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ST. LOUIS -- Join MMAForReal.com's Matt Bishop for live coverage of tonight's Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields card from Scottrade Center.

We'll have live play-by-play and results of each fight on the card, which is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. ET. The main card will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Also, when the show's over, join Lights Out Radio for live post-fight coverage starting at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.


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Preliminary bouts:

Lightweight bout:

Pat Benson vs. Dave Cochran

Round 1 — Benson on top lands a few shots. Back to the feet. Benson pulls guard. He eventually pulls an armbar. Time is 2:18.

Middleweight bout:

Scott Ventimiglia vs. Lucas Lopes

Round 1 — Lopes with some kicks. Nice left hook by Lopes. Lopes misses a straight left and is taken down. Ventimiglia into side control. Working some ground and pound. Ventimiglia goes for a keylock but Lopes escapes. Lopes rolls and regains full guard. Ventimiglia passes to side. Ventimiglia gets overanxious and Lopes grabs a heel. Ventimiglia escapes. In a scramble, Ventimiglia hits Lopes with an illegal knee. It's not looking good for Lopes to continue. It hasn't been waved off officially, but they've brought the stool in. It's a disqualification. The official time is 3:26. They've brought the stretcher up for Lopes, who is sitting on the stool. He walks out of the cage with some assistance and his corner walks him down to the stretcher.

Welterweight bout:

Tyron Woodley vs. Salvoder Woods

Round 1 — Woodley with a nice left hook. After an exchange, Woodley picks him up and slams him with great force. He's in side control. Woods gets up when he tries to pass. Another big takedown for Woodley into side control. Into half-guard. Not much happening on the ground now. Woodley, in guard, pushes him against the fence. Woodley stands up out of guard and lands some nice shots. Into side control. Woodley locks up a D'Arce Choke and it's over. Official time is 4:20.

Light-heavyweight bout:

Booker DeRousse vs. James Wade

Round 1 — DeRousse puts Wade up against the cage and takes him down into side control. He gets back up quickly. They stay on the feet but nothing of note lands. The crowd chants for DeRousse. Back against the cage. They seperate. Wade has DeRousse hurt against the cage. DeRousse comes back with some uppercuts from the clinch. They go to the ground. DeRousse gets his back and starts pounding away. The referee gives Wade time to defend himself. He doesn't and it's over. The official time is 4:06.

Light-heavyweight bout:

Rafael Feijao vs. Mike Kyle

Round 1 — Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are in Feijao's corner. Kyle bullies Feijao into the cage but Feijao escapes. Feijao slips on a high kick attempt. Straight right by Kyle. Nice leg kick by Feijao. Nice combo by Kyle. Nothing significant landing until Feijao sends Kyle stumbling with a kick to the thigh. Kyle lands his best punch of the fight after the round.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Feijao

Round 2 — Feijao gets a takedown. Kyle goes for upkicks and Feijao patiently throws them away and gets mount. Back to half-guard. Feijao has his back standing. Kyle spins out and lands a nice three-punch combo. Kyle drops Feijao and then lands some heavy shots out the ground. He takes two unnecessary shots before the referee steps in. He's still out. He finally sits up after a few tense moments. The official time is 2:05. Feijao walks out under his own power.

Catchweight bout (175 pounds):

Jesse Finney vs. Josh Bumgarner

Round 1 — They come out swinging early. They fall to the ground and Finney ends up on top. He gets to side control. He gets him in the crucifix position and starts pounding away. Finney changes the game plan and locks in a Kimura that elicits the tap. The official time is 1:55.

We now have some time until the main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

Main card:

Light-heavyweight bout:

Kevin Randleman vs. Mike Whitehead

Round 1 — Whitehead misses a high kick and slips and Randleman takes him down and has nice back. They stand. Nice knee inside by Whitehead. Whitehead gets a takedown but Randleman flips him over out of mount. Nice right hook by Whitehead. Whitehead goes for another takedown and gets it but Randleman reverses and they end up on the feet. Whitehead wades in some some punches and gets another takedown against the cage. Half-guard. Whitehead tries to use his leg to pass but Randleman sweeps and back to the feet. Randleman looks to be tiring. Nice uppercut by Whitehead. Whitehead with another double-leg into half-guard. Whitehead with some body punches as the round expires.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Whitehead

 

Round 2 — Whitehead opens with another takedown. Whitehead not doing much on the ground as the boo birds come out for the first time on the night. Into side control. Whitehead is doing nothing until he mounts. Randleman holding him close. Randleman escapes. Into a body lock and Randleman lands an upper cut. Right hook connects for Whitehead. Wild hook misses for Whitehead.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Whitehead

 

