Luke Rockhold Likely to Face Keith Jardine in Strikeforce Jan 7

December 1, 2011
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Luke Rockhold will return to action on Jan 7 to defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against former UFC fighter Keith Jardine.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the booking to late Thursday evening.

Rockhold won the title last September in a five round war with former champion Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, and this will be his first title defense.

While there was some speculation what would happen with Strikeforce after the promotion was purchased by Zuffa earlier this year, all signs are pointing towards a future for the organization and it begins with this show in 2012.

Former UFC and ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor Keith Jardine will make his debut at 185lbs when he meets Rockhold in January.

Jardine signed with Strikeforce earlier this year when he stepped in on short notice to face former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. Despite taking the fight on 10-days notice, Jardine fought to a draw with Mousasi in a back and forth battle.

Now Jardine will get his shot at the Strikeforce middleweight title when he faces Rockhold in January.

While bout agreements have not been signed, sources have indicated that the fighters have verbally agreed to the new fight set for Jan 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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  • shakejunt

    well strikeforce may not be “dead,” but having a guy who just came off a draw fight for a title in a new weight class sure doesn’t make it sound too serious anymore.

  • Mario

    Strange little fight to be putting together dontcha think?

    Jardine getting a title shot, after his last fight? It was a draw, but everybody knows that he lost that fight with Mousasi.

    Maybe it’s because he came in on short notice for them, and this is their way of repaying him? Strikeforce does lack a Middleweight division right now though. The one that was once known as their deepest, is now lacking worthy contenders. I thought Tim Kennedy should have gotten the shot, but oh well..

    If Jardine can pace himself and the weight cut doesn’t drain him too much, I see him maybe finishing this fight via TKO.

    Luke was saying he wanted to go back to 3 round fights in the UFC after the 5 rounder with Jacare. Jardine can also expose that as a weakness, him being the veteran, in case the fight goes into the 4th or 5th rounds.

    In time 🙂