May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Nah-Shon Burrell (left) fights Chris Spang (right) during the welterweight bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Going into this, Chris Spang was a considerable underdog, standing at 4-1 and having dropped a decision to Ricky Legere Jr. back in January. His opponent Nah-Shon Burrell was on a six fight winning streak and looked to be using Spang as a stepping stone. Well... that did not happen tonight.
With a left hook that cracked open Nah-Shon Burrell's defenses, Chris Spang unleashed a vicious Muay Thai-style offensive onslaught to get the finish. Something like a dozen knees landed from the Thai Plum clinch for Spang and somehow Burrell stayed on his feet and even began defending the later blows.
Finally, the knees and the uppercuts from Spang were too much and Burrell went down. At that point, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the fight. The stoppage seemed to be somewhat controversial in how long it took for Rosenthal to step in, but Burrell seemed to be defending himself until slumping to the grown.
Spang improves to 5-1 and Burrell drops to 8-2 for their careers.