Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” is official.
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” is scheduled to take place at the The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 7, and will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT.
In the main event, Strikeforce middleweight champion puts his title on the line against Keith Jardine.
“What a way for STRIKEFORCE to kick off the New Year!” said STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker. “We’re happy to give fans in Vegas the chance to see the STRIKEFORCE middleweight title defended by one of the hottest young champions in the sport in Luke Rockhold when he takes on, quite possibly, the toughest and most unorthodox fighter in all of MMA, Keith Jardine. Fans at Hard Rock should expect an exciting standup battle in the main event on January 7.”
“Jardine is a big name who’s fought a lot of tough guys in this sport,” Rockhold said. “I’m not going to sleep on him or this opportunity. This isn’t just another fight for me, I’ve wanted my chance to prove I’m a champion and a five-round title defense is the way to do it. We’re going to prove to fans in Las Vegas what we’ve got over here in this division. You can expect this fight to be nothing short of spectacular.”
“I’ve completely rededicated myself to this sport,” said Jardine, whose record currently stands at 16-10-2. “I’ve sacrificed a lot to be where I am and I want to make the most of it. A title shot against Rockhold is a huge opportunity that I’m not going to waste. Luke’s a tough kid and he beat a tough opponent in ‘Jacare’. but he doesn’t fight like I do and he’s never had an opponent push him like I will. This will end with me imposing my will on him in a way he’s never seen.”
Other match-ups announced for the card include Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov, “King” Mo Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin and Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10am PT and will be priced at $104, $79, $54 and $39. They can purchased at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, online at TheJointLasVegas.com and TicketMaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
The latest Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.