Strikeforce Play-by-Play: Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy

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Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy

Round 1: Kennedy moves in with a right hand that’s blocked. ¬†Rockhold moving forward. ¬†Kennedy delivers an outside leg kick. ¬†They exchange and clinch. ¬†Rockhold presses Kennedy against the fence. ¬†Rockhold separates. ¬†Kennedy switches stances and rushes in with a right hand. ¬†They’re tied up along the cage. ¬†Rockhold lands two knees to the body. ¬†Kennedy lands a short elbow while Rockhold lands short right hands to his body. ¬†Rockhold separates. ¬†Rockhold lands a right hand. ¬†They’re swinging wildly. ¬†Rockhold ties him up. ¬†Kennedy drops down and elevates Rockhold and slams him to the canvas. ¬†Kennedy works inside Rockhold’s half guard. ¬†Rockhold works to isolate an arm. ¬†He does. ¬†He works for a straight arm lock but Kennedy gets free and advances to side control. ¬†Rockhold rolls and stands. ¬†Kennedy presses him against the cage. ¬†They separate. ¬†The round ends. ¬†Close round. ¬†MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Rockhold.

Round 2: Rockhold stalking Kennedy. ¬†He uncorks a high kick and Kennedy partially blocks it. ¬†Rockhold gets the takedown and takes Kennedy’s back. ¬†He softens him up with hammer fists. ¬†Kennedy controls one of his arms and turns into him and stands. ¬†They’re back standing. ¬†Kennedy lands a leg kick. ¬†Rockhold walks him down and lands a right ¬†hand. ¬†He lands a kick to the body. ¬†Kennedy lands a right hook. ¬†Rockhold presses forward with a combination. ¬†Kennedy goes for a takedown and they’re tied up against the cage. ¬†They separate. ¬†Kennedy misses with a right hand. ¬†Rockhold lands a left and Kennedy counters with a right hand. ¬†Rockhold is stalking Kennedy. ¬†Rockhold lands a combination. ¬†They box along the fence. ¬†The round ends. ¬†MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.

Round 3: Rockhold inches forward. ¬†Kennedy drops down under a right hand and works for a takedown. ¬†Rockhold knees him in the thigh. ¬†Kennedy lands a knee to the body and referee “Big” John McCarthy. ¬†Looks like Kennedy landed a knee to the groin is why they were separated. ¬†Rockhold goes on the offenses and presses forward with strikes. ¬†Kennedy ties him but Rockhold pushes him away. ¬†Rockhold lands a straight left that snaps Kennedy’s head back. ¬†Rockhold is the one moving forward and initiating the action. ¬†Kennedy gets him to the ground and takes his back. ¬†Rockhold shakes him off and stands. ¬†Kennedy has him against the cage working for a single leg takedown. ¬†Rockhold changes angles and circles free. ¬†Rockhold attempts a spinning back kick to the body at the bell. ¬†MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.

Round 4: Rockhold moves forward. ¬†Kennedy lands an outside leg kick. ¬†Rockhold lands a combination. ¬†Rockhold continues to move forward and Kennedy circling away. ¬†Kennedy goes for a takedown but doesn’t get it. ¬†Rockhold delivers a hard shot to the body. ¬†He lands a body kick. ¬†The champion goes to the body with a right hand. ¬†Rockhold lands a right hook that drops Kennedy. ¬†Rockhold dives on him. Kennedy works for a guillotine choke. ¬†Rockhold escapes and they’re back on their feet. ¬†Kennedy ties him up. ¬†They work for position along the cage. Rockhold tried to drag him to the canvas but Kennedy takes his back. ¬†Rockhold turns into him and gains top position. ¬†MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.

Round 5: They touch gloves to start the final round.  Rockhold moving forward, stalking Kennedy.  Kennedy works leg kicks and circles on the outside.  Kennedy shoots in for a takedown but Rockhold sprawls.  Kennedy presses him against the cage.  Rockhold circles out.  Rockhold lands a straight left.  Kennedy attempts a single leg takedown.  Rockhold has none of it.  Rockhold gets a single leg takedown.  Rockhold landds knees to the body.  Kennedy stands and they separate.  Kennedy goes for another takedown.  Rockhold puts him on the fence and delivers a knee to the body before separating.  Kennedy closes the distance and they clinch.  Kennedy goes for another takedown at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.

The judges score the fight for Rockhold by unanimous decision.  All three judges scored the fight 49-46 for Rockhold.  Rockhold retains his title.

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