PORTLAND, Ore. — “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” takes place this evening at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., and is headlined with two title fights. In the night’s headliner, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, representing American Kickboxing Academy, puts his title on the line against Tim Kennedy, of Jackson’s MMA.
In the night’s co-main event, the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title is on the line as undefeated Tyron Woodley puts his undefeated record up against UFC veteran Nate Marquardt in what will be “The Great’s” first fight outside the UFC since he defended his Pancrase title in 2005 in Japan.
“Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” will broadcast this evening LIVE on Showtime starting at 10 p.m. ET / PT. Prior to the main card, fans can watch the preliminary card on Showtime Extreme starting at 8 p.m. ET / PT. From the first fight until the last, ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary throughout the event.
“Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” quick results:
MAIN CARD (Showtime – 10 p.m. ET)
- (Title) Luke Rockhold def. Tim Kennedy by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- (Title) Nate Marquardt def. Tyron Woodley by knockout (strikes) Rd 4 (1:39)
- Roger Gracie def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD Showtime Extreme – 8 p.m. ET)
- Pat Healy def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ryan Couture def. Joe Duarte by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wilcox by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jordan Mein def. Tyler Stinson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jason High def. Nate Moore by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (:26)
“Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” play-by-play:
Jordan Mein vs. Tyler Stinson
Round 1 – 170 lbs. Right hand from Mein, now a left. Inside leg kick from Mein. Counter right from Mein. Counter left. Jab from Stinson. Inside leg kick and a right left from Mein, inside leg kick. Inside leg kick Stinson. Inside leg kick Mein. Left hook Mein. Body kick from Stinson scores. He checks Mein’s leg kick. Nice jab. Stinson bleeding. Mein stalking. Inside leg kick. Nice one two counter from Mein, now a left hook. Left from Stinson. Right from Mein, now a left. Nice left from Mein. Inside leg kick from Stinson. Overhand left. Left hook from Mein before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Mein.
Round 2 – Leg kick Mein. Again. Body right, left to the head from Mein, another left from Mein. Leg kick Stinson. Right body, left head from Mein. One two three from Mein. Left from Stinson. Leg kick Mein. Big overhand left from Mein. Stinson lands, but Mein counters. One two from Mein. Nice body head combo, and another one from Mein. Stinson checks a kick. Lead right hook from Mein. Mein using great movement and footwork to avoid Stinson’s attack. Inside leg kick from Mein. Again. Body kick from Stinson. Uppercut from Mein. Stinson shoots and gets the takedown but Mein pops right up. Mein with a one two. Spinning elbow misses as Stinson ducks. Straight right from Mein. Body shot from Stinson. They trade leg kicks. Mein bleeding from his nose. Counter left from Stinson. Jab from Mein. PMN scores the round 10-9 Mein.
Round 3 – Leg kick Mein. Nice counter right from Mein. Again. Stinson trains with Marquardt at Grudge. Leg kick from Stinson. Nice left from Mein, right hook. Right body, left head from Mein. Nice jab from Stinson. Right jab from Stinson. Left hand. Nice left from Mein, then a left hook to the side of the head. One two from Stinson scores. Nice right, right left from Mein backs Stinson up. Leg kick from Mein inside. Stinson with a body kick. Front kick. Right jab from Mein. Again. Nice left from Stinson. Uppercut from Mein. Ten seconds left. They both land left hands and slug it out to the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9, 30-27 for Mein.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jordan Mein def. Tyler Stinson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Jorge Masvidal vs. Justin Wilcox
