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‘Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine’ main card recap: Tyron Woodley grinds past Jordan Mein

It wasn’t pretty but it was effective. Tyron Woodley disarmed the dangerous striking of Jordan Mein, grinding out a split decision victory and improving his undefeated record to 10-0.

Jordan Mein was hesitant in opening up his arsenal to start the bout, flashing his jab, but failing to let his hands go as the constant threats of the takedown from Woodley kept him cautious. Mein was able to fight off the first couple of takedown attempts, but once Woodley got him to the mat, Mein was unable to get back to his feet as the opening round wound down.

The second round saw the takedown come quicker as Woodley wasted little time taking the fight to the mat. Mein was able to scramble and create space, but Woodley proved to be more athletic, quickly putting Mein on his back and grinding out another round from a dominating top position.

Woodley continued to apply pressure in the third, earning yet another takedown and maintaining top position. As boos erupted from the crowd, Woodley did just enough to keep the fight grounded. Mein retaliated with more elbows from the bottom, but his inability to get off of his back cost him yet another round.

It appeared that Woodley would win an easy decision on the scorecards, but when the scores came in, one judge scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Mein. With scores of 29-28, and 30-27 from the other two judges, Woodley earned the victory by way of split decision.

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