat right away to start the final frame. Cobb seems to be slowing down, and he's not even bothering to close his guard, basically begging DeRousse to pass, which he does. DeRousse hammers him with punches from half-guard, but Cobb does just enough to stay in it, almost accidentally regaining his ineffective guard. The referee stands them up once the action slows to a crawl, and Cobb unleashes a punch combo that seems to have lost its snap. DeRousse shoots for the double-leg and puts Cobb down once more before the fight comes to a close. MMA Fighting scores the round for DeRousse, 10-9.

Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse via split decision.

The crowd in St. Louis is not happy with the call. DeRousse, now donning a cowboy hat, looks instantly deflated.

Mike Chandler vs. Sal Woods

Round 1: Chandler shoots for an unsuccessful takedown right away, but quickly gets back to his feet and nails Woods with thundering left hook that sends his opponent backwards. Chandler dips low for a high crotch grab and scoops Woods up before spiking him to the mat. Chandler wastes no time taking Woods' back and hammering him with punches to the side of the head before sinking in the choke. Woods has had enough, and he taps out. Impressive performance for Chandler.

Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:59 of round 1.

Lee Brousseau vs. Fransisco France

Round 1: Brousseau gets a huge ovation from the local crowd during the introductions. He begins the fight by feeling France out with his long jab, trying to find his distance. France stays out of range, then charges in for a body lock and effortlessly puts Brousseau on his back. Within seconds France has taken Brousseau's back and sunk in a rear naked choke. Brousseau reaches up to tap out right away. In an unusual move during the post-fight announcements, Jimmy Lennon Jr. asks for a round of applause for Brousseau, who "just got caught." One wonders why the night's other losers didn't get the same treatment.

Francisco France def. Lee Brousseau via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:27 of round 1.

Tom Aaron vs. Erik Steenberg

Round 1: Steenberg comes charging forward with punches and Aaron slips under them for the takedown. Steenberg stuck in the bottom in half-guard, but as he tries to scramble up he gets caught in a tight guillotine from Aaron. Aaron falls back into guard with the choke and Steenberg is stuck. He taps out less than a minute into the fight.

Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:56 of round 1.

Matt Ricehouse vs. Greg Wilson

Round 1: Some sharp punching exchanges right off the bat indicate that these two aren't interest in wasting time. Ricehouse gets a takedown and locks in a guillotine as Wilson gets back to his feet. The choke looks tight, but Wilson works his way out. A good slam by Ricehouse, but he gets swept almost immediately. Wilson's back is sporting a big red welt from turning away from Ricehouse's body kicks. They square off in the center of the cage and unload on each other, much to the delight of the crowd that's still filling in. MMA Fighting scores the round for Ricehouse, 10-9.

Round 2: The takedown is there whenever Ricehouse wants it, and he gets another one right off the bat in the second frame. Ricehouse looks for an arm triangle, then transitions to briefly take Wilson's back before losing it and ending up in side control. The look on Wilson's face suggests he might rather be somewhere else right now. MMA Fighting scores the round for Ricehouse, 10-9.

Round 3: Wilson comes on the attack to start the final round, perhaps sensing that he needs a finish to win. Ricehouse is staggered for a moment, but puts him down and immediately locks up a tight rear naked choke. Wilson is forced to tap.

Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:45 of round 3.

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