It’s the first MMA event of 2012 and Strikeforce has the floor all to themselves tonight. Coming to us live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from Las Vegas, Nevada, it’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. As always, FiveOuncesOfPain.com will provide complete results including a round by round recap of all the live televised action.
Things kick off at 8PM EST on Showtime Extreme with the preliminary card and then the event switches over to Showtime at 10PM EST for the main card. Remember that this is a free preview weekend for Showtime, which means that you could have the chance to watch even if you don’t subscribe to the network.
The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Luke Rockhold and challenger Keith Jardine. Plus Muhammad Lawal battles Lorenz Larkin in a light heavyweight showdown and a pair of important welterweight clashes take place as well, as Tyron Woodley takes on Jordan Mein while Tarec Saffiedine squares off against Tyler Stinson.
Read below for complete results:
PRELIMINARY CARD (ShowtimeExtreme)
Estevan Payan vs. Alonzo Martinez
Round One: Both men came out striking and throwing heavy punches. Martinez landed good leg kicks and kept looking for the overhand right while Payan countered well with the left hook. Payan stuffed a takedown and landed a right as Martinez had him up on one leg. Payan landing a stiff jab. A good flurry by Payan that trapped Martinez against the cage. Payan really taking control of the striking. Martinez swinging wildly with his punches and not connecting while Payan is staying more compact and countering well. Good round for Payan. He kept it on the feet, stuffed the takedowns, and won almost every exchange. 10-9 Payan.
Round Two: Martinez mixing things up to start this round by going to the body and then up top but Payan doing a nice job countering with the left hook. Payan landed a straight right that knocked out the mouthpiece of Martinez. Payan landed a good combo and ended it with a huge kick that had Martinez going for a desperation takedown, which was stuffed. Payan very comfortable just using the jab and countering while Martinez can’t get anything going on the feet and all his takedowns are easily stuffed. Dominant round for Payan, who out-struck Martinez the entire five minutes and takes it 10-9.
Round Three: Martinez tried to get something going early in the round but quickly faded after Martinez continued to jab and counter him. Martinez really started to put his combos together, going to the body with some wicked hooks and then back to the head. Martinez once again kept trying for takedowns but Payan easily shrugged him away. Payan continued to pick him apart with the jab and big power punches. Martinez went for one last takedown, which was of course stuffed. A one-sided fight in favor of Payan, who wins this round 10-9 and the fight 30-27.
Result: Estevan Payan def. Alonzo Martinez via Unanimous Decision
Ricky Legere vs. Chris Spang
Round One: Legere got an early takedown off a kick. Legere stayed relatively busy on the ground and passed to better positions a few times, but always found himself stuck back in the guard of Spang, who finally got back to his feet with about 40 seconds left. Legere immediately clinched and put Spang against the cage. Spang dropped for a guillotine in the final seconds, but Legere was able to survive to the bell. Not an exciting round but one that favored Legere, who spent the majority of the round on top and in control. 10-9 Legere.
Round Two: Spang came out quickly with a flurry of strikes. Spang went for a flying knee but Legere used it to secure another takedown. Legere spent a lot of time on top landing short punches to the body but never go past guard and the ref stood them up with 2 minutes to go. Legere once again got a big takedown and stayed on top of Spang for the rest of the round. Another lackluster round, but another one that favored Legere and his wrestling. 10-9 for Legere.
Round Three: Spang picked apart Legere early in the round, using his reach well, going to the body with a knee and punches, and landing a power overhand right. Legere absorbed the blows though and got another takedown to slow the momentum of Spang. Legere tried to stay busy with strikes but the ref again stood them up. Spang got off a couple of strikes before Legere pushed forward and got another takedown. Spang was able to get up though, stuff a takedown, spin, takedown the back, and try for a rear naked choke. Legere was able to fight it off and reverse things into mount as the round ended. Spang took the final round 10-9 as it was mainly on the feet, where he dominated, and he did have back mount at the end, but Legere takes the fight 29-28.
Result: Ricky Legere def. Chris Spang via Unanimous Decision
Gian Villante vs. Trevor Smith
Round One: Villante stuffs an early takedown and softens up Smith with some knees in the clinch before breaking. Villante lands a big leg kick followed by a left hook after a body shot. Villante got the fight to the ground off a body kick. On the ground, Villante unloaded a series of hammerfists, which forced the referee to jump in and stop the fight. Stoppage may have been a little early, but Smith was taking a beating and seemed to be stuck eating hammerfists.
Result: Gian Villante def. Trevor Smith via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. James Terry
Round One: Burrell doing good with the left hook while Terry is scoring with the overhand right. Terry scored with a takedown but didn’t do much with if before Burrell got up. Terry got another takedown and moved into mount but Burrell powered up to his feet. Terry got another partial takedown, spun to the back, and landed a couple of punches before Burrell turned into him. Terry controlled Burrell against the cage for the rest of the round but didn’t do much damage. Good round for Terry, who takes it 10-9 based on control.
Round Two: Burrell started the round with some good strikes, including a heavy uppercut, but Terry fired back with a powerful overhand right and then a big takedown. Burrell managed to get up without taking much damage. Terry continues to find a home for his right hand. Burrell landing one strike at a time and not putting anything together. Terry scored with a takedown at the end of the round, although Burrell got up and landed a good uppercut. A close round but the two takedowns will probably swing things in Terry’s favor. 10-9 Terry.
