Strikeforce: Rockhold Vs. Kennedy Ends With Bay Area Victory

Several Bay Area-based fighters were in action during Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy as two of the San Jose-based promotion's titles were on the line. Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy faced off in the main event.. For more on the event, be sure to head on over to Bloody Elbow or MMA Fighting.

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Strikeforce Results: Luke Rockhold Defeats Tim Kennedy Via Unanimous DecisionTo Retain Middleweight Title

Saturday night's Strikeforce event in Portland was capped off by Bay Area fighter Luke Rockhold continuing his impressive and dominating streak by retaining his middleweight title in a fight against Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy had his best chance in the first inning, as he scored a big slam and takedown with less than two minutes left. Throughout the fight, Kennedy was unable to match Rockhold's grappling game and was unable to sink in anything definitive when he had the advantage. Rockhold scored a big knockdown in the fourth round and while the standup was evenly matched and largely unimpressive, Rockhold was visibly pressing the attack throughout the fight. The bout went to the judges, who ruled unanimously in favor of the champ, 49-46, 49-46, 49-46.

In the first match on the main card, Lorenz Larkin defeated San Diego fighter Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. Larkin dominated and this was a big win for him.

Roger Gracie also picked up a win by unanimous decision against Keith Jardine, who is close to being washed up at this point. Gracie totally dominated the first two rounds before getting rocked by a desperate Jardine in the final round. To Gracie's credit, he weathered the storm and looked hard to put away.

In the possible fight of the night, Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley swung for the fences against one another for four round in a fight for the welterweight championship before Marquardt was able to knock Woodley out cold against the cage. Marquardt looked like the confident and experienced veteran here, patiently stalking Woodley until being able to land his shot.

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Strikeforce: Rockhold Vs. Kennedy Prelim Card Results

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy is underway in Portland, and the preliminary fights are in the books. All four fights went the distance, with no real surprises in results.

The highlight of the four fights was Mizuto Hirota vs. Pat Healy. Hirota surprised Healy with an early takedown and seemed to outstrike Healy on his feet, but Healy went for repeated takedowns and stayed busy on his feet. In the end, that proved to be enough to grind out a win in front of his hometown fans.

Here are the results from the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy prelim card:

Welterweight Bout: Jordan Mein defeats Tyler Stinson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight Bout: Jorge Masvidal defeats Justin Wilcox via split decision (29-28, 30-27 Masvidal, 29-28 Wilcox)
Lightweight Bout: Ryan Couture defeats Joe Duarte via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Couture, 29-28 Duarte)
Lightweight Bout: Pat Healy defeats Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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Strikeforce: Rockhold Vs. Kennedy Fight Card

Bay Area MMA had a great showing at UFC On Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman, if only because San Jose native Chris Cariaso was victorious in his Flyweight debut over Josh Ferguson. Now, the Bay will be represented again in the form of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Saturday, July 14. Strikeforce is still a San Jose-based promotion and we'll continue to cover the company even under the Zuffa umbrella.

That being said, there are still plenty of ties to the Bay Area and California in general. Luke Rockhold, who is in the main event defending the middleweight title against Tim Kennedy, was born in Santa Cruz, CA and fights out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. His opponent was born in California as well, in San Luis Obispo.

Both Nate Moore and Justin Wilcox are fighting out of San Jose as well, with both fighters also training with AKA. Jason High fights out of Lakewood, CA and Robbie Lawler was born in San Diego. So the regional ties are there. With Rockhold leading the way, it should be an exciting card for the Bay.

The full fight card is below:

Main Card

Luke Rockhold (9-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (14-3) [MW Title]
Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) vs. Tyron Woodley (10-0) [WW Title]
Roger Gracie (4-1) vs. Keith Jardine (17-10-2)
Lorenz Larkin (12-0, 1 NC) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-8, 1 NC)

Preliminary Card

Jorge Masvidal (22-7) vs. Justin Wilcox (11-4, 1 NC)
Pat Healy (27-16) vs. Mizuto Hirota (14-4-1)
Jordan Mein (23-8) vs. Tyler Stinson (23-8)
Jason High (15-3) vs. Nate Moore (8-2)
Ryan Couture (4-1) vs. Joe Duarte (10-2)

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