Nick Diaz retained the Strikeforce welterweight title with a second-round submission of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the main event Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” event in San Jose, California.
Cyborg started strong with a string of hard leg kicks, but tired as the round wore on and Diaz took advantage, rocking the challenger with his patented punches to close out the opening round.
In the second, both fighters were content to stand and trade and each had their moments, but a late Cyborg takedown allowed Diaz to lock in an armbar and force the submission with just 10 seconds left in the round.
Diaz improves to 24-7 with the victory and has now won nine-straight, while Santos falls to 18-14 following back-to-back wins.
Also on the Showtime-televised main card, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza retained his middleweight title with a third-round submission of Robbie Lawler, Herschel Walker dominated Scott Carson for a first-round TKO, and Roger Gracie submitted Trevor Prangley in the opening round.
The official “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” results were:
- Champ Nick Diaz def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:50
Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
- Champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Robbie Lawler via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 2:00
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
- Herschel Walker def. Scott Carson via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
- Roger Gracie def. Travor Prangley via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 4:19