Strikeforce Results: Luke Rockhold TKO's Keith JardinePosted on January 7, 2012, 11:31 PM by Anton Gurevich
Rockhold opened the fight with his trademark kicks and punches combination, as Jardine desperately tried to close the distance from the promising AKA product. Rockhold connected with a perfectly executed spinning back kick the liver, a shin kick to the ribs, but Jardine was there to fight, and made sure the Champ has to sweat a little bit more if he wants to retain his title.
Keith Jardine responded with a strong jab, leg kicks and a few haymakers, only to postpone the punishment that was prepared for him towards the end of Round 1. Rockhold caught Jardine with a series of punches that rocked the UFC veteran down to the canvas. Luke Rockhold followed with a vicious fight-ending ground and pound, as the referee stopped the action at 4:26 of Round 1.
Jardine proved he's a tough opponent with a lot of heart, and gave Luke Rockhold the fight he deserved as a champion. Rockhold proved he's one of the Top 10 Middleweights on the planet, and definitely has place in the UFC. After all, Rockhold passed the obstacle that failed Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Gegard Mousasi. The fight with Tim Kennedy is a very intriguing match-up, but personally, I would be more than happy to see Rockhold against someone like Alan Belcher.
Looks like it's going to be a very exciting year for Luke Rockhold, who is now 9-1 in his MMA career.