StrikeForce: Rockhold vs. Jardine Full fight card
Do you have cable? Then tonight you have Showtime. Showtime is giving a free preview of their channel (channels?) this weekend, just in time to catch a Strikeforce title bout. Initially I wasn’t excited about this bout, but I’m a Luke Rockhold fan, also I’m very interested in seeing what King Mo and Lorenz Larkin bring to the table. I expect Tyron Woodley/Jordan Mein and Tyler Stinson/Tarec Saffiedine to be good bouts. Give me a glass of Sailor Jerry and Cojones Energy drink and I’m gonna sit back and enjoy the fights. Below are my predictions. As always, my picks are in green. Enjoy.
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Main card (Showtime)
- Middleweight Championship bout: Luke Rockhold (c) vs. Keith Jardine
Luke Rockhold put on a clinic against Jacare. Jardine is fighting for the first time at 185. His last bout in SF was agains Gregard Mousasi ending in a draw due to Mousasi being deducted a point in the 1st round. Many felt Jardine clearly lost the fight despite the point deduction. Jardine has very awkward stand up, making him difficult to catch. However, when opponents have figured out his timing, he can be KO’d. I don’t expect Rockhold to KO Jardine because of his win history. I think Rockhold is the younger, faster, hungrier fighter. Despite Mike Dolce being in Jardine’s camp, I think his age, the damage his body has taken and this being his first time at 185 will slow him down enough for Rockhold to pick him apart and eventually get the win by sub. Luke Rockhold by Sub.
Looking at Jardine’s Wiki page, someone feels they can see the future.
- Middleweight bout: Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov
Robbie Lawler has been a mainstay in MMA for many years. Putting in great fights with Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz and many others. Robbie has one punch KO power and respectable takedown defense. He has been on rocky patch in his career, losing to Tim Kennedy, Jacare, and Babalu, while beating Matt Lindland (by devastating KO) and Melvin Manhoef (by another vicious KO). Adlan Amagov is riding a 4 fight win streak. He has a solid record of 9-1-1 with most of those wins coming by KO/TKO. He’s younger and possibly hungrier. Because of that I’m going with Adlan Amagov by T/KO.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin
King Mo is coming off a big KO win over Roger Gracie, in a fight he was expected to lose. Lorenz Larkin is undefeated with most of his wins coming by T/KO. This could very well be the fight of the night. Or King Mo could takedown Larkin and grind out a win. It’s a real tough one to call. I’m gonna go with King Mo by decision.
- Welterweight bout: Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein
Tyron Woodley is undefeated. Jordan Mein is coming off a big TKO win over Evangelista Santos where he looked amazing. I’m gonna call it for Jordan Mein by T/KO.
- Welterweight bout: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson
Tarec Saffiedine is coming off a win over Scott Smith, while Tarec Saffiedine is coming off a win over Eduardo Pamplona. This is also a hard bout to call. Both fighters are evenly matched in my opinion. I’m gonna call it for Tarec Saffiedine by decision.
Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme)
- Welterweight bout: Nah-Shon Burrell vs. James Terry
- Light Heavyweight bout: Trevor Smith vs. Gian Villante
- Lightweight bout: Estevan Payan vs. Alonzo Martinez
- Lightweight bout: Ricky Legere vs. Chris Spang
Rumble young man Rumble