Rockhold consistently out-struck Jardine through their fight. Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Getty Images via Forza LLC.
Keith Jardine is either loved by fans for his wacky fighting style and his everyman appeal, or hated by viewers for his clear lack of technical prowess. The latter were absolutely elated by how this fight played out.
Jardine, who was cut from the UFC after losing four straight fights, joined Strikeforce in 2011 where he debuted with a controversial majority draw against Gegard Mousasi (the ruling was correct, though, as Jardine clearly won one round, and Mousasi clearly won two, but had a point deducted for an illegal upkick) and then dropped to middleweight. His middleweight debut came against Strikeforce's middleweight champ, Luke Rockhold.
Luke Rockhold built his reputation in Strikeforce as a guy who finishes fights, whether by knockout or submission. Jardine offered little resistance to this streak, as Rockhold both showed off his own budding stand-up skills, and (once again) exposed the weaknesses in Jardine's “unconventional” striking.
Jardine, as he often does, dropped his hands at all the wrong times, which Rockhold capitalized on. Jardine then, as he often does, went into a phase of only throwing haymakers and flopping into a weak clinch when he whiffs each one. Again, Rockhold capitalized, as late in the first round Jardine threw a few punches wide of their mark and Rockhold responded with a right hook that staggered Jardine.
He caught him again, putting Jardine against the cage and began an onslaught of punches that, eventually, prompted ref Herb Dean to call it a fight. Rockhold had his hand raised and turned in the best striking performance of his young, but likely to be exceptional, MMA career.