Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Cormier” attracted 5,413 attendees to
the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., for a live gate of
The California State Athletic Commission notified Sherdog.com of
the figures on Thursday. Daniel
Cormier outpointed Josh Barnett
in the evening’s titular headliner to capture the Zuffa-owned
promotion’s heavyweight grand prix title.
Lightweight champion Gilbert
Melendez also emerged victorious on Saturday night, taking a
hard-fought split decision from challenger Josh Thomson
to retain his title in their rubber match. The evening’s main draw
aired on Showtime, while the preliminary proceedings were contested
on Showtime Extreme.
Cormier put forth a masterful performance in the evening’s main
event, continually using his sharp kickboxing and wrestling to
outpoint the highly-regarded former
UFC champion. Both men reportedly sustained broken hands in the
bout’s opening frame but delivered an exciting five rounds
nonetheless. The highlight of the bout came in round three, when
Cormier executed a spectacular slam on “The Warmaster,” hoisting
Barnett with a high-crotch and dumping him to the mat en route to a
unanimous nod from the cage-side judges.