Strikeforce Play-by-Play: Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine

July 11, 2012
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Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine

Round 1: They touch gloves.  Jardine moves in with a couple of jabs.  Gracie using his reach and works to establish his jab.  Jardine moves forward with a flurry and Gracie secures a takedown.  He goes to work inside Jardine’s half guard.  Jardine active on the bottom.  He scoots himself to the fence.  Jardine uses the cage to stand.  Gracie lands a knee to the body from the clinch position.  He pulls Jardine to the canvas.  Gracie ties up an arm and lands three right hands to Jardine’s head.  Gracie advances to the mount position.  Jardine tries to control his posture.  Gracie turns Jardine away from the cage.  he lands elbows and punches.  Jardine is cut.  The bell sounds.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gracie.

Round 2: Gracie uses a push kick to keep Jardine on the outside.  Jardine moves forward with a series of pawing left hands. He misses with a winging right and Gracie takes him to the canvas.  Gracie takes his back.  Gracie works for the rear naked choke.  He sinks in both hooks.  Jardine tries to turn into him.  Gracie applies a body triangle.  He rolls over and has Jardine’s back.  Jardine’s face is a bloody mess.  Jardine is defending well.  A minute remains in the round.  Gracie releases the body triangle and goes for an arm triangle.  Jardine gets free but is still mounted.  Gracie lands an elbow.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gracie.

Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round.  Jardine pumps his jab.  Gracie misses with a knee.  Jardine lands a hook to the body.  Gracie tries to tie him up but Jardine circles away.  Jardine misses with a right hand.  When Jardine tries to close the distance, Gracie feints a knee.  Gracie lands a jab.  Jardine moves in and lands a left hook.  Gracie is hurt.  He cliches.  Jardine breaks free.  Gracie has slowed.  He clinches but Jardine pushes him away.  90 seconds remain in the fight.  Gracie lands a stiff jab.  Jardine moves in with a combination but Gracie ties him up.  Jardine misses with a big right hand at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Jardine.

The judges scores Gracie the winner by unanimous decision.  The scorecards read: 29-27, 30-27, 30-26.

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