Strikeforce Results: Luke Rockhold Retains Strikeforce Middleweight Title

July 15, 2012
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Luke Rockhold - StrikeforceIn the main event of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy in Portland, Ore., on Saturday night, middleweight champion Luke Rockhold successfully defended the belt against challenger Tim Kennedy.

For much of the fight, Rockhold backed Kennedy up with strikes and stuffed the majority of his takedowns en route to winning a unanimous decision.

Round one saw Rockhold hurt Kennedy with a right hand and then back him into the fence, but couldn’t do much with the position.  From there, Kennedy was able to get away from the fence and scored a takedown.  Rockhold attempted a Kimura before moving to side control, but neither could find any decisive offense.

Rockhold scored with a front kick early in round two, while Kennedy looked to shoot.  Rockhold countered a Kennedy takedown attempt, and took his back briefly.  Returning to their feet, Rockhold was able to pressure the former Green Beret with an array of head and body kicks for the remainder of the round.

In round three, Rockhold backed Kennedy up with strikes to the body for much of the round. As the round wore on, Kennedy scored and managed to take Rockhold’s back, but only momentarily.

The champion devastated Kennedy in the fourth round when he landed a hard right hook that dropped him. Rockhold swarmed, but Kennedy threatened with a guillotine to get back to his feet.  At the end of the round, Kennedy tried to take Rockhold’s back, but Rockhold countered and wound up in side control.

The final round was all about Rockhold’s continued success in counter grappling.  Kennedy attempted several takedowns, but couldn’t score any of them, while Rockhold managed to get a takedown of his own.

All three judges score the fight 49-46 in favor of Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

“Everything I’ve gone through in life hasn’t been easy and it shows,” Rockhold said post-fight.  “In five-round wars, those suck, but hard work pays off.  I controlled the pace.  I think I stopped him most of the time, made him back up and I defended all takedowns for the most part.  I’ve finally gotten some takedowns of my own.”

With the win over Tim Kennedy, Rockhold now holds two successful title defenses since dethroning then Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in 2011.

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  • BlackDog2009

    Luke Rockhold is a badass. He outclassed Kennedy and now Rockhold can outwrestle opponents too. Good win!

  • SuperNate-AO

    OMG Can’t believe I am gonna complain on this site (not my style) but I have to bust this one out. Went to Strikeforce Sat (3rd row) and had a great time except…purchased a poster for 50 bucks that was signed by all the fighters. Then my mistake happened. I saw Chael Sonnen who is my son’s favorite fighter. I pulled out the poster I just purchased and asked Chael if he would sign it, he did, with a fake name, ruining my poster. Not sure how I will explain this to my son when he wakes up in the a.m. Oh well, I am sure Chael won’t worry about it either. My only point is that while some people can wipe their behinds with 50 dollar bills, not all of us can. And by the way, I am 6 ft 2 205, (you saw me),if you were just looking for a fight, be honest and tell me…no problem with that. You are the rudest person I have ever encountered and I can’t wait to see you again to tell you that. I hope Dana sees you for what you really are.
    p.s. nice spinning back fist you punk!

  • SuperNate-AO

    My only apology is to the good people that routinely visit this site. I feel bad being a dick on my favorite site…I will try to calm down, just soooo pissed!

  • SuperNate-AO

    Alright, the p.s. was rude, plain and simple. However, you still owe me an apology Chael.

    • BlackDog2009

      bad experience but not sure what it has to do with ROCKHOLD retaining his title (what this article is about). Shouldn’t you be complaining to DW via twitter, or better yet, you should have said something to Sonnen right on the spot.
      p.s. aFTER the woopass that Sonnen recently got, I would be signing things with a fake name too.

    • bigwurm

      Liar, stick to the article.. your such a D-bag for making something up.

  • SuperNate-AO

    BlackDog you are right. Only posted here because it was at the Rockhold fight. Didn’t realize what Chael had done until I got home or I would have said something to him.

    • RubeKegal

      what name did he write?

  • SuperNate-AO

    J M Gamebaed The joke went over my head; I don’t know what that means.

    • RubeKegal

      Not for nothing, but if you can get that JSA authenticated, that might be worth a lot more being it is unheard of.

    • felix

      Just Chael being Chael=(a douchebag)