Champion Rockhold Misses Weight for Strikeforce Title Matchup
middleweight champion Luke
initially failed to make weight at 185.5 pounds for
his showdown with Tim Kennedy
(184.5) in the
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy”
headliner on Saturday at the
Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Rockhold successfully hit 185 pounds on his second try.
The six other fighters slated for main card duty -- including the
Woodley (169.5) and Nate
Marquardt (169.5), the two men who will vie for the promotion’s
vacant welterweight crown -- met their contracted weight
requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.Sherdog Fantasy MMA:
Strikeforce ‘Rockhold vs. Kennedy’
Rockhold captured the Strikeforce middleweight strap with a
unanimous decision over Ronaldo
in September and has defended it once since. The
American Kickboxing Academy
export sports eight first-round
finishes on his resume, six of them by submission, two more by
knockout or technical knockout. Rockhold has compiled a perfect 8-0
mark in Strikeforce.
Mixed Martial Arts representative, Kennedy will carry a
two-fight winning streak into the cage. The 32-year-old has
delivered 12 of his 14 professional victories by knockout,
technical knockout or submission, including wins over Dutch striker
International Fight League champion Ryan
UFC veterans Trevor
Prangley and Nick
Thompson. A fierce, determined and durable competitor, Kennedy
has not been finished in more than a decade.
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” -- which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT
on Showtime -- will also feature a pair of middleweight bouts, as
10-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Roger
Gracie (186) locks horns with UFC veteran Keith
Jardine (185.5) and the unbeaten Lorenz
Larkin (186.5) toes the line against former EliteXC
Lawler (186). Two hours prior, Showtime Extreme will carry the
five remaining preliminary bouts: Pat Healy (156)
Hirota (156), Jorge
Masvidal (155.5) vs. Justin
Wilcox (156), Jason High
(171) vs. Nate Moore
Couture (155.5) vs. Joe Duarte
(155.5) and Jordan Mein
(170) vs. Tyler
Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” Weigh-In Results:
(*185) vs. Tim Kennedy
(169.5) vs. Nate
(186) vs. Keith
(186) vs. Lorenz
(156) vs. Mizuto
(155.5) vs. Justin
(171) vs. Nate Moore
(155.5) vs. Joe Duarte
(170) vs. Tyler
* Rockhold and Larkin successfully made weight on their second
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