Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy”
averaged 420,000 viewers for
its Saturday night broadcast on premium cable network Showtime.
Sherdog.com confirmed the figure with an industry source on
Wednesday. The July 14 event was headlined by the titular
middleweight title confrontation between reigning champion Luke
Rockhold and challenger Tim Kennedy
and took place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Rockhold
outpointed Kennedy in their five-round main event, consistently
using his range and defensive wrestling to keep his stockier foe at
The evening's four-fight main card also saw Nate
Marquardt capture the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title in
the co-headliner, as the
UFC veteran knocked out Tyron
Woodley in the fourth round with a sharp flurry of elbows and
punches against the cage.
Prior to the championship affairs, both Roger
Gracie and Lorenz
Larkin made successful middleweight forays. Gracie walked away
with a victory over former UFC light heavyweight talent Keith
Jardine, putting “The Dean of Mean” on his back in the first
and second rounds en route to a three-round unanimous decision win.
Meanwhile, Larkin used a varied striking attack to outpoint onetime
Lawler in their three-round contest.
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