Round 1 – They rush to the center and start swinging. Big leg kick from Wilcox and a one two punch, nice right. Masvidal staying patient working the jab. Masvidal playing defense right now looking for an opening. High kick from Wilcox misses, he shoots, gets Masvidal down, but he gets right up. Wilcox stays on him with a body lock, drags Masvidal to the cage. He lets go and squares up. Leg kick from Wilcox being more aggressive. Flying knee from Wilcox misses. Knee from Masvidal misses. One two from Masvidal. Big leg kick from Masvidal. He catches Wilcox with a flying knee and he is hurt. Masvidal attacks with punches as Wilcox tries to run and survive. Masvidal is all over him. Wilcox shoots, stuffed. Again. Flying knee catches Wilcox, leg kick. Masvidal hunting. Staying patient though. Wilcox seems ok. Eats a jab. Head kick from Masvidal, now a head kick with the other leg. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 2 – Jab from Masvidal. Right from Wilcox, leg kick. Double jab, shot from Wilcox, stuffed. Masvidal avoiding most of Wilcox’s strikes. Big leg kick from Masvidal. Wilcox fakes a shot. Again. One two from Masvidal. Head kick from Wilcox scores. He shoots, stuffed. Uppercut from Masvidal. One two from Wilcox. Left hand from Wilcox. Nice jab from Masvidal. Leg kick from Masvidal. Stuffs Wilcox’s shot. Body shot from Wilcox. Masvidal still playing defense. Wilcox gets a takedown but Masvidal immediately gets to his feet. Flying knee from Masvidal. Leg kick. One two from Wilcox, eats a jab. PMN scores the round 10-9 Masvidal. Wilcox throwing a lot of strikes but landing a VERY low percentage.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Wilcox comes out swinging. Nice right from Wilcox. Leg kick from Masvidal. Left hook from Masvidal. Leg kick from Masvidal. Again. Wilcox shoots, stuffed. Jab from Wilcox. Head kick from Masvidal. Right hand from Masvidal, left straight. Left jab. Nice double fake from Wilcox and gets the takedown. Masvidal’s back to the cage. Masvidal landing little punches and is able to get back to his feet. Counters with a right. Left hand from Wilcox. Masvidal with a couple left hands that score.Wilcox goes for a single, stuffed. Counter left from Masvidal, leg kick. Masvidal with a left jab. Wilcox shoots, stuffed. One two from Masvidal. Left from Wilcox. He shoots again, stuffed again. Left from Wilcox. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal and the fight 30-27 for Masvidal. I don’t know if Masvidal was so worried about the takedown or what but he never really opened up and just played defense most of the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wilcox by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Ryan Couture vs. Joe Duarte
Round 1 – PMN scores the round 10-9 for Duarte.
Round 2 – Missed round one. Couture gets Duarte’s back before the end of the round, looking for the choke but Duarte survived. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Couture.
Round 3 – Leg kick Duarte. Leg kick from Couture. Clinch, knee from Couture. Body jab from Couture. Leg kick. Clinch against the cage. They separate and move to the center. Duarte ducks a punch and gets the takedown. Couture on his knees and Duarte jumps on a Peruvian necktie. Couture escapes but is still on bottom, he gets up, goes for a lateral drop on Duarte. Back to the feet and back to punching, knee from Couture, clinch, pushes him to the cage. Duarte backs out. Duarte goes for a trip takedown, they scramble back up. Couture goes for a single leg and scoops him to the ground. Duarte goes for an armbar. Couture stacks him, lands a right. Duarte is up. One minute to go, very close. Duarte stuffed by Couture on a takedown, clinch, knees from Couture. Couture puts Duarte down on his butt pinned against the cage. Gives a few short punches, Duarte stands up in the clinch and Couture gives him some knees to the body. Father Randy is right there with Ryan. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-29 for Couture.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryan Couture def. Joe Duarte by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Couture improves to 5-1.
Pat Healy vs. Mizuto Hirota
Round 1 – Left hook from Healy. Knee from the clinch from Healy. Hirota backs him to the cage. Body lock takedown from Hirota. Hirota on top in half guard. Ref wants action. Hirota with some punches from the top. Ref calls for action again. Hirota postures up but ref stands them up. Left hook from Healy. Clinch, Healy pushes him to the cage. Underhooks from Hirota pushes Healy to the cage. Healy turns him around but Hirota escapes to the center and catches Healy with a left hook. Healy shoots, scramble, Healy has a single but Hirota escapes to the feet, clinch against the cage. Hirota ducks an elbow. Healy with a leg kick. Body, head shot from Hirota. Healy shoots, stuffed. Nice right elbow from Healy. One two from Hirota. Elbow from healy. Hirota with a body lock against the cage, gives a right to the body. PMN scores the round 10-9 Hirota.
