Gurgel dropped to 2-3 inside the Strikeforce cage, as Joe Duarte
earned a unanimous decision over the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
in the “Challengers
18” headliner Friday night at The Pearl in Las Vegas.
Gurgel struggled in the wrestling department and spent lots of
energy trying to take his opponent down through the first two
rounds. Sporting a busted nose, the Ohio-based fighter got more
aggressive as the fight went on but was unable to establish a
rhythm or find comfort while exchanging blows or dropping
Duarte (10-2), fighting out of Southern California’s “The Arena,”
sealed the fight with a third-round takedown following a failed
trip attempt by Gurgel. The Brazilian went for an outside trip and
Duarte cleared the hips to land directly in the mount.
This error and another takedown with 30 seconds remaining cost
Gurgel (14-8) the bout, as judges Tony Weeks and Junichiro Kamijo
saw it 29-28, while Patricia Morse-Jarman had it 30-27 for the San
James outhustled Danillo
Villefort en route to a unanimous decision following a
back-and-fourth middleweight contest that saw the victor work
primarily from the top while the veteran with major-league
experience had near finishes but couldn’t put away his
Villefort (13-4) found the back of his American Kickboxing Academy
opponent in round one and locked up a guillotine in the final
stanza. Despite coming close, the Floridian was forced to play the
guard game for much of the bout and the judges penalized him for
All three virtual judges on Sherdog.com’s play-by-play saw the
action 29-28 for Villefort, but official judges Adalaide Byrd
(30-27) Glenn Trowbridge (29-28) and Mark Smith (29-28) scored it
for James, who upped his record to 13-7-1.
The event’s lone women’s bout saw controversy
unfold, as Olympic judoka Ronda
Rousey dispatched Sarah
D'Alelio with an armbar at 0:25 of the first.
Rousey is going to be a special athlete.
Rousey, a native of Venice, Calif., jumped for the armbar in a
standing position and secured a tight hold on the elbow. D’Alelio
(4-2) appeared to yelp slightly, and the Team Hayastan athlete let
go of the limb and told referee Steve Mazzagatti that her opponent
had verbally submitted. In her postfight interview, the Olympia,
Wash., resident denied doing such, saying she only slightly
verbally acknowledged the hold.
Regardless, Rousey moved to 3-0 with the win, with all three
victories coming by way of first-round armbar inside of one
Healy stayed true to his wrestling roots in a unanimous
decision over lightweight prospect Eric Wisely
The seasoned UFC and International Fight League veteran had little
trouble taking down his Team Conquest foe, who attacked from the
bottom with a bevy of submissions but was unable to cinch a
tapout-inducing catch. Healy (25-16), of St. Louis, controlled from
the top for nearly the entire 15 minutes of action on his way to
the judges’ nod. Official scores and judge identities were not made
In the evening’s first televised bout, Derrick
Mehmen survived a vicious cut above his left eye from a
spinning-back kick to seize a unanimous decision from an electric
Mehman (12-3) was tagged by a flying knee and several punches in
the first period, which caused his left eye to nearly close by the
time the first five minutes had passed. As the horn signaled the
start of round two, Jones’ right heel appeared to open the swollen
mass above the American Top Team representative’s eye, causing a
torrent of vital fluid to pour onto the canvas. The cut was checked
by a ringside physician on referee Herb Dean’s
orders, but the fight was allowed to continue.
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native controlled Jones (6-2) for the
duration of the bout with tight positioning on the floor, where he
scored enough to outpoint the Imperial Athletics fighter. Judges’
names and scores were not announced.