Tyron Woodley remained undefeated with split decision win over Jordan Mein at Strikeforce in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Woodley took the wrestling filled match with a 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 score.
In the first round, Mein opened up showing the jab early, with Woodley responding with kicks and a takedown attempt. Mein had good takedown defense, avoiding Woodley's takedown. They were split apart by the referee, and Woodley was able to get the takedown on the second attempt. He held Mein down, landing elbows and knees to the body.
Woodley started strong in the second round with a jab that wobbled Mein and a takedown. From there, Woodley used his wrestling to control Mein for the rest of the round.
The third round started the same as the second, with Woodley ducking under for a takedown. He held down Mein, who had little answer for Woodley's wrestling. The crowd grew restless, and Woodley and Mein were stood up by the referee. Mein tried to land a knee, but Woodley went in for another takedown.
After the fight, Woodley said that he had a hard time dealing with Mein's length, then asked for the shot at the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt.
Woodley moves to 10-o after this win, while the 22-year-old Mein is 23-8.