Strikeforce Results: Roger Gracie Earns Unanimous Decision Over Keith Jardine

July 14, 2012
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Roger Gracie - StrikeforceBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Roger Gracie bloodied and outgrappled UFC veteran Keith Jardine to a unanimous decision victory at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Saturday night in Portland, Ore.

Gracie tripped Jardine to the canvas early in round one and ended up in half guard.  Jardine managed to get an underhook in and scrambled to his feet only to be taken down again along the fence.  From there, the Brazilian managed to trap Jardine’s arm and land heavy shots.  At the end of the round, Gracie passed the half guard into full mount and landed slicing elbows that cut Jardine on the side of the face.

In round two, Gracie put Jardine on his back again, but this time the submission ace took Jardine’s back.  Blood was pouring from Jardine as Gracie tried to sink in the rear naked choke, but Jardine was too slippery.  In the dying seconds, Gracie went for an arm triangle, but Jardine managed to escape.

Round three was much better for Jardine.  He stuffed much of Gracie’s takedowns and started finding his rhythm with his hands.  At one point in the round, Jardine landed a nice uppercut, but didn’t follow up at all.  The round closed with Jardine swinging wide. Gracie saw it coming from a mile away and easily got out of the way.

The three judges cage side scored the bout (29-27, 30-27, 30-26) in favor of Roger Gracie.

Following the win over Jardine, Gracie was successful in his Strikeforce middleweight debut with an overall record of 3-1 in the organization.

“I was able to do my game plan, but it was at one point it got too slippery,” Gracie said post-fight.  “His blood soaked me all over. I couldn’t stay stable on top of him right after that. I think it was the striking that kept me stable on top of him. The third round I got quite tired, but I was able to use my long reach to keep him away.”

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  • BlackDog2009

    Roger just needs to be more agressive. He’s got such great ground game but needs to become a better boxer, his reach and height will make him a true MMA killer! Jardine’s done I think.

    • RubeKegal

      Honestly I don’t know what the f*ck is wrong with the Gracie’s sometimes….If I was them, I’d have Roger training with Duke Roufus, Rob Kaman or Nova Uniao. He’s not going to get submitted, so make him nasty on the feet so he is utterly terrifying.

      I laughed before the fight when they show him training jiu-jitsu….it’s as comical as showing James Toney working on his boxing before his fight with Couture.

  • Mario

    Jardine needs to quit this gig already.

    He’s clearly done. I’m tired of seeing that man lose fights.

    Congrats, Roger!

  • KingSlaughter

    not impressed…2nd degree black belt in bjj and he couldn’t choke out jardine