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Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson live round-by-round results

Welcome to's live round-by-round coverage of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.



140 Pounds: Brian Caraway (140) vs. Alvin Cacdac (141)

R1: Caraway scores the takedown seconds into the fight and passes to side control. Caraway takes Cacdac's back and taps out Cacdac with a rear naked choke.

Caraway wins via submission - R1 (1:39)

Lightweights: Bobby Stack (155) vs. Jose Palacios (155)

R1: Stack aggressively starts with punch combos. Palacios slows Stack with kicks. Palacios knocks Stack's mouth piece out with a right hook. To avoid Palacios' kicks, Stack shoots in only for Palacios to stuff it. Palacios throws a knee but Stack catches it and finishes the takedown. Stack punches inside Palacios' guard. Palacios tries a kimura. scores the round 10-9 for Palacios.

R2: Stack takes Palacios down ten seconds into the round. Palacios stands up, but Stack drops Palacios back down. Stack drops right hands inside Palacios' guard. Palacios reverses and Stack attempts an armbar. Palacios pulls his arm out. Palacio finishes the round inside Stack's halfguard. scores the round 10-9 for Stack.

R3: Stack takes Palacios down and works to take back control. Stack gains full mount instead. Stack works for the ground and pound while Palacios tries to shake Stack off. Palacios escapes by rolling back and ends up sitting on Stack's back. Stack moves into Palacios' guard. Stack gets right hands in before the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 for Stack.

Stack wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bantamweights: Chris Cariaso (135.5) vs. Anthony Figueroa (135)

R1: Figueroa throws body kicks. Cariaso takes Figueroa down. Cariaso punches from inside Figueroa's guard. Cariaso passes to halfguard and then side mount. Cariaso gains full mount. Figueroa escapes to standing but is taken right back down into his guard. Cariaso passes to side mount with two minutes remaining. Figueroa escapes to his knees. Cariaso goes into halfguard and then side mount. Figueroa lands a knee. Cariaso throws a punch and clinches. Cariaso throws a kick to close the round. scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso.

R2: Cariaso throws a kick and another. Cariaso takes Figueroa down. Same as the first round, Cariaso moves to halfguard and then side mount. Figueroa escapes and goes to full guard. Cariaso stands up to throw punches and passes to halfguard. Cariaso takes full mount. After awhile of defending Cariaso's ground and pound, Figueroa gives up his back. Cariaso attempts the rear naked choke. Figueroa gets on his back, and then gives up his back again. This time Cariaso taps Figueroa out.

Cariaso wins via submission - R2 (4:34)

Middleweights: Raymond Daniels (184) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (185)

R1: Metcalf immediately tries to bring the fight to the ground. Metcalf battles for the takedown in clinch. Metcalf drops for the double leg and gets the takedown. Daniels attempts a guillotine choke but Metcalf pulls his head out. Metcalf advances to halfguard and drops strikes. Metcalf gains full mount. Metcalf goes for the finish with ground and pound punches. Daniels survives the first. scores the round 10-9 for Metcalf.

R2: Metcalf again goes for the takedown right away. Metcalf finishes the takedown quickly this time. Metcalf uses a choke attempt to advance to full mount. Metcalf attempts the triangle choke from mount. Daniels escapes but Metcalf quickly slaps on the rear naked choke for the win.

Metcalf wins via submission - R2 (0:59)

Featherweights: Elaina Maxwell (146) vs. Meisha Tate (145)

R1: Maxwell lands a kick and Tate clinches. Maxwell lands a knee before getting taken down. Maxwell looks like she wants a gogoplata but loses position. Maxwell tries to use the fence to escape from Tate's full mount. Tate goes for an armbar. Maxwell scissors Tate's head in defense. Tate removes her head and pulls back for the armbar. Maxwell is saved by the bell. Maxwell, who appeared to have tapped to the armbar, says something to the referee before walking to her corner (either denying it or admitting she tapped). scores the round 10-9 for Tate.

R2: Tate takes Maxwell down. Maxwell thinks about the gogoplata. Tate gains full mount. Maxwell gets a scissor lock and rolls out. Tate finishes the round in side control. scores the round 10-9 for Tate.

R3: Maxwell gets a kick in before Tate drops for the takedown. The referee separates them with less than 90 seconds left in the fight. Tate shoots for the takedown. Maxwell defends it and takes Tate's back. Maxwell has control of an arm but is unable to attempt a submission. scores the round 10-9 for Maxwell.

Tate wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Light-Heavyweights: Bobby Southworth (204.5) vs. Anthony Ruiz (203)

R1: Southworth scores the takedown and takes side mount. Southworth has Ruiz's back and works for the rear naked choke. Ruiz turns into Southworth's guard. They stand up and clinch. Southworth takes Ruiz down into halfguard. Southworth attempts the armbar. Southworth switches to an omoplata and then briefly a triangle choke. scores the round 10-9 for Southworth.

R2: Ruiz throws a leg kick followed by a punch. Southworth dodges the strikes. Ruiz throws punches to move into clinch. Ruiz takes Southworth down. Southworth scrambles up only to be brought back down. They stand up and Southworth puts Ruiz on the mat. Southworth passes to side mount. Ruiz reverses into Southworth's guard. Ruiz lands body punches. Southworth slaps on a triangle choke. Ruiz turns out of it but Southworth ends in Ruiz's halfguard. scores the round 10-9 for Southworth.

