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Strikeforce Live Blog: Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein Updates

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein, a welterweight bout on tonight's Strikeforce on Showtime event from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Woodley (9-0) is coming off a win over Paul Daley by unanimous decision. Mein (23-7) is a Canadian prospect who scored a TKO win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos last September in his Strikeforce debut.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Mein pumps out jabs to feel out Woodley. Woodley misses on an overhand right but connects on a kick to the body. 55 seconds is the amount of time elapsed until Woodley shoots. Woodley works for the single-leg with Mein's back against the fence. The referee separates them. Mein misses on a big right hand. Woodley scores the trip takedown and quickly looks for an arm-triangle choke. Woodley settles inside of Mein's halfguard. Mein tries to roll out but Woodley's top control is too good. Woodley lands a nice elbow with under a minute left. Mein escapes to his feet. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Woodley.

Round 2: First strike of the second round is a Mein leg kick that is momentarily caught. Woodley hits the mark on a big right hand that stumbles Mein backwards. The strike also allows Woodley to set up clinch and then the takedown. Woodley is concentrating more on staying in top position instead of landing strikes. Mein off his back actually seems more active than Woodley. Mein lands elbows on Woodley's shoulders. Mein attempts a guillotine but the sweaty Woodley slips right out. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Woodley.

Round 3: Mein tries a jumping knee and Woodley drives him to his back. More of the same with Woodley burying his head into the chest of Mein and pinning him down. Woodley stands up and drops down an elbow. Mein eyes a kimura and for some reason the referee stands them up at this time -- not when Woodley was pinning Mein, but when Mein was looking for a submission. They clinch. Mein tries a takedown but it's blocked. The fight ends with them each trading a knee in clinch. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Woodley. Crowd boos.

Tyron Woodley wins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

There's some strange scoring all around tonight, including ones on the undercard, specifically the Burrell-Terry fight. You can sorta, maybe make a case for Mein winning round two for his offense off his back, but Woodley definitely wins at least two of these rounds.
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