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Strikeforce Live Blog: Jacare Souza vs. Ed Herman

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Ronaldo Souza vs. Ed Herman, a catchweight bout during Saturday night's Marquardt vs. Saffiedine event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Souza, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Herman, who is 3-1 with 1 no-contest in his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the Strikeforce live blog below.

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Round 1: Referee Mark Carter oversees the action. Both fighters touch gloves and we're off. Leg kick by Herman. Souza lunges in with a straight shot. Herman ties up but soon finds himself pressed against the cage wall. Souza backs up and connects with a body shot. Souza changes levels and dumps Herman on his back. Souza postures up. Herman grasps for a leglock but he can't get it. A few wild upkicks collide with Souza's jaw. Carter stops the action and, unbelievably, not only fails to take a point away for the illegal blows, but also restarts the fight standing. Souza throws out a combination, then slams Herman back to the mat, landing in side control. Souza hunting for a kimura, and he has it! Herman taps. This one is over.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza def. Ed Herman via submission (kimura) at 3:10 of round 1.