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Strikeforce Live Blog: Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante Updates

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante, a heavyweight bout on tonight's Strikeforce on Showtime event at the IZOD Center.

Griggs (9-1), coming off a win last August over Bobby Lashley, will face Villante (7-1), a former football player who previously fought exclusively for the Ring of Combat promotion in New Jersey.

The live blog is below.

Round 1: Griggs clashes with Villante early and they trade knees in clinch. Griggs throws huge overhands and he's clipping Villante. Villante pushes Griggs against the cage to slow Griggs down. Once Griggs gets open space he throws more bombs while Villante looks for uppercuts from clinch. Villante lands a head kick, but it doesn't phase Griggs. However, there is blood pouring out of Griggs' left ear. Griggs fires away wildly with more punches. Griggs drops VIllante and then once more with a right to finish the fight. Not pretty, but Griggs pulls off another upset in an action-packed brawl.

Griggs wins via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:49

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