Strikeforce Diaz vs Noons II Card Breakdown
Strikeforce San Jose: Diaz vs Noons II comes to you from the HP Pavilion in San Jose California. With a much anticipated title rematch between Diaz and Noons and another title bout between Marloes Coenen and the Canadian Strikforce’s female 135 lbs champion Sarah Kaufman.
Canadian fans – remember that you can watch this card live on Super Channel Fights. Call your local cable operator for details on how to order this channel.
Here is Top MMA News‘ Matthew Rubuliak with his predictions:
Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons
Their first fight ended at the end of the first round with a doctor stoppage due to a cut. Noons took the title and defended it once until the collapse of EliteXC. After a two year hiatus, the tables have turned and Diaz now holds the Strikeforce title. Diaz is a grappler who has developed lethal striking that has helped him finish most of his fights. Since their first fight back in November of 2007, Diaz has won seven straight, while Noons, even though he has been off for two years has gone four straight in MMA and 4-1 in boxing.
It would be very difficult for Diaz to finish this fight standing. Even though Diaz has the reach advantage, Noons counters Diaz’s reach by keeping his head down and back. This also allows Noons to throw his right hand without telegraphing it.
In their first fight, Diaz’s takedowns had no power behind them and Noons developed a solid sprawl and takedown defence. In this fight, look for Diaz to advance on Noons with the jab. When they engage, Noons will quickly change his punching levels up and down Diaz. Diaz will have no option but to take it to the ground. With an improved takedown ability and a superior ground game, look for Diaz to go for the submission however it will take a few rounds to get this game plan going.
Prediction: Diaz via 3rd round submission. (If you want to see these two warriors past fights, check it out in this video.)
Sarah Kaufman vs Marloes Coenen
Some question why Coenen, after coming off a lose to Cyborg, got a second title shot for Kaufman’s 135 Women’s Welterweight title. Despite the questionable match making of Strikeforce, if Coenen can make weight it should be an exciting fight. Coenen is scheduled to fight one week later at 145 lbw in Holland. Coenen has more experience than Kaufman, but she will have to deal with the Canadian’s strength and explosiveness.
Coenen has got the height, reach, grappling and the kicking on her side. Kaufman has got the boxing, wrestling and endurance on her’s. A lot of punches will be traded, but when Kaufman grinds Coenen against the cage and employs dirty boxing and mixes in her wrestling, then her hand will be raised.
Prediction: Kaufman via 3rd found TKO.
Josh Thomson vs “JZ” Cavalcante
Josh Thomson is a really good fighter. Fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy, he has very good boxing. With that said, his flaws are easily noticed. Thomson lets his opponents dictate the pace and place of the fight. He also likes to get involved in wild exchanges. Because he has decent takedown defence, if an opponent wanted to ensure a win over Thomson they would have to attack the legs early and often. Calvalcante whose first name is Gesias, goes by the moniker of JZ, has had an off and on fight schedule with only four fights in the last three years. While his fight schedule has be picking up lately, one would have seen him on various times cornering some of ATT’s top fighters. JZ has a stand up game that could beat Thomson outright however, after a slow feeling out process this will hit the mat. With ground and pound and simple position will be the key to this fight and it will go to the judges.
Prediction: Cavalcante by decision.
Tyron Woodley vs Andre Galvao
Tyron Woodley does have a good submission game and great wrestling. His record is either 6-0, 7-0, or 8-0 depending on the sources you look at. Galvao has a 5-1 record, but this guy is a world class grappler. World class by even Brazilian standards. This fight will be Woodley’s to loss. When he is engaged in striking battles that he is losing, he resorts to his wrestling. When Woodley is pressed against the cage, he shoots for the takedown. On any other opponent, this is a good tactic, but against Galvao it will be disastrous. Galvao does not have the striking that will cause Woodley to shoot, but Galvao will push Woodley back with leg kicks. At some point, instinct will kick in and Woodley will want take it to the ground. With a few stand ups expected, because of Woodley’s wrestling. Galvao will find a hole somewhere and submit him.
Prediction: Galvao via 2nd round submission.
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