Strikeforce: Cyborg keeps title and Nick Diaz takes belt

Cris punishes Marloes Coenen. Photo: Esther Lin

Two Strikeforce titles were decided this Saturday in Miami, Florida. In the evening’s main fight, Nick Diaz overwhelmed Marius Zaromskis and secured the vacant welterweight title for himself. Cris Cyborg successfully defended her female title for the first time, faring well against Marloes Coenen.

Nick Diaz won the belt. Photo: Esther Lin

Although he comes from a Jiu-Jitsu background training under Cesar Gracie, Diaz’s victory came by way of TKO before the opening round was over. Cyborg had to work a little harder. Her triumph, the ninth in a row, came by way of technical knockout in the third stanza.

In another highly-anticipated fight, Robbie Lawler surprised and defeated Melvin Manhoef quickly. Known for his knockouts, having thus achieved 23 of his 24 victories, this time Manhoef had a taste of his own medicine. He was knocked out in the first round.

The referee separates Lawler, with Manhoef collapsed on the ground. Photo: Esther Lin

Check out the complete results:

Miami, Florida
January 30, 2010

Nick Diaz beat Marius Zaromskis via TKO at 4:38min of R1
Cris “Cyborg” Santos defeated Marloes Coenen via TKO to 3min40s of R3
Herschel Walker defeated Greg Nagy via TKO at 2:17 min of R3
Robbie Lawler defeated Melvin Manhoef via KO at 3:33 min of R1
Bobby Lashley defeated Wes Sims via TKO at 206 min of R1
Jay Hieron defeated Joe Riggs via unanimous decision

Michael Byrnes won via majority decision David Zitnik
Joe Ray defeated John Clarke via TKO at 314 min of R1
David Gomez defeated Craig Oxley via unanimous decision
Pablo Alfonso submitted Marcos DaMatta via armbar at 1:47 min of R1
Hayder Hassan Ryan Keenan won by ko to 2min42s R2
John Kelly finished Sabah Homasi with a rear naked choke to 2min48s R2

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