COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Local fighters shined while Strikeforce's Jorge Gurgel and Roger Bowling pulled big victories at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.
Hometown favorite Jorge Gurgel made quick work of Billy Vaughan, grabbing a quick standing guillotine. Vaughan survived until Gurgel brought the bout to the ground and applied a body triangle. Vaughan tapped in just 44 seconds. Gurgel made it 2-0 for his family on Saturday night, as his wife, Zoila Frausto won her bout at Bellator in California. As he made his way through the crowd at Nationwide Arena, he shouted to friends with a huge smile on his face, "Zoila won!"
Roger Bowling won a unanimous decision in the final undercard bout with a 30-27 score on all three judges card. He dominated Josh Thornburg in the first round, landing head kicks, hooks and takedowns. Somehow, Thornburg survived for a grappling-filled second round that ended with a referee's stand-up, and the two trading hard shots. Bowling survived a guillotine in the last seconds of the fight as the loud and biased crowd counted down, and then cheered when the final bell rung for Bowling, a native of Cincinnati.
John Kuhner kicked the undercard off with his first win and a memorable finish, ground and pounding J.P. Felty brutally before locking on a triangle choke, squeezing until Felty was out. Mitch Whitesel broke a five-fight losing streak by guillotining Marc Cofer in the first round. Brian Rogers put on a striking show, TKOing Ian Rammel in the first round and setting himself as an up-and-comer to watch. Jason Freeman survived an early knockdown to come back and forced Jason Riley to tap out due to strikes.