The newly crowned Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (9-1) completes his first Strikeforce title defense against UFC veteran Keith Jardine (17-10-2) via TKO in only one round in Las Vegas, NV. Here is the full play by play.
Jardine rushes forward aggressive. Jardine opens with low leg kicks. Jardine barely misses with a big left eats a counter. Rockhold misses a flying knee and attempts the clinch. Jardine throws knees in the clinch. Jardine pushes out and Rockhold lands a big elbow on the way out. Rockhold lands a spinning back-kick right into the mid-section. Rockhold eats a big right by Jardine. Rockhold misses spinning back-kick. Jardine throws leg kicks baking up. Rockhold lands behind the ear which drops Jardine briefly. Jardine up and stays aggressive. Jardine gets caught coming in dangerously with a flurry by a sharp jab that stumbles him. Rockhold swarms the injured fighter and it takes the Ref. a second but it’s all over.
Official TKO comes at 4:26 of round one.
Rockhold a a Santa Cruz, CA native training out of the infamous AKA camp now carries notable victories over former champion Ronaldo Souza, Keith Jardine and TUF stand-out Jesse Taylor.