Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier Coverage And Fight Video

Coverage and fight videos for Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, held on May 19, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett and GIlbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson headlined the night.

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Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson Fight Video Highlights

If you missed last night's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier card, catch up with Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson fight video highlights, brought to you by Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier took place May 19, 2012, at San Jose, California's HP Pavilion. Reigning Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2) took on Josh Thomson (19-5, 1 NC) in a furious rubber match in the night's co-main event. Check out the video highlights below.

Get more on Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson with play-by-play from MMA Fighting, SB Nation's home for mixed martial arts.

Round 1: Trilogy fight here. Thomson won the first bout and Melendez the rematch. Thomson got a mixed reaction from the crowd and Melendez a big ovation. Dan Stell is your referee. Thomson counters Melendez's early flurries. Melendez scores a takedown. They scramble back to their feet. Thomson clearly doesn't want a firefight. Brief exchanges. One minute left. Thomson with a combo and a high kick late, Melendez follows with a quick takedown. MMAFighting scores the round for Melendez, 10-9.

Round 2: Round two starts off at the same pace as round one. Thomson occasionally going for the high kick. Melendez throwing looping 1-2 combos. Melendez connects on an uppercut. Time out as Thomson catches something in the eye, didn't quite see it live and no replay on the screen. First real exchange of the round, Melendez gets the better of it. Melendez with a takedown. One minute left. Back up with 20 seconds left. Melendez stuffs Thomson's takedown attempt. MMAFighting scores the round for Melendez, 10-9 (20-18 overall).

Round 3: Melendez connects with a 1-2, goes for a double-leg, doesn't get it. Thomson connects and scores damage for the first time in the fight. Melendez backpedaling. Thomson with an uppercut and Melendez with a counter. Thomson with a trip, Melendez right back up. Thomson appears to be cut by his hairline. Pace slows. Melendez gets inside and lands several uppercuts. Thomson again claims an eye poke, scrambles away. Referee won't give him a time out this time. Thomson goes for a takedown, Melendez shakes him off. Melendez has a welt around his right eye. Closest round, but still Melendez's. MMAFighting scores the round for Melendez, 10-9 (30-27 overall).

Round 4: Melendez's right eye nearly closed as the round starts. Melendez measures Thomson and connects with a right hand. Thomson registers with a sharp straight left, followed by a head kick. Melendez goes for a double leg, picks up Thomson, and slams him. They get up and Melendez hits a standing elbow. Midway through, Melendez goes for a double leg but can't take Thomson down. Thomson drops Melendez and ends up in Melendez's guard. Gets Melendez's back as he tries to get up, gets a rear-naked choke. One minute left. Melendez breaks it but Thomson sinks it back in. 30 seconds left. Melendez breaks it a second time. Melendez gets to his feet, Thomson slams him, but still Thomson hangs on. Melendez survives. Tremendous sequence to finish the round. MMAFIghting scores the round for Thomson, 10-9 (39-37 Melendez overall).

Round 5: Biggest ovation from the crowd all night as round five starts. A "Gilbert" chant breaks out. Thomson looks confident. Melendez scores a takedown. Thomson back to his feet. Two minutes in. Thomson steps into a huge right that just misses Melendez. Melendez blocks a high kick. Thomson registers a flurry. Two minutes left. Thomson once again claims an eye poke. Brief break. Back to action. Hellacious flurry by Thomson, finished off with a knee. Crowd now chanting for Thomson. One minute left. Thomson with a takedown. Thirty seconds left. They finish with Thomson in Melendez's guard. Got a feeling this one will come down to how the judges scored a close round three. Big ovation from the crowd at the finish. MMAFighting scores the round for Thomson, 10-9 (48-47 Melendez overall).

Strikeforce Barnett vs. Cormier results: Gilbert Melendez wins via split decision, taking two of three 48-47 scores.

