American Kickboxing Academy product Luke Rockhold completed a long journey with an inspiring performance against Jacare Souza at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov. Rockhold showed heart of a true warrior, which eventually proved itself as a key for victory against one of the best 185'ers on the planet in Jacare Souza.

Souza had a strong opening with explosive takedowns and vicious ground and pound, but Luke Rockhold managed to withstand the Brazilian's onslaught, looking for a way to control the action. Rockhold eventually found the control on his feet; Jacare was unable to outstrike Luke Rockhold, who looked more confident with every round. And with Rockhold successful on his feet, and Jacare unable to use his BJJ skills - it was a short way for the new Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.

Judges scored this bout 50-45, 48-47, 48-47, awarding Luke Rockhold a well-deserved victory. Rockhold improves his MMA record to 8-1, and gets himself in the mix for a Top 10 spot in Middleweight rankings. At the age of 26, the future is bright for Luke Rockhold