Veteran fighter "Vicious" Bobby Voelker got sweet revenge for his only Strikeforce loss, with a TKO victory over "Relentless" Roger Bowling. Voelker has amassed over thirty fights in the span of less than five years as a professional fighter, and this was by far his biggest win.
Roger Bowling didn't look like his usual aggressive self against Bobby Voelker this time out. Bowling was tentative on his feet and worked mostly for takedowns on Voelker up against the fence. Bowling likely squeaked by on the judges' scorecards in the first round, but then took one hell of a beating in the second stanza. Eventually, with the fighters on the ground and Voelker on top, Voelker rained down punches until the referee stopped the fight.
In the co-main event, gunshot survivor Lavar "Big" Johnson laid the smackdown on Virgil "Rezdog" Zwicker DEATH WISH style. Zwicker, who did several years in prison, represented the villain in this one against the hometown fighter. Zwicker paid dearly for all three of those bullets lodged into Johnson's body. Of course, Zwicker wasn't the one who shot Johnson, but nonetheless it was Johnson who made Zwicker drop like a bullet hit him.
In the Madman Fight of the Night, Billy Evangelista and Waachiim Spiritwolf engaged in a spirited 3-round encounter full of brutality. The journeyman fighter Spiritwolf actually outwrestled Evangelista, but it was Spiritwolf's lack of cardio that caused him to fade as the fight went on, while Evangelista remained strong. This was a well-earned decision victory for Evangelista, and hopefully we'll see Spiritwolf back in Strikeforce soon. Spiritwolf doesn't have the best MMA record, but he does have a heart every bit as big as his last name implies.
Muay Thai fighter Julia "The Jewel" Budd made a successful transition to MMA with a TKO win over previously undefeated Shana "Rock Solid" Olsen. Budd is a big, strong 145-pound female fighter and is someone who could eventually challenge Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Budd showed incredible grappling ability against Olsen, given she is coming from a striking background, and only faltered in the fight by instinctively throwing elbows to a grounded opponent, which is illegal in Strikeforce and caused Budd to receive a point-deduction.
In the opening televised fight, John Devine rebounded from a Strikeforce loss to now-KOTC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, with a chokeout of the redundantly nicknamed Brandon "Money" Cash. Devine used his wrestling advantage to neutralize Cash until he was able to secure a submission. After starting his career 5-0, Cash has now suffered his second straight Strikeforce loss, and third loss in a row overall. Cash's currency value is definitely at an all-time low. Methinks Strikeforce may have found an opponent in Cash for Herschel Walker in December.
In the only professional undercard fight, David "Tarzan" Douglas scored his first Strikeforce win with a TKO over previously undefeated Dominic Clark. The remainder of the undercard featured amateur bouts.
[8:58] - 3:58 Round 2 - punches
Lavar Johnson (15-3) won by KO over Virgil Zwicker (8-2)
[2:17] - Round 1 - punches
Billy Evangelista (11-0) won by UD over Waachiim Spiritwolf (8-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds
Julia Budd (1-0) won by TKO over Shana Olsen (4-1)
[7:51] - 2:51 Round 2 - punches
John Devine (6-3) won by SUB over Brandon Cash (5-3)
[3:05] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke
David Douglas (5-2) won by TKO over Dominic Clark (3-1)
[7:33] - 2:33 Round 2 - punches
Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.
UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Billy Evangelista vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
KO OF THE NIGHT: Bobby Voelker over Roger Bowling
SUB OF THE NIGHT: John Devine (rear-naked choke) over Brandon Cash
QUICKEST WIN: Lavar Johnson over Virgil Zwicker in 137 seconds
BIGGEST UPSET: Bobby Voelker (+425) over Roger Bowling
BIGGEST WINNER:) Bobby Voelker
BIGGEST LOSER:( Brandon Cash
STRIKEFORCE fights ONLY.
Lavar Johnson (3-0)
Bobby Voelker (3-1)
Julia Budd (1-0)
Roger Bowling (1-1)
John Devine (1-1)
David "Tarzan" Douglas (1-1)
Virgil Zwicker (0-1)
Waachim Spiritwolf (0-1)
Shana Olsen (0-1)
Dominic Clark (0-1)
Brandon Cash (0-2)