Round 2 – Right to the body, left to the chin from Hirota. Clinch, elbow from Healy, Hirota pushes him to the cage, left hands from Healy. Hirota gets the trip takedown. Hirota holding Healy’s legs and hips. Healy gets to his knees and now feet. Clinch up from Hirota, elbow from Healy. Hirota pushing him against the cage. Healy turns him around. Knees to the thighs from Healy. Body shots and an elbow from Healy. Hirota with an elbow. Healy shoots, stuffed. He scoops up a double leg takedown on Hirota. Healy working from inside full guard. Body and head shots from the top. Hirota gets to a knee, he’s bleeding around his right eye. Ref wants action. Hirota stands up. Healy with a short right, misses an elbow. Hirota backs out. Healy shoots, stuffed. PMN scores the round 10-9 Healy.
Round 3 – They trade punches, clinched up against the cage. Healy turns Hirota around so his back is on the cage, drops levels, stuffed. Ref separates them. They slug it out with both guys landing nice shots to the head and body. Best exchange of the fight. Leg kick from Healy. He shoots, gets the takedown just barely as Hirota uses the cage to get right up. Healy gets him back down and on his back. Healy on top, lands a couple short punches but Hirota is up and lands some nice punches. Healy shoots, gets the takedown again. Healy with body shots. Hirota using a butterfly guard. Healy grinding away with the ground and pound. Healy gets a body lock from behind on Hirota before the bell. Tough fight for both guys. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Healy and the fight 29-28 for Healy. Pat Miletich has it two rounds to one for Hirota.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Pat Healy def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Who will swing first? Feints from Lawler, front kick scores for Lawler. High kick from Larkin blocked. Leg kick from Lawler, front kick misses. He dodges a leg kick. Lawler lands a right hook that hurts Larkin. Lawler attacks and Larkin with the collar tie, knee and elbow from Larkin. Larkin was hurt on that right hook. Larkin with a trip takedown, goes for the ground and pound, lands a left, right and some ground and pound. Back to the feet, Larkin lands a flying knee. Uppercut from Larkin to the body sounds loud. Clinched against the cage. Larkin with a couple uppercuts and knees, another uppercut. Larkin holding a Thai clinch and landing some nice stuff. Knee from Lawler. Knee from Larkin. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Larkin as he came back from getting hurt early.
Round 2 – Larkin with the leg kicks to start. Lawler jumps a leg kick. Right hand from Larkin, knees, Thai plum and knees. Lawler pushes him against the cage. Larkin with the plum, pulls away from the cage. Lawler clinches up and pushes him back to the cage. He drops levels. Larkin looks for a guillotine but Lawler gets out. Uppercut from Lawler in the clinch. Lawler pushes him to the cage again. Knee from Larkin. Larkin looking great at middleweight. Nice elbow from Larkin. He turns Lawler to the cage. Lawler turns him back. Lawler leaning. Big John restarts them in the center. Lawler checks a kick and gets a hair cut from a kick. Lawler’s head is bleeding from that kick. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Larkin.
Round 3 – Lawler looks concerned. Touch gloves. Body shot from Lawler as he attacks. Body kick. Again. Left from Lawler, body kick. Lawler pins him to the cage. Lawler looking for the single. Miletich says he needs to back away and go for the KO. Lawler lifts him up in the air. Lands a left. Elbow from Larkin, left hook. Lawler stalking as Larkin backs out to the center. Head kick from Lawler blocked but still a hard impact. Larkin measuring. Counter right by Lawler. Body kick from Larkin. Push kick to the leg from Larkin. Leg kick, left hook from Larkin. Leg kick Lawler. Right hook from Larkin. Head kick Larkin blocked. Jab from Larkin. Front kick Lawler. Left hook uppercut from Larkin. One minute to go. Leg kick Larkin, jab, right hand. Lawler checks a kick. Lawler with a left hand. Right from Larkin. Right left left, elbow, two right elbows from Larkin. Lawler misses with some knees and a big right and his face is a bloody mess. Look out for Larkin at middleweight. PMN scores all three rounds 10-9 and the fight for Larkin 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Lorenz gets Mauro Ranallo to kneel with him during the interview and says he’s not asking for a title shot but is asking that the Strikeforce fighters be awarded performance bonuses.
Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine
Round 1 – Left hook from Roger. Left jab from Roger. Jardine clinches up and Roger puts him on his back, Roger on top in half guard. Jardine holding tight, trying to sweep. Short elbow from Gracie. Front headlock from Gracie as Jardine trying to use the cage, he gets up. Knee from Gracie in the clinch. Roger scoops his leg to put Jardine back to the ground. Jardine eats several right hands, another one. Full mount by Gracie. He flattens Jardine out. One minute to go. Jardine holding tight. Elbows from Gracie. Roger trying to set up something, lands a couple more elbows and Jardine is bleeding. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Gracie. Domination.
