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dudeabides 08-11-2011 07:23 PM

Strikeforce Challengers 18: Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte

dudeabides 08-13-2011 01:59 AM



Round 1 - They touch gloves and trade a few punches, both men landing left hands. Duarte landing another nice let hand. Gurgel with a nice three punch combo. Two more shots by GUrgel land. Nice low kick by Gurgel. Left hook lands for Gurgel. Gurgel is clearly able to win the fight on the feet and is occasionally looking for a takedown but it's not a vital part of his offense. Nice right hand by Duarte. Duarte landed some nice punches at the end of the round and finished with a takedown. I'd still go 10-9 Gurgel.

Round 2 - Gurgel with a walking series of punches that miss. Duarte lands a counter right. Gurgel coming forward and occasionally landing leg kicks. Uppercut lands for Duarte. Right hand now. Gurgel has shot for a few takedowns this fight but Duarte has avoided them with ease. Duarte is having a much better round than he did in the first. Duarte working his jab in the later stages of the round. Overhand right by Duarte buzzes Gurgel a little bit. 10-9 round for Duarte t even it up on my card.

Round 3 - A few punches land for Gurgel early. Gurgel is stepping it up early in this round. Landing a nice head kick now and a series of punches. Now Gurgel looking for a takedown. Duarte ends up in top position in Gurgel's butterfly guard with over half the round remaining. Gurgel landing elbows off his back. Healy postures up briefly to land a couple punches.Duarte stands up though instead of riding position to try to steal the round. Right hand by Gurgel. Duarte with a takedown with 30 seconds left. Gurgel with more elbows off his back as the round ends. 10-9 Gurgel makes it 29-28 Gurgel on my card.

Official scorecards: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 all for Joe Duarte. Joe Duarte wins by unanimous decision.

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