Daniel Cormier (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
Josh Barnett (bottom) fights Daniel Cormier (top) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion.
Daniel Cormier attempts to throw Josh Barnett to the canvas during their Strikefotce Heavyweight World Grand Prix final bout Saturday night in San Jose. Cormier won the fight by unanimous deicsion to claim the tournament championship.
Josh Barnett throws a right against Daniel Cormier. Cormier, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, improved to 10-0 in his MMA career. Barnett fell to 31–6.
The new champ
Daniel Cormier celebrates with the championship belt after defeating Josh Barnett Saturday night. Cormier defeated Barnett via unanimous decision (49–46, 50–45, 50–45) to claim the heavyweight title.
Gilbert Melendez tries to punish Josh Thomson in their lightweight bout. Melendez defeated Thomson via split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47) to retain the lightweight championship Saturday night at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix event in San Jose.
Here we go
Josh Thomson enters the cage to fight Strikeforce lightweight chmpion Gilbert Melendez for the third time. The fighters had split the first two bouts.
Champing at the bit
Strikeforce lilghtweight champion Gilbert Melendez enters the cage to fight Josh Thomson.
Josh Thomson fires a right at Gilbert Melendez. Thomson fell to 19-5 with one no-contest.
Josh Thomson looks to defend himself against Gilbert Melendez. Melendez won his seventh stright bout since losing to Thomson in their first bout in June 2008.
Set for battle
Rafael Cavalcante enters the cage for his welterweight fight against Mike Kyle at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix in San Jose.
Cocked and ready
Rafael Cavalcante gets set to deliver a right hand to Mike Kyle during their light heavyweight bout.
Your winner is ...
Rafael Cavalcante is declared the winner of his bout with Mike Kyle. Cavalcante defeated Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:33 of Round 1.
Rafael Cavalcante celebrates after defeating Mike Kyle. Cavalcante improved to 12–3 with the win.
Ready for action
Chris Spang enters for his welterweight fight against Nah-Shon Burrell at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix in San Jose.
That'll do it
Chris Spang puts the finishing touches on Nah-Shon Burrell in their bout.
Nice to knee you
Chris Sprang delivers a knee to the face of Nah-Shon Burrell. Sprang improved to 5-1 in his career.
Fist meet face
Nah-Shon Burrell (left) takes a shot from Chris Spang during their welterweight bout. Spang defeated Burrell via TKO (knees) at 3:25 of Round 1.