Rockhold-Jardine Title Scrap on Tap for Jan. 7 Strikeforce
Rockhold will defend his Strikeforce middleweight strap against
Keith Jardine. | Photo: Dave Mandel
will likely meet Luke
for the Strikeforce
middleweight title on Jan. 7, as “The Dean of Mean” makes his
185-pound debut to kick off 2012.
Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a source close to the bout
on Friday after first reporting Jardine's participation in the
event on Thursday night. MMAFighting.com initially reported the
expected Rockhold-Jardine title pairing.
While not officially announced by the promotion, the event is
expected to go down at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Sherdog
confirmed Sunday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission that
Zuffa has requested permission to use the facility on the
aforementioned date. The event is expected to air on premium cable
Jardine, 36, has posted two wins, a loss and a draw since receiving
his release from the
UFC last year. During his time with the promotion, the Jackson’s
MMA export posted a record of 6-7, beginning his Octagon career
6-3 before dropping four straight fights. After suffering a split
decision loss to Trevor
Prangley, Jardine would earn consecutive victories before
stepping up on short notice to replace an injured Mike Kyle in
April, fighting Dream
Mousasi to a majority draw.
Nine years younger than his challenger, Rockhold returned from an
extended injury layoff in September, outpointing reigning
Strikeforce champion Ronaldo
Souza to capture the promotion's middleweight strap. The
American Kickboxing Academy standout has not lost since
stumbling in his second career outing, stringing together seven
consecutive wins in the Strikeforce cage. The 27-year-old holds six
of his eight career victories by submission and owns notable wins
Taylor and Corey Devela.
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