Round 2 – Jardine comes forward swinging and gets put on his back. Gracie on top in half guard, lands an elbow and opens Jardine’s cut up again. Gracie takes Jardine’s back, gets one hook in and looking for the choke as Jardine turtles up. Jardine is losing a lot of blood. Gracie with both hooks in, now a body triangle and Jardine is in trouble. Roger rolls him over. Jardine has never been submitted, but if anyone can do it, Roger can. Jardine’s face is a bloody mess. Gracie looking for the choke. One minute left in the round. Roger gets full mount, goes for the arm triangle, lets it go, still in mount. More elbows from Gracie. Complete domination. PMN scores the round 10-8 for Gracie.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Front kick Gracie. Left to the body from Jardine. Jardine with a leg kick. Gracie tries to take him down but gets pushed aside. Roger misses a knee. Roger being very defensive right now. Uppercut scores for Jardine. Left hook from Jardine, again, Roger may be hurt, he shoots, stuffed. One two from Jardine. Nice left from Jardine. Roger takes a deep breath and looks tired. Gracie with a clinch and knee. Jardine has just over a minute left. Front kick from Gracie. Again. Again. Jab from Gracie. Front kick from Gracie. He checks a leg kick from Jardine. Clinch, knee from Gracie. Jardine runs and swings and misses. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Jardine but the fight 29-28 for Gracie.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Roger Gracie def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26) Rd 3 (5:00)
Vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley
Round 1 – Will this be Tyron’s toughest test to date? This is Nate’s first fight outside UFC since 2005. Right hand, body kick from Woodley. Leg kick from Nate goes high to the groin. Brief halt. Switches stances. Leg kick from Woodley, very fast. Nate misses a leg kick. Woodley catches Nate with a right coming in and hurts Nate. He chases him down. Nate turtles, Tyron gives him some knees to the body. Nate stands up. Tyron tries to drop levels, Nate uses underhooks to stop it, they trade knees. Woodley backs out. He drops Woodley with a right and Woodley gets up. Marquardt locks on a guillotine. Woodley escapes, scores with punches, ties up against the cage. Elbow from Nate. Body shot from Woodley, knee from Woodley. Nate attacks, big right to the body, Thai plum, they trade knees. Woodley is bleeding. Big left elbow from Nate. Nice knee from Woodley to the face. Nate stalking. He’s running, gets caught with a right. He ties Nate up. Nate turns him to the cage. Nate backs him up with punches. PMN should take it 10-9.
Round 2 – Nate stalking. They trade leg kicks. Big leg kick from Nate. Woodley looks timid. Spinning backfist that lands on the shoulder. Then lands a right. Big leg kick from Nate, again. Nice straight right from Nate. Clinch, Nate backs out and now moves forward stalking again. Big leg kick from Nate. Woodley looking timid. Big leg kick from Nate. Woodleys female family member can be heard yelling the whole fight. Leg kick from Nate. Big leg kick again from Nate. Nice spinning back kick from Nate knocks Woodley back against the cage. Straight left from Woodley, straight right from Nate, two more and he puts Woodley on his back. Nate inside full guard. Woodley sits up and gets to his feet. High kick from Nate. Right from Woodley. Nate chases him down with punches. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Nate The Great.
Round 3 – Two jabs and a right, again from Woodley. He drops Nate with a right and Woodley goes for the kill trying to pound Nate out. Nate gets full closed guard. Nate grabs a leg. Woodley flattens him on his back. Nate with closed guard, holding on now. Stupid ref calls for action. He just stood them up. What a moron. The crowd boos. Nate stalking. Woodley misses with two shots. Nate swings big and Woodley ducks. Two minutes left in the round. Big leg kick from Nate. Left jab, right to the body, clinch and two rights from Nate. Light leg kick from Woodley. Woodley sticks out his chin and Nate gives him two right hands. Clinch, knee from Nate and a huge elbow. Another elbow, then a right before the bell. Close round but Woodley probably took that round 10-9.