Round Three: Burrell comes out very aggressive and scores a ton with the left hook. Burrell lands a couple of nice combinations and knees to the body but Terry just takes it and does a solid job covering up. Terry not doing much offensively though. Burrell lands a heavy right uppercut that stuns Terry but he can’t follow it up. Terry scores with a late round takedown but it’s too little too late. Burrell dominated the majority of the round on the feet and takes the round 10-9, but loses the fight 29-28.
Result: Nah-Shon Burrell def. James Terry via Split Decision
MAIN CARD (Showtime)
Tyler Stinson vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Round One: Saffiedine opened up with some good leg kicks. Stinson trying to press forward with punches but Saffiedine doing a nice job moving away. Saffiedine lands a couple of good kicks to the head, including a front kick to the face. Stinson landed an elbow on the clinch break that stumbled Saffiedine, but he recovered and got a takedown. Stinson went for an armbar but Saffiedine escaped back to his feet. The elbow has bloodied the eye of Saffiedine. Stinson poured it on at the end of the round, landing some good left hooks. A close round. Saffiedine controlled the early portion but Stinson turned the tide with the elbow. A slight 10-9 to Stinson because I felt he did more overall damage.
Round Two: Stinson presses forward to start the round and Saffiedine isn’t moving away quite as well this round. Saffiedine scored with a takedown at about the 3 minute mark. Saffiedine spent the rest of the round in the guard of Stinson, roughing him up with punches and cutting him up with elbows. Lacked the excitement of the first round, but was a good bounce back round for Saffiedine, who takes it 10-9.
Round Three: The round starts with a kick to the groin of Stinson, who shakes it off and fights on. Saffiedine immediately gets a takedown after the re-start. Saffiedine spent the majority of the round on top and pounding away with punches and elbows until the ref stood them up with a minute remaining. Both guys are bloodied up. Stinson presses forward and scores with some lefts but Saffiedine does a nice job firing back. Saffiedine controlled the majority of the round and did damage in the process, which should give him the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28.
Result: Tarec Saffiedine def. Tyler Stinson via Split Decision
Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein
Round One: Woodley opens with a couple of body kicks and then tries for a takedown but Mein stuffs it. Woodley presses him against the cage before the ref breaks them with nothing happening. Mein lands an uppercut but Woodley takes it and gets a takedown. Woodley doesn’t do much with the takedown, but he controls Mein. Mein finally gets up in the final minute and tries to let his hands go, but Woodley avoids things with good defense. Easy round for Woodley, who controlled the fight on the fight. 10-9 Woodley.
Round Two: Woodley lands a good overhand right, clinches, and gets a takedown. Woodley spent the entire round in the guard of Mein, just controlling him and landing very few strikes. Mein actually landed more strikes, using elbows from the bottom, but they weren’t enough to win the round. Another easy 10-9 round for Woodley, although it was very boring.
Round Three: Mein opened with a jumping knee, which just allowed Woodley to put him on his back. Woodley held him down the whole time until the ref finally stood them up with just about a minute remaining. Woodley almost immediately shot in, clinched, landed some short knees, and controlled the position. Another lackluster round to end a lackluster fight, but Woodley got things done. 10-9 Woodley in the last round and 30-27 in the fight.
Result: Tyron Woodley def. Jordan Mein via Split Decision
Mo Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin
Round One: Lawal scored with an early takedown, showed good posture, and roughed up Larkin with hammerfists and punches. Lawal did a nice job mixing things up and going to the body with his punches and throwing in some elbows. The ref stood them up even though Mo was working and was active. Larkin tried to press forward with strikes but Lawal moved away quickly and avoided any damage as the round ended. Good round for Lawal, who easily takes it 10-9.
Round Two: Lawal grabs a single, eats a couple of punches, but drives through and gets the takedown early. Lawal pounds away on Larkin and puts him out cold before the ref jumps in to stop it. Should have been stopped much earlier.
Result: Mo Lawal def. Lorenz Larkin via KO Round 2 (Strikes)
Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov
Round One: Lawler moves forward and misses, allowing Amagov to get a takedown. Lawler gets to his knees and is kneed in the head by Amagov, which causes the action to halt for the illegal strikes. The ref takes away a point from Amagov. Lawler jumps in with a flying knee/kick that connects on Amagov and sends him face first into the mat. Lawler pounds him out on the mat with a barrage of punches before the ref jumps in.
Result: Robbie Lawler def. Adlan Amagov via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine
Round One: Jardine comes out strong with some good leg kicks. Rockhold clinches and lands some good knees to the body before landing an elbow on the break. Rockhold lands a couple of nice spinning back kicks to the body. Rockhold lands a couple of good right hands. Jardine continues to have success with some heavy leg kicks. Rockhold drops Jardine with a right but Jardine immediately pops back up. Rockhold hurts Jardine with a counter right, follows it up with another right that puts Jardine down, and pounds Jardine out on the ground as the ref jumps in. Ref was pretty late in stopping things.
Result: Luke Rockhold def. Keith Jardine via KO Round 1 (Strikes) to retain the Strikeforce Middleweight Title
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