- Saturday 12.19.2009
- U.S. Broadcast: Showtime
- Promotion: Strikeforce
- Ownership: Explosion Entertainment, LLC
- Venue: HP Pavilion
- Location: San Jose, California, United States
- Enclosure: Cage
- TV Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock, Stephen Quadros
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon, Jr.
- Interviews: Stephen Quadros | Backstage: Jenn Brown
- Ticket Revenue (live gate): $633,674
- Attendance: 14,749
- TV Ratings: 341,000 viewers
- MMA Bouts: 7
Le vs. Smith I (7), Lindland vs. Souza (5)
Melendez vs. Thomson II (6), Britt vs. Lighty (3)
Lawal vs. Whitehead (4), Crispim vs. Fonseca (1)
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In the final Strikeforce event of 2009, Strikeforce: Evolution featured the promotional debut of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who knocked out veteran heavyweight Mike Whitehead in the first round. In other action, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza—also making his promotional debut—submitted Matt Lindland in the first round, while Gilbert Melendez avenged his loss to Josh Thomson with a Unanimous Decision win for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
In a spectacular ending to the night’s main event, undefeated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le was knocked out late in the third round by Scott Smith after dominating the majority of the fight with brutal striking.
Videos & Highlights
Highlight | Strikeforce: Evolution video HL report dead link
Watch this highlight video from Strikeforce: Evolution, featuring King Mo Lawal and Scott Smith vs. Cung Le.