The third fight of the night at Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov is Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista Santos. This is a welterweight fight, meaning 170 pounds. The referee in charge of the action is Jerry Poe.
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ROUND 1 - Both fighters open orthodox and exchange both inside and outside leg kicks. Both fighters trying to time counter righthands, although none landing flush. Cyborg doing most of the stalking. Nice lefthand from Cyborg as Mein charges in. Mein lands nice left hook, but Cyborg follows up with a right and hard outside leg kicks.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Santos.
ROUND 2 - Outside leg kick from Mein, but it's checked by Cyborg. Santos lands outside leg kick, but eats a left hook as a consequence. Mein switching stances now. Mein lands nice right hand lead to the body. Two HARD inside and outside leg kicks from Santos, but Mein follows up with a left hook. Left hand lead to the body by Mein. Spinning heel kick from Santos lands on nothing. Both fighters exchange leg kicks now. Hard left straight from Mein nails Santos. Spinning back first from Mein misses.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Mein.
ROUND 3 - Nice left straight lands for Mein, but he barely misses a hard head kick from Santos. Mein lands a decent uppercut with the right. Left and then a right from Mein. And again. Hard left hook and now Mein is pouring it on. Santos is rocked and Mein rips a liver shot. Cyborg covering up and backing up and Mein is raining hard elbows at short range without the use of a clinch. Cyborg slumps to the mat and the referee stops the fight.
Strikeforce results: Jordan Mein defeats Evangelista Santos by TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:19 of round 3.