As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for Strikeforce Challengers 19. The live blog will start with the beginning of the Showtime broadcast (11 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
The event is headlined by a bout between one of the most exciting prospects on the Strikeforce roster, Lorenz Larkin, and Nick Rossborough. Rossborough is a late replacement for Virgil Zwicker who had to pull out due to injury. Co-headlining the card is Lavar Johnson vs. Shawn Jordan. Ryan Couture, son of Randy Couture, looks to rebound from a loss in his last bout as he takes on Maka Watson. Also in action is former Affliction, DREAM and UFC fighter Jason High as he goes to battle against Todd Moore.
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The Showtime broadcast is live, first fight up shortly.
Brian Melancon vs. Felipe Portela - Round 1 - Melancon is the shorter man and opens up with strikes early and now Portela is trying to find range with leg kicks but eats one in return. Portela really letting the leg kicks go with some power now and Melancon keeps trying to wade in with wide, wild punches. Melancon finally shoots for a single leg with roughly two minutes left in the round and Portela defends. Melancon gets his hips lower and gets a slam takedown. Portela is able to quickly get back to his feet. Portela lands a nice straight right hand counter punch that wobbles the legs of Melancon. Great combination of punches punctuated with a leg kick by Portela. Portela shoots for the takedown, can't get it and gets thrown to his back by Melancon. The round ends after a few short Melancon elbows. 10-9 Melancon.
Round 2 - Both men go back to throwing power shots early. Accidental knee to the groin by Portela and Melancon is given a few moments to recover. Both men trade again but this time Melancon gets the better of the exchange. The next exchange sees Portela land two nice shots of his own. This is a close round, Melancon is throwing more punches and is being more "aggressive" but it may be Portela actually landing the harder shots. Melancon with his best leg kick of the fight. Portela with a shot and he finishes the double leg takedown attempt. After a weird moment with Portela landing a knee to the body of Melancon and the referee checking if it was illegal, they're restarted. Melancon knocks him down with a punch and the round ends, that should be enough to give Melancon the round 10-9.
Round 3 - Melancon coming out aggressive throwing nice punches. Headkick by Portela and he lands it hard. Portela follows up with a flurry of punches but Melancon stays up before shooting and getting a takedown against the cage. Portela manages to escape to his feet with 1:30 left in the fight. Flurry of hard punches by Portela lands but Melancon takes them all well. Melancon with another takedown and he looks like he just wants to ride it out. Portela gets up, shoots for a takedown of his own and can't get it. 10-9 Porela on my card but still a 29-28 fight for Melancon.
Official Scorecards: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 all for Brian Melancon.
Jason High vs. Todd Moore - Round 1 - High with a head kick early that gets blocked and he tries to come across with an overhand left. Overhand left, right hook combo by High and he gets a takedown off of the combination. Right to an arm triangle submission attempt. High just trying to clear his right leg from the half guard to finish it. Moore escapes and High uses some elbows and punches. Moore tries for an escape and High just rolls through with him and remains on top, again looking to trap an arm triangle. 10-9 round for High.
Round 2 - High with an early takedown and works from top position. Moore does manage to scramble eventually and get on top but before he can do any real work, Jason gets his hips free and manages to get a takedown and get back on top. High throwing elbows and punches from the top until the round ends. 10-9 for High again.
Round 3 - More of the same this round. High scored an early takedown, worked from the top with punches and elbows and remained safe from top position. High threw an elbow at one point and Moore turned his head, causing it to land to the back of the head, opening a huge cut on the back of Moore's head. The fight ended up going to the judges and BE had it a 30-27 win for High.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board for Jason High. The announcer briefly announced Moore as the winner before catching himself and correcting it in a pretty funny moment.
Ryan Couture vs. Maka Watson - Round 1 - Couture ducks under Watson's first few punches and clinches up. Couture jumps on his back standing against the cage. Couture continuing to ride the back standing and land a few punches while Watson tries to shake him. Couture finally pulls him to the ground, remaining on his back. Body triangle by Couture now. The referee tells them to "stay busy. Couture now switches over for an arm triangle choke. Watson rides it out, Couture jumps back on the back of Watson now. Watson continues to defend and Couture remains on his back. Watson escapes when Couture goes for an armbar. Watson with a few punches now. Watson opens up a nasty cut on Couture's head at the end of the round. 10-9 Couture but Watson did more damage.
Round 2 - Couture with a knee off a missed punch by Watson. Now Couture ducks under a punch and gets a takedown. Couture into side control. Watson turns and gives up his back and Ryan takes it. Same transition from back to mount to arm triangle that we saw in round one and again Watson defends. Couture back to back control. Couture goes to transition to mount and Watson escapes to top again. Watson really letting his hands go. Watson really punishing Couture from the top again. 10-9 Watson in my book. Couture needs to do more than simply have the back, he is getting beat up.
Round 3 - Watson manages to work from top position early in the third round but Couture with a very weird looking sweep and ends up on Watson's back again. Couture transitions to mount again now throwing some punches instead of just looking for position and submissions he can't finish. Couture really opening up with the strikes now, this is a much better plan this round. Couture tries for a high mount and transition to triangle but can't get it and the fight ends. 10-9 Couture should be 29-28 Couture.
Official Scorecards: 28-28, 29-28 and 29-28 Ryan Couture wins by majority decision.
Lavar Johnson vs. Shawn Jordan - Round 1 - Jordan with a let hand and Johnson paws at his eye as though he took a poke. Johnson lashes out with a huge right hand and Jordan blocks it and gets a takedown. Johnson has very bad swelling under his eye which makes one think it was a punch earlier that bothered Johnson, not an eye poke. Jordan looked for a crucifix neck crank, couldn't finish it and landed a few punches. Despite Jordan having side control, the referee has Johnson's eye checked and then says that Jordan wasn't "doing enough" and restarts them on the feet. Bad move on ref Kim Winslow's part. Johnson with a punch and some knees but Jordan with the takedown and now is in full mount. Jordan with a few shots before the round ends. 10-9 Jordan.
Round 2 - Technical troubles are causing me to shorten my description of what happened in the round. Johnson landed a hard combination, Jordan came back with a big right hand. They exchanged more and continued to touch gloves and celebrate the exchanges. Jordan got the takedown and eventually locked down a kimura and got the submission win. Shawn Jordan wins by submission (kimura), round 2.
UPDATE by Kid Nate: We had some technical difficulties that prevented live blogging the headline fight between Lorenz Larkin and Nick Rossborough. In sum, it was a great fight. Rossborough came out aggressive for a late substitute and pushed the action, landing body shots while clinching against the fence. Larkin managed to get some separation in the second round and scored points. In the third Rossborough ramped up the aggression and was again muscling the smaller Larkin around, backing him into the cage and landing body punches. Suddenly Larkin dropped Rossborough with a brutal knee to the body and followed him down where they spent the rest of the round .Larkin took a unanimous decision and kept his undefeated record going.