Light heavyweight veteran Cyrille Diabate showed off his striking and his ground game in preliminary action against Rincon High grad Chad Griggs, submitting the Strikeforce veteran midway through the first round.
Griggs attempted to catch Diabate napping as the bout commenced, but the Frenchman was ready for him, landing with a knee and then halting a wild rush with a left that dropped the American. Griggs was able to shake the cobwebs loose, but Diabate kept on him, bloodying Griggs with a knee as the two stood against the cage. Griggs kept trying to break loose, but Diabate remained cool, and in the process locked in a rear naked choke that produced a tap 2:24 into the fight.
With the win, Diabate improves to 20-8-3; Griggs falls to 11-3.
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