FIGHT! Facts & Rankings: Strikeforce Challengers 8

(Courtesy of Esther Lin / Strikeforce)

Matt Lindland got a much needed win last night and three of Strikeforce’s welterweight prospects put another notch on their belts.

FIGHT! Results

Matt Lindland def. Kevin Casey by TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of Round 3.
Tyron Woodley def. Nathan Coy by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Roger Bowling def. Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Moore by KO (punch) at 1:21 of Round 2.
Pat Healy def. Brian Travers by unanimous decision (30-27 29-28, 29-28)
Pro Escobedo def. Jason Sharp by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Blaine Macintosh def. Ben Morgan by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
David Lloyd def. Jay Schafer by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Patrick Whittington def. Jason Lambert by submission (triangle choke) at 1:39 of Round 1.
Hamza Salim def. Lee Flores by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

FIGHT! Rankings

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Matt Lindland got back in the win column and climbed from #49 to #37 in FIGHT!’s Middleweight Rankings with his stoppage of unranked Kevin Casey. Welterweight prospect Tyron Woodley slipped one spot, from #47 to #48, in our Welterweight Rankings with his split decision victory over unranked Nathan Coy. It’s rare for a guy to lose ground with a win, but a split decision is the weakest mathematical result in our ranking system – factor in the fact that Coy is unranked and welterweight is absolutely stacked, and Woodley slides one spot in the wrong direction.

Tarec Saffiedine enters those same stacked Welterweight Rankings at #37 after his stoppage win over Nate Moore. UFC, WEC, and IFL vet Pat Healy enters our Lightweight Rankings at #80 following his win over unranked Brian Travers. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.

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