Strikeforce Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy | 14 juli
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said Thursday that Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will defend his title against former Army special forces operator Tim Kennedy in Portland, Oregon on July 14th of this year. Coker made the announcement on a media conference call to promote the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
The event will be held at the Rose Garden venue. Other main card fights include a pair of middleweight bouts between Robbie Lawler and Lorenz Larkin and Roger Gracie taking on Keith Jardine. MMA Fighting reported the signing of the Gracie vs. Jardine bout earlier this week.
Rockhold, 27, last competed on January 7th, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, where he defeated UFC veteran Keith Jardine by first-round TKO stoppage. However, he injured his hand during the bout and has been sidelined since then.
Kennedy, 32, last fought on July 30th, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson where he defeated UFC veteran Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision.
The main card for this event will air on Showtime while the preliminary card will be broadcast on Showtime Extreme.
This marks the second time the promotion has held an event in the city of Portland. Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey was also held at the Rose Garden on May 21st, 2010. Former UFC middleweight contender Matt Lindland defeated Kevin Casey in the third round via TKO in the night's main event.
Two lightweight bouts were added to Strikeforce's upcoming card on July 14.
Ryan Couture, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture, will meet Joe Duarte, while former title contender Jorge Masvidal will face Justin Wilcox.
The card, headlined by Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy for the middleweight title and Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Marquardt for the welterweight title, airs live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme from the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.
Below is a look at the entire card.
Main Card -- Showtime
Luke Rockhold (C) vs. Tim Kennedy -- Strikeforce middleweight title fight
Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley -- vacant Strikeforce welterweight title fight
Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine
Lorenz Larkin vs. Robbie Lawler
Preliminary Card -- Showtime Extreme
Jorge Masvidal vs. Justin Wilcox
Jordan Mein vs. Tyler Stinson
Ryan Couture vs. Joe Duarte
Pat Healy vs. Mizuto Hirota
Event: Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Kennedy" Date: Sat., July 14, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime Location: Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon
185 lbs.: Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy
Main Card (Showtime):
170 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley (for vacant Strikeforce Welterweight title)
185 lbs.: Lorenz Larkin vs. Robbie Lawler
185 lbs.: Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine
Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme):
155 lbs.: Jorge Masvidal vs. Justin Wilcox
155 lbs.: Pat Healy vs. Mizuto Hirota
155 lbs.: Ryan Couture vs. Joe Duarte
170 lbs.: Jordan Mein vs. Tyler Stinson
170 lbs.: Jason High vs. Nate Moore
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy Weigh-In Results
Not every fighter initially made weight Friday at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon for Saturday's Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. In fact, the only one who didn't is middleweight champion and co-headliner Luke Rockhold.
In championship bouts, fighters are not afforded a customary one pound allowance and must make the precise weight limit of their division. The AKA middleweight product was unable to get below 185.5lbs and was given two hours to lose one-half pound. His opponent in Tim Kennedy weighed in at 184.5 pounds. According to Showtime Sports, Rockhold eventually reached 185 pounds approximately 20 minutes after initially weighing-in.
Tomorrow's preliminary card begins at 8 p.m. ET and will air on Showtime Extreme. The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. All weights for each fighter in each bout are below:
Luke Rockhold (185lbs*) vs. Tim Kennedy (184.5lbs)
Nate Marquardt (169.5lbs) vs. Tyron Woodley (169.5lbs)
Roger Gracie (186lbs) vs. Keith Jardine (185.5lbs)
Lorenz Larkin (186.5lbs) vs. Robbie Lawler (186lbs)
Pat Healy (156lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (156lbs)
Ryan Couture (155.5lbs) vs. Joe Duarte (155.5lbs)
Jorge Masvidal (155.5lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (156lb)
Jordan Mein (170lbs) vs. Tyler Stinson (170.5lbs)
Jason High (171lbs) vs. Nate Moore (171lbs)
*Did not reach strict middleweight limit on first attempt