Strikeforce on Thursday made official its rumored Jan. 7 fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Newly crowned Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold headlines the card, facing UFC veteran Keith Jardine in the first defense of his belt.
“Jardine is a big name who’s fought a lot of tough guys in this sport,” Rockhold said. “I’m not going to sleep on him or this opportunity. This isn’t just another fight for me, I’ve wanted my chance to prove I’m a champion and a five-round title defense is the way to do it.”
“I’ve completely rededicated myself to this sport,” said Jardine, whose record currently stands at 16-10-2. “I’ve sacrificed a lot to be where I am and I want to make the most of it. A title shot against Rockhold is a huge opportunity that I’m not going to waste. Luke’s a tough kid and he beat a tough opponent in ‘Jacare,’ but he doesn’t fight like I do and he’s never had an opponent push him like I will. This will end with me imposing my will on him in a way he’s never seen.”
The Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine fight card also features several other promotional staples. Robbie Lawler returns to the cage for the first time in about six months to square off with Adlan Amagov, former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal faces Lorenz Larkin, and Tarec Saffiedine pairs up with Tyler Stinson.
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine will air live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. PT at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office or online at www.thejointlasvegas.com and at www.TicketMaster.com.
UFC Fight Clubmembers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. PT until 12:00 p.m. PT via www.ufcfightclub.com.