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Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor Edges Cyborg, Gurgel Tops Huen in Standup Brawl

Jorge Gurgel (left) and Conor HuenJoey Villasenor edged Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos via split decision in the Strikeforce Challengers main event on Friday in Kent, Washington, but a “Fight of the Year” candidate between Jorge Gurgel and Conor Huen stole the show, as Gurgel topped Huen by unanimous decision in a standup brawl.

Tim Kennedy, Sarah Kaufman, and Luke Rockhold were also victorious on the Showtime-televised main card.

The event’s official results were:

  • Joey Villasenor def. Evangelista Cyborg via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Tim Kennedy def. Nick Thompson via submission (strikes) — Round 2, 2:37
  • Jorge Gurgel def. Conor Heun via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Sarah Kaufman def. Shayna Baszler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Luke Rockhold def. Corey Devela via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 0:30
  • Dennis Hallman def. Justin Davis via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 0:20
  • Brian Caraway def. Alex Zuniga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Lyle Beerbohm def. Duane Ludwig via submission (schoolyard choke) — Round 1, 4:27
  • Landon Showalter def. George Stork via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Len Bentley def. Marques Daniels via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Steve Hadsel def. Taylor Roberts via knockout (punches) — Round 1, 0:17

[Pictured: Jorge Gurel (left) and Conor Huen]

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