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Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett Fight Video Highlights

Catch up on Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier with Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett fight video highlights, via Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier was held May 19, 2012, at San Jose's HP Pavilion. Daniel Cormier (10-0) and Josh Barnett (31-6) engaged in an electrifying 25-minute war to settle the long-awaited Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final. Video highlights can be seen below.

Check out more on Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett with play-by-play from MMA Fighting, SB Nation's home for mixed martial arts.

Round 1: Josh Rosenthal is the main-event referee. Barnett with a couple quick jabs, slips throwing a kick. Quick clinch. Cormier goes inside. Cormier clearly not terribly afraid of Barnett's reach advantage. Cormier scores a knee. Another clinch. Cormier tosses Barnett aside and chases after him. Barnett with a jab, Cormier counters with several shots. Another Greco clinch. Barnett narrowly misses with a big standing elbow. Pace slows a bit. Barnett with a low kick. Two minutes left. Big right by Cormier. Cormier more active. Both guys land knees in the clinch. Cormier's punches are crisp. Barnett catches Cormier late with a nice knee and they finish the round cinched along the fence. MMAFighting scores the round for Cormier, 10-9.

Round 2: Barnett with a jab and Cormier with a counter flurry. Barnett with a front kick. Barnett rocks Cormier backwards, but Cormier regains his footing. They clinch, and Cormier catches him with an elbow as they break. Shot to the body by Cormier registers. Cormier with a takedown midway through the round. Cormier in Barnett's guard. After a stalemate, Cormier lands an elbow that bloodies Barnett. Barnett goes for a leg lock, Cormier escapes, gets to his feet, then goes right back into Barnett's guard. Thirty seconds left. Cormier lands a couple shots as the round ends.MMAFighting scores the round for Cormier, 10--9 (20-18 overall).

Round 3: They clinch along the fence in the opening minute. Barnett tries for a single-leg, abandons it. Back to center cage a minute in. Cormier lands a 1-2. Barnett misses a running knee. Cormier with a gigantic slam. Cormier has side control. Cormier tries for a choke as they get back up. They're standing. Barnett's face looks like it's been hit with a sledgehammer. He's not even showing hints of backing down, though. Slower pace. Cormier staggers Barnett with a head kick and a big knee. Barnett in trouble but won't go down. Big knee and a roundhouse by Barnett. My god, is Josh Barnett tough. Cormier behind Barnett, wants a big slam, doesn't get the leverage. Round ends with Cormier still hanging on to Barnett. MMAFighting scores the round for Cormier, 10-9 (30-27 overall).

Round 4: Barnett catches Cormier with a big knee early. They clinch, Barnett throws a couple knees. Barnett with a left head kick followed by a right head kick. Barnett with a knee. Two minutes in, they clinch along the fence. Barnett whiffs on a spinning back fist. Cormier goes for a single leg and finishes it with a nifty trip. Cormier goes for either some sort of leg lock (can't quite tell what with a Showtime type standing up directly in front of me). It's very close, but Cormier slides out of danger. Cormier ends up in Barnett's guard. Rosenthal calls for a standup with 30 seconds left. Very close round, Barnett with a sense of urgency. MMAFighting scores the round for Barnett, 10-9 (39-37 Cormier overall).

Round 5: Barnett with a kick to the body. A timeout called as the mat was wet, Rosenthal towels it off and we're back at it. Barnett throws a combo and we've got a positional battle along the fence. They end up back out in the center. Cormier appears content to simply not lose the fight, Barnett isn't yet doing anything to take it. Crowd gets a bit restless. Cormier with a combo. Two minutes left. Barnett with a spinning back first, Cormier scores a takedown and just misses with a slam attempt, as Barnett lands on his feet. The clinch, Barnett's back to the fence. One minute left. Both guys still standing and clinched. Down to the closing seconds. Cormier avoids contact, too many boos from the crowd at the end for a quality fight. MMAFighting scores the round for Cormier, 10-9 (49-46 overall).

Strikeforce Barnett vs. Cormier results: Daniel Cormier wins via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45).

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