Strikeforce Round-by-Round Review: Joe Duarte vs. Ryan Couture

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We have the son of UFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture up next, as Ryan Couture (4-1) and Joe Duarte (10-2) meet in a lightweight contest. Randy will be in the corner of Ryan as usual. The referee will be Shawn Gregory.

Round 1: A touch of gloves and Duarte takes control of the cage. Couture tries to land a kick but eats a straight right from Duarte. Front-kick caught by Duarte and he lands a right to the face. Couture pushes Duarte against the cage, as Duarte locks in a choke after Couture tries for a takedown. Duarte lets go and Couture attempts the takedown again to no success. Straight left by Couture, as he continues to throw kicks to keep Duarte guessing. Duarte doing a great job of catching Couture's kicks and countering well. Running knee and a right connect by Duarte. After catching a kick, Duarte gets a takedown, but Couture looks for a submission for a brief second.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Duarte

Round 2: Duarte going after Couture, but it's Couture who gets the quick takedown and looking for another after Duarte jumps to his feet. Couture unable to get the second takedown as Duarte fights it off. Big kick lands by Duarte, who is very precise with his striking. Inside leg kick and a right by Couture, who follows with a front kick. Couture gets in close and lands a combo, as Duarte continues to push forward. Duarte this time with a takedown, and lets Couture up. Couture shoots in but is stuffed right away, switching to some knees. Duarte with a flying knee attempt that Couture moves away from. Ninety-seconds to go in the round, and it's really up for grabs right now. Another quick takedown attempt by Couture that eventually gets Duarte to the ground. Couture landing some strikes to the face and gets a hook in, attempting a rear-naked choke on Duarte right now. He rolls and has a crank on the neck with less than 20 seconds to go. Couture to the mount, landing big elbows to Duarte and take this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Couture

Round 3: Likely an even fight, as Duarte goes for a Superman punch. Couture with a knee that seems to hurt Duarte. Head-kick by Duarte is blocked by Couture, who circles and looks for his opportunity to pounce. Couture pushes Duarte up against the cage, but can't get the takedown. Big miss by Couture and Duarte takes advantage, getting a takedown and working for a choke. Duarte unable to get it, as Couture slips out. Couture gets out and moves to land some blows to the body of Duarte. Scramble results in Duarte just pushing Couture over and not getting the takedown. Couture gets the takedown, stacking Duarte up against the cage and avoids submission attempts. Less than a minute to go. Duarte catches a kick but Couture goes to knees and dirty boxing inside the clinch like his father. Couture takes him to his back with less than 30 seconds to go. Elbows to the face by Couture, as Duarte gets up and eats knees and a shoulder.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Couture

Ryan Couture def. Joe Duarte via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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