Round 4 – Right to the body from Nate. Right to the head from Nate. Leg kick. Counter right from Nate, front kick, leg kick. Nate stalking. Leg kick. Big right from Nate on the jaw, again he catches him with a right. Nate ties him up. Woodley looked hurt. Two big elbows and a big uppercut and Tyron Woodley is out cold my friends…. holy mother of God, Nate Marquardt is back and back in style folks! Nate Marquardt is the new Strikeforce welterweight champion! (Woodley’s female family member is no longer screaming). Replay shows three elbows and two big uppercuts put Woodley down. Wow! KO and Fight of the Night. Nate does a round off backflip in celebration.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Nate Marquardt def. Tyron Woodley by knockout (strikes) Rd 4 (1:39)
To echo Larkin’s desire for Strikeforce bonuses; if anyone deserves a KO bonus it’s Marquardt.
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy
Round 1 – Let’s get it on. Luke stalking. So much taller. High kick from Luke. Right hand from Luke scores. Clinch against the cage. Tim’s back to the cage. They trade knees. Underhooks from Luke and a big knee on the exit. Tim closes the distance but Luke turns him to the cage. Nice knee from Luke. Body shots from Luke. Underhooks from Luke, he backs out. Stalking. Nice right hands from Luke, Tim retreats. Tim picks him up for a big slam. Tim on top in half guard. Rockhold tying up his leg. Luke looking for a kimura. Luke gets the arm out and but Tim uses it to get to side control. Luke to his feet. Clinched. Luke turns him to the cage. Luke backs off with some punches and a high kick that misses. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.
Round 2 – Luke stalks. Head kick. tim goes for the takedown and Luke takes his back, one hook in. Looking for the choke. Luke softens him up with punches. Tim with a back elbow. Tim gets to his feet. They touch gloves and square up. Front kick right hand from Luke. Left right from Luke. Big right upstairs, left to the body. Tim tries to shoot, stuffed. Left liver kick from Luke. Front kick and a right hand from Tim. He shoots for a single. Rockhold looks for an arm, scramble, back to the feet. Tim leaning on him against the cage, they move to the center and square up. Exchange punches, question mark kick from Luke. Leg kick and a right from Luke. Right from Tim. Head kick scores for Luke. He’s stalking. Knee from Luke. Left right from Luke. Body kick from Luke. Nice right from Luke. Body kick from Luke. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Rockhold.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Tim. He ducks a right, ties Luke up and pushes him to the cage. Knee from Tim. Again and it goes low. Luke warned if he grabs the fence again he’ll take a point. Side kick from Tim. Right hook from Luke. Two leg kicks from Tim. Luke stalking. Leg kick and two side kicks from Tim. Luke ties him up. Knees from Tim. Elbow from Luke on the break. Head kick from Tim. Big left from Luke rocks Tim’s head back. Hardest shot of the fight. Big leg kick from Tim. Leg kick from Tim, he ties Luke up against the cage, drags hm to the ground and Tim gets his back. Luke trying to get up and Tim gets his back. Luke is back to his feet with less than a minute to go. Tim goes for a single. Luke gets out and up, lands a right. They both swing and miss. Spinning back kick from Luke at the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Kennedy.
Round 4 – Leg kick from Tim, uppercuts score as he breaks the clinch. Leg kick from Tim. Leg kick from Tim. Tim shoots, stuffed. Big leg kick from Tim. Side kick from Tim. Luke lands a nice body shot. Luke misses a one two, lands a body kick that knocks Tim against the cage. Leg kick from Tim. Body punch from Luke. Left, then a right hook from Luke drops Kennedy. Luke gets top control. Tim gets free and locks up a guillotine but Luke escapes to his feet. Body kick from Luke. They tie up with under a minute left in the round. From the clinch Tim takes his back but ends up on the bottom with Luke in side mount. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Luke Rockhold.
Round 5 – Touch gloves. Side kick to the leg and a right hand from Tim. Left from Luke. One two head kick from Luke. Tim shoots, sprawl by Luke, clinch against the cage, they trade knees. Luke backs out. Nice left from Rockhold. Nice leg kick from Tim. Tim drops levels, they scramble. Luke gets a takedown. Knee to the rib from Luke. Back to the feet. Luke stalking. Body shot. Tim shoots, pushes Luke to the cage. Luke with underhooks, he backs out. Clinch against the cage, exchange knees and elbows. Tim shoots, stuffed. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Luke, 49-46 for the fight. I must say, the co-main event was TONS more exciting.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Luke Rockhold def. Tim Kennedy by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) Rd 3 (5:00)
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