R3: Ruiz misses punches and shoots in. Ruiz puts Southworth down against the fence. They stand up with Ruiz holding onto Southworth's back. Southworth turns and presses Ruiz against the fence. Southworth takes Ruiz down into halfguard. Southworth has full mount and then back control. Ruiz escapes into Southworth's full guard. Ruiz punches Southworth. Southworth stands up. Ruiz hits knees to the body. Southworth takes Ruiz down. scores the round 10-9 for Southworth.

R4: Ruiz throws missed punches. They clinch. Southworth takes Ruiz down into full mount. They stand up. Southworth takes Ruiz down again. They are back up and exchange strikes. Southworth lands a knee. Ruiz goes for the single leg and gets it, but Southworth secures a kimura. Ruiz fights out of it. Ruiz hits Southworth with punches to the body. They stand up and Southworth scores another takedown and moves into side mount. scores the round 10-9 for Southworth.

R5: Ruiz looks for the knockout punch. Southworth finishes a single leg takedown. Ruiz holds onto a choke but lets go when Southworth passes to side mount. Southworth allows Ruiz to stand up so he can take Ruiz down again, which Southworth does. Southworth works for Ruiz and almost attempts an armbar. The fight ends with Southworth controlling Ruiz's back. scores the round 10-9 for Southworth.

Southworth retains light-heavyweight title via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45)

Lightweights: Nam Phan (154) vs. Billy Evangelista (155)

R1: Phan throws leg kick and punch. Evangelista throws punches and then clinches with Phan. Evangelista connects with knees. Evangelista takes down Phan. Evangelista hits Phan in the body with right punches. Phan gets to his feet but is put right back down. Phan looks for an armbar and a triangle choke but doesn't get a solid attempt. Evangelista continues to work ground and pound strikes inside Phan's guard until the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 for Evangelista.

R2: Phan boxes with Evangelista and lands body shots. Evangelista shoots but doesn't get it. They clinch and then separate. Evangelista uses front kicks. Phan connects on more punches to Evangelista's head. Evangelista loses his mouth guard. Evangelista scores the takedown. Phan stands up. Phan lands strikes. Evangelista goes for a single leg. Phan appears to have given up the takedown. scores the round 10-9 for Phan.

R3: Phan connects with punches. Evangelista attempts the single leg takedown. Phan defends it and they battle for position against the fence. Phan lands more punches and then a knee. Evangelista attempts the takedown. Evangelista concentrates on one leg and finally gets the takedown. Phan gets right back up. Evangelista puts Phan down. Evangelista works on strikes. Referee Herb Dean stands them up with 1:09 left. Phan lands more shots to the body. Phan connects with a left hook. Evangelista shoots and Phan defends. They battle in clinch until the bell sounds. scores the round 10-9 for Evangelista.

Evangelista wins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Lightweights: Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Josh Thomson (155)

R1: Melendez works jabs. Melendez presses Thomson against the cage. Thomson fights off the takedown attempt and lands a knee. Thomson takes Melendez down. Thomson advances to Melendez's halfguard. They scramble and Melendez spins around to take Thomson down. They stand up and separate. scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

R2: Thomson opens the round with a leg kick. Melendez lands punches. Thomson responds with kicks. Thomson connects with knees. Melendez wants the takedown in clinch. They separate with under 3:40 left. Thomson hits a front kick. Thomson dodges Melendez's punches and lands more kicks. Melendez chases Thomson with punches. Melendez tries for the takedown but doesn't get it. Thomson avoids Melendez's flurry of punches and kicks Melendez away. Thomson glances a spinning back kick. Melendez land punches. Thomson gets a takedown just before the end of the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

R3: Melendez stalks Thomson but its Thomson who lands front kicks. They each land strikes with Thomson getting the better of the champion. Melendez shoots and Thomson sprawls. Thomson slips but safely gets to his feet. Melendez presses Thomson with punches. Melendez throws a punch combo and Thomson responds with punches and kicks. Thomson takes Melendez down with a little over half a minute left. Thomson climbs on Melendez's back and slips off. scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

R4: Melendez gets close and throws a flurry of punches. Thomson lands kicks. Thomson continues to land front and leg kicks while backing off when Melendez comes forward with punches. Thomson scores the takedown into side mount. Thomson fights for control of Melendez's back. Thomson attempts the rear naked choke but Melendez escapes. scores the round 10-9 for Thomson. Melendez needs to finish in the fifth round. He is down 4-0 or at best, 3-1.

R5: Thomson avoids Melendez's punches while sneaking in kicks. Thomson takes Melendez down. Melendez gets to his feet and breaks free. Thomson continues to keep a distance. Melendez moves forward with a punch combo. Thomson answers back and finishes with a knee. Thomson shoots and almost takes control of Melendez's back. Melendez swings away with a minute left. Thomson battles for another takedown. They separate. Thomson backs away to ensure the victory. scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

Thomson wins the lightweight title via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)


Alexander Trivino def. Eric Jacob via submission (armbar) - R1 (0:37)

Jorge Interiano def. Travis Johnson via TKO (doctor stoppage) - R2 (3:00)

Cyrillo Padhillo def. Jesse Jones via unanimous decision

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