Round 3 — Randleman lands nicely but Whitehead counters with a nice right. Big left hook catches Whitehead napping and drops him. Randleman goes for the finish but Whitehead survives. Whitehead clinches. The separate. Jabs land for Randleman. Whitehead gets an easy takedown. Whitehead going for a Kimura but lets it go. Randleman escapes and they clinch against the cage. They separate. Big right hook lands flush for Whitehead. Randleman lands a left and that'll do it.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Randleman

 

Matt Bishop scores the fight 29-28 Mike Whitehead

 

Official scoring: 29-28x3 for Mike Whitehead

 

Welterweight bout:

Phil Baroni vs. Joe Riggs

Round 1 — Baroni looks down during the staredown. They don't touch gloves. High kick by Riggs is blocked. Nice body shot by Baroni but he gets taken down. Riggs takes his back and goes for the rear-naked choke. Baroni rolls into mount and then escapes to guard. Baroni is struggling. Big right by Riggs. Baroni gets back to his feet. Riggs takes him back down with a single. Baroni walks up the cage and Riggs takes him down but Baroni reverses and is in full guard. Works some ground and pound but not enough, as the fight is stood up. Riggs bull-rushes him and goes for another takedown. Baroni defending it and spins around and ends the round on top.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Riggs

 

Round 2 — Riggs land a good leg kick. Baroni lands a nice combo and Riggs scoots away. Riggs misses a spinning backfist. Superman punch hits Baroni on the top of the head and Riggs takes him down in one fell swoop. They stand and Baroni gets a takedown. Back on the feet and Riggs lands a nice knee. Riggs stuffs a takedown and lands a nice right. Superman punch hurts Baroni. Riggs can't finish a takedown. Baroni looks for a takedown of his own to no avail. Baroni tries again and gets it. Riggs goes for a triangle but throws a punch that seems to push Baroni out of it. Baroni lands some decent shots from the top and the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Riggs

 

Round 3 — Riggs lands a nice leg kick that Baroni walks off. Baroni is hurt and Riggs closes in but Baroni is OK. Nice straight left by Riggs. Another leg kick. Right connects for Riggs. Baroni goes to the body. Baroni is tentative. Nice right hook by Riggs. Knee and two-punch combo land for Riggs, best offense of the fight for either so far. Riggs tags Baroni with a right hook. Baroni tries a high kick that Riggs taunts him off of. Straight left lands for Riggs. Baroni walks away from a kick. Baroni lands a right and Riggs taunts him again. Baroni lands a nice right but Riggs closes the fight with a takedown.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Riggs

 

Matt Bishop scores the fight 30-27 Joe Riggs

 

Official scores: 30-27x3 for Joe Riggs

 

Catchweight bout (180 pounds):

Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith

Round 1 — Diaz lands some good punches early. Diaz taunting Smith. Nice combo by Diaz. Double-jab by Diaz. Diaz landing at will, but not much power. A "Diaz" chant fires up. They clinch and are sperated. Smith lands a nice right. They clinch again. Smith tries a high kic. Big left by Smith sends Diaz back. Smith on his back against the cage. Smith slams him to the ground. He lets up and they stand. Smith lands but Diaz returns. Smith misses with a wild right. A leg kick makes Diaz pause. Diaz gets a takedown as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Diaz

 

Round 2 — Diaz continuing to pitter-patter while Smith looks for a power shot. Smith has his back again but lets go. Diaz with a nice shot to the body that hurts Smith. Smith survives and lunges out with a punch. Diaz still plowing away. Diaz mixing in more body shots. Smith looking overwhelmed. He misses a high kick barely. Diaz chipping away. They clinch against the cage. They're broken up. Diaz working Smith over. High kick for Diaz. Diaz taunts Smith. Smith lands. Diaz tags Smith behind the ear. Diaz has Smith hurt to the body again. Smith lunges for a single leg as the round ends. He's hurt bad.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 Diaz

 

Round 3 — They swing away early. Smith clinches against the cage. They're broken up. High kick for Diaz. Smith misses with a wild left hook. Diaz hurts Smith with a combo. He takes Smith's back and is looking for the rear-naked choke. He's high, though. He's got the hooks in. He gets it in and it's over. Extremely impressive performance by Nick Diaz. The official time is 1:41.

Heavyweight bout:

Andrei Arlovski vs. Brett Rogers

Round 1 — Arlovski opens with a legkick. Rogers tags Arlovski with several hard punches. Arlovski crumbles against the cage and is saved by "Big" John McCarthy. Rogers goes crazy celebrating his win. The official time is 22 seconds.

Official attendance is 8,867.

Catchweight bout (182 pounds):

Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields

Round 1 — Shields goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. Lawler lands some good shots on cage. Shields lands a nice high kick. Shields locks in a guillotine. It's deep. Lawler stands up but Shields hangs on. Once back on the ground, Lawler quickly taps. The official time is 2:02.

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