Strikeforce: Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine Results

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 7, 2012

Strikeforce: Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine Results

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    From the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine is now underway. Quick results will be available below, while detailed main card recaps and analysis will be available on the following pages of the slideshow.

    Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine

    Luke Rockhold defeated Keith Jardine by technical knockout (punches) at 4:26 of the first round.

    Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov

    Robbie Lawler defeats Adlan Amagov by technical knockout (flying knee and punches) at 1:48 of the first round.

    Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin 

    Muhammed Lawal defeated Lorenz Larkin by technical knockout (punches) at 1:32 of the first round.

    Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein

    Woodley defeated Mein by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

    Tyler Stinson vs. Tarec Saffiedine 

    Saffiedine defeated Stinson by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).

    NahShon Burrell vs. James Terry

    Burrell defeated Terry by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

    Gian Villante vs. Trevor Smith

    Villante defeated Smith by technical knockout (punches) at 1:05 of the first round.

    Ricky Legere vs. Chris Spang 

    Legere defeated Spang by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Estevan Payan vs. Alonzo Martinez 

    Payan defeated Martinez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine

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    Luke Rockhold defeated Keith Jardine by technical knockout (punches) at 4:26 of the first round.

    With a first-round knockout of former UFC contender Jardine, Rockhold validated his championship and legitimized Strikeforce's middleweight division.

    Some said, coming off of a draw against Gegard Mousasi, Jardine was undeserving of a title fight. Unfortunately for Jardine, those critics may have been in the right, as he couldn't match Rockhold's speed at 185 pounds.

    Rockhold and Jardine traded shots through most of the first round, but the younger and more athletic Rockhold was able to overwhelm "The Dean of Mean" in the final minute of the opening round. After being dropped twice, Jardine ceased to defend himself.

    In his post-fight interview with Showtime's Mauro Renallo, Rockhold requested a fight with a UFC middleweight contender. With such an impressive performance against Jardine, Rockhold is more than willing of having that request fulfilled.



Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov

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    Robbie Lawler defeats Adlan Amagov by technical knockout (flying knee and punches) at 1:48 of the first round.

    Lawler put an end to his two-fight losing streak by hitting Amagov with his patented flying knee. Prior to Saturday night, Lawler had lost three of his past four fights and was in desperate need of a big win.

    Ironically, Lawler's flying knee came moments after he recovered from an illegal knee. As Lawler was on his knees against the fence, he was hit with a knee to the head by Amagov.

    The illegal strike led to a point deduction for Amagov, but it didn't matter much in the end, as Lawler had no interest in taking the bout to the scorecards. The loss was Amagov's first since his MMA debut in November 2007.


Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin

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    Muhammed Lawal defeated Lorenz Larkin by technical knockout (punches) at 1:32 of the first round.

    With a brutal finish, Lawal spoiled Larkin's previously unblemished record and took a big step toward reclaiming his Strikeforce title.

    Lawal quickly grounded Larkin with a single leg in the first round. From there, Lawal pounded Larkin with punches from the half guard. A late stand-up gave Larkin a chance to open up, but he was too focused on defending the takedown to let his hands go.

    The second round began just as the first did, as Lawal secured a single leg takedown. "King Mo" dropped some heavy right hands that rocked Larkin. After several unanswered blows, referee Kim Winslow was forced to rescue Larkin from more damage.

    In the short time that the second round lasted, Lawal landed 17 power strikes on the ground, according to Compustrike. Lawal took Larkin out of his element and didn't give the up-and-comer a chance to escape.

    For Larkin, it may be time to drop to the middleweight division, as he was thrown around in his first chance against an elite light heavyweight.

Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein

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    Tyron Woodley defeated Jordan Mein by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

    If Strikeforce ever decides to fill the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt, Woodley certainly took another big step toward competing in that title fight by grinding out a decision win over Mein.

    Mein started off strong, stuffing a takedown and cutting off Woodley against the cage. After Mein landed a solid uppercut, though, Woodley was able to come right back with a takedown at the midway point of the first round. While Woodley didn't inflict much damage, he was able to control Mein and outlanded the Canadian 15 to 5 in the opening frame, according to Compustrike.

    In the second round, Woodley was able to dictate where the fight took place with an early takedown. However, once again, Woodley did little with the top position and ate plenty of elbows from Mein.

    Mein attempted an ill-advised flying knee in the opening minute of the first round, which allowed Woodley to take the fight right back to the ground. For a third round, Woodley was able to smother Mein and remain undefeated in his 10th professional bout.

    According to Compustrike, Woodley outlanded Mein 77 to 60 in total strikes landed.

    Though his six-fight winning streak came to an end against Woodley, Mein remains one of the truly bright prospects in the welterweight division. With improved takedown defense, Mein could still become a force.

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson

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    Tarec Saffiedine defeated Tyler Stinson by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).

    A battle of two up-and-coming, 25-year-old welterweights made for a good way to open up the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine main card. After an early scare, Saffiedine was able to battle back and earn a decision victory.

    In the early going, Saffiedine did an excellent job of mixing up his strikes and scored frequently with inside leg kicks. However, an short elbow from the clinch turned things around in a hurry, as Saffiedine was rocked by Stinson in the latter half of the opening frame.

    Following the elbow, Stinson threatened with an armbar and Saffiedine was forced into survival mode.

    After Saffiedine was able to reach the close of the first round, Stinson came out looking to finish in the second stanza. Saffiedine was able to withstand an early barrage and scored a takedown halfway through the round.

    Unable to escape or mount any type of offense off of his back, Stinson gave back a round to Saffiedine, who used methodical ground and pound to maintain the top position through the remaineder of the second round.

    After a break for a low blow, Saffiedine scored another takedown early on in the final frame. Again, Saffiedine was able to waste away most of the round with ground and pound from within the full guard of Stinson.

    A late stand-up gave Stinson the chance to make something happen, but Saffiedine avoided being hit with any significant strikes until the fight came to an end.

    According to Compustrike, Saffiedine outlanded Stinson 106 to 43 in total strikes landed. In the end, Saffiedine's ground and pound in the later roudn was enough to give him his fifth victory in six fights, with his only loss during that time coming against Tyron Woodley. 

    With the Strikeforce welterweight title still vacant, Saffiedine is likely near the top of the list of fighters who may get a shot a becoming the new 170-pound champ.