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Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs Duarte - fight recap

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Event: Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs Duarte

Date: August 12, 2011

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Venue: Palms Casino Resort

Broadcast: Pay Per View

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Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs. Duarte was a mixed martial arts event held by Strikeforce. The eighteenth Challengers episode took place on August 12, 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Strikeforce made its sophomore appearance at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas for Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte on Friday, August 12 with three breathtaking finishes among the first four bouts.

Ultimate Fighter alum and UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel met Joe Duarte in the main event and the bout needed all three rounds to decide who the better man was.

Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte:

As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Gurgel has probably spent more time in extended, drawn-out, when-will-it-end violent slugfests than anyone that immediately comes to mind. Perhaps one can point to his years of training with buddy Rich Franklin, because for a long stretch, Gurgel seemed to fight like nobody could hurt him.

It made for exciting matches, but it was not the most tactically sound approach, as Gurgel’s submission game remains solid. It also caught up to him two fights ago, when he suffered the first knockout loss of his career against the hard-hitting K.J. Noons. Since then, he has rebounded, catching journeyman Billy Vaughan in a nice standing guillotine on which Gurgel patiently waited, fine-tuning his grip before dropping to the mat for a slam-bang finishing choke.

Duarte is a huge lightweight, cutting down from 180 pounds, and he reportedly owns a 19-1 mark as a professional muay Thai fighter. His standup seems stout enough, as he strikes with power and aggression, especially with the right uppercut, but his takedown defense looks spotty. Gurgel’s no NCAA wrestler, but a solid jiu-jitsu man can exploit such holes by using basic trip techniques in the clinches.

James vs Villefort:

Villefort with a leg kick and a nice elbow. James is just getting countered every time he throws anything. James with an overhand right but he eats a leg kick in response.

Head kick by James and he eats a leg kick from Villefort. James lands the better punch in an exchange for once. Right hand by Villefort lands. Thai plum and Villefort lands a few knees.

James turns Villefort into the cage but gets thrown and Villefort is in side control. Right to the mount now. Just misses a big elbow and James gives up his back. Villefort looks for the rear naked choke but can't get it locked in before the end of the round. 10-9 Villefort.

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Challengers 18 MAIN CARD results:

Duarte def Gurgel via unanimous decisionStrikeforce-Gurgel-vs-Duarte-Wagering-Odds

James def Villefort via unanimous decision

Healy def Wisely via unanimous decision

Rousey def D'alelio via submission

Mehmen def Jones via unanimous decision

Challengers 18 preliminary CARD results:

Villante def Berry via unanimous decision

Burrell def Leś via TKO

Bronzoulis def Leonhardt via TKO

Vieira def Ford via technical submission


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