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Luke Rockhold: “This thing is here to stay. I’m not letting it go.”

Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold successfully defended his title for the first time this past weekend against UFC veteran Keith Jardine. Now, Rockhold has plans to climb his way up the MMA ladder in his division.

Rockhold scored with several quick and effective strikes before dropping “The Dean of Mean” for good early in the fight during the main event of the Showtime-televised Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine card from Las Vegas.

“This thing is here to stay. I’m not letting it go,” said Rockhold of his title in an interview with Strikeforce’s Heidi Androl following the event.

As for his next competitor, Rockhold reiterated what he said inside the cage following the win, saying, “The best is the best. The UFC owns both organizations, and they say they want to do huge things for Strikeforce. So, load up this year, bring over a top contender (from the UFC).”

Check out the entire interview in the video below:

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