Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” takes place later tonight at the The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT as part of a free preview weekend. The prelims will air on Showtime Extreme at 8pm ET/PT.
In the night’s main event, Luke Rockhold puts his Strikeforce middleweight title on the line against Keith Jardine.
Robbie Lawler meets Adlan Amagov in a middleweight bout.
King Mo takes on Lorenz Larkin in a light heavyweight match-up.
Tyron Woodley faces Jordan Mein in a welterweight bout.
Tarec Saffiedine meets Tyler Stinson in a welterweight match-up.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Luke Rockhold def. Keith Jardine via TKO (Punches) at 4:26 in Round 1
- Robbie Lawler def. Adlan Amagov via TKO (Punches) at 1:48 in Round 1
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Lorenz Larkin via TKO (Punches) at 1:32 in Round 2
- Tyron Woodley def. Jordan Mein via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Tarec Saffiedine def. Tyler Stinson via Split Decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
- Estevan Payan def. Alonzo Martinez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Nah-Shon Burrell def. James Terry via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Gian Villante def. Trevor Smith via TKO (Punches) at 1:05 in Round 1
- Ricky Legere def. Chris Spang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson: Despite sporting the edge in power and the hairstyle of Sho’Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, Stinson by no means was able to steamroll over Saffiedine, who countered Stinson’s raw power with a slew of creative kicks and punches from varying angles while being elusive. Then, in the latter half of the first round, Stinson wobbled the Belgian fighter with an elbow, and the predator became the prey. Saffiedine survived, and came out in the second round with ground and pound on his mind – a successful gambit that gave him the frame. Most of Round 3 saw Saffiedine on top dropping leather, while the last minute of the fight had the two bloody warriors on their feet and swinging for the fences until the final bell. Saffiedine took the split decision when the judges’ scorecards were tallied.
Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein: As expected, Woodley wielded a considerable wrestling advantage over the youngster Mein, which translated into him spending much of the first round in top position on the ground. He didn’t do much damage, though, and whenever they stood, Mein stalked Woodley into the cage. Round 2 saw Woodley score with an overhand right and spend even more time within the Canadian’s guard, and in the final frame the only respite Mein had from the solace of the human blanket was when the referee stood the two fighters up. Woodley cruised to an unexciting split decision.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin: Much like Woodley versus Mein before it, Lawal and Larkin’s matchup paired an ultra-strong wrestler against a dangerous striker. And as before, the action was all about the wrestler getting the striker down and imposing his well. The big difference with “KingMo”, however, is the dude can turn out an exciting performance by pounded opponents senseless – which is what he did to Larkin. Round 1 saw Lawal battering his foe from top position throughout, while Round 2 had the ex-champ unloading and actually stunning Larkin and rendering him defenseless. The referee jumped in at 1:32 of the round, givingKingMothe TKO win.
Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov: The Chechen fighter started off the bout seeking his fortunes on the ground, successfully taking the veteran Lawler down but spoiling it all with an illegal knee to the head while the American was on the ground. Lawler was given a few moments to recover, and after Amagov was deducted a point and the two restarted, Lawler launched a flying knee that sent Amagov tumbling to the canvas. The ensuing storm of punches had the referee stepping in at 1:48 of the first round.
Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine: Jardine has done his best work when his opponents engaged him in standup battles that enabled him to play his “crazy angle of attack” game. Well, Rockhold engaged him in a standup battle that enabled him to play that game, and though “The Dean of Mean” landed a few odds and ends shots, the champ just outgunned him. Tagging Jardine with everything from a spinning back-kick to a right hook to a left hand, Rockhold had him stumbling, and when the challenger was slumped against the cage eating unbidden punches, the referee had seen enough. The official time of the TKO was 4:26 of the first round.