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The Scorecard – “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine”

The Scorecard hits the highs and lows of the latest big event offering in MMA. Points are assigned completely at random but stay between ten and negative ten because I hate math.

It was a free preview weekend on Showtime, and if you only watched one show on the network to make your decision on whether or not to subscribe, I hope it was Shameless or House of Lies. But if it happened to be Strikeforce, well, then, I’m sorry. You could have been watching Emmy Rossum or Kristen Bell, instead you chose Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock. At least you got to see some violence and blood.

Lets go to the scorecard:

*Strikeforce and Showtime are finally airing preliminary fights, so I have to give them credit, even though the NFL playoffs are on, my Colorado Avalanche are playing, and there’s a new episode of iCarly. PLUS FOUR

*I still hate the opening Strikeforce video that features a bunch of fighters no longer in the promotion. MINUS TWO

*Once again, Frank Shamrock’s braces. MINUS TWO

*“Dan Henderson made the 205 title, the belt to hold,” says Shamrock. Yup, he cared so much about that belt that he fought Fedor Emelianenko instead of defending it and then bolted for the UFC. MINUS TWO

*You can never go wrong with the ”Ruff Ryders Anthem” as your walk out. Good on you Alonzo Martinez. PLUS TWO

*Martinez is taking the “human chess” thing a bit too literal with his hair design. MINUS ONE

*Estevan Payan chooses wisely as well, going with “Monster” by Kanye West. He’s clearly looking for a job at DONDA. PLUS ONE

*That said, points docked for having headphones around your neck during your walk out. MINUS ONE

*I laughed at the corner of Payan calling Martinez, “a punching bag” during the third round. It was obviously true, but that has to be a tough thing for Martinez and his corner to hear in the middle of the fight. PLUS THREE

*Dominate performance by Payan. It would have been nice if he turned it up seeing as Martinez couldn’t do anything, but he got the victory and looked good in doing so. PLUS FOUR

*Why hello there Miesha Tate. PLUS THREE

*”We Made It” by Linkin Park and Busta Rhymes is a pretty underrated song and one I haven’t heard as a walk out, so good on you Ricky Legere. PLUS ONE

*If your nickname is “The Kiss” as it is for Chris Spang, your walk out song should be “Kiss on my List” by Hall and Oates, not that overplayed LMFAO crap. MINUS TWO

*Anytime someone owns Mauro Ranallo on commentary as Shamrock did with the whole “he was going to tap” exchange, I’m giving positive points. PLUS THREE

*Spang vs. Legere was decent. Legere did a nice job with his wrestling, even though he didn’t do much on top, and Spang looked impressive with his striking, even though he couldn’t keep it standing long enough. PLUS THREE

*I’m still convinced that Pat Miletich doesn’t know how to score fights. MINUS ONE

*Guys are on fire with the walk outs tonight as Gian Villante comes out to “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash. PLUS TWO

*Great performance by Villante against Trevor Smith. Say what you will about the stoppage, but you can’t blame Villante for that. He did what he needed to do and looked impressive in doing so. PLUS FOUR

*The stoppage was early though and not only that, but Kim Winslow allowed Smith to take a bunch of punches to the back of the head. Bad job by her. MINUS THREE

*Nah-Shon Burrell earns points for singing his walk out music, even though I don’t know what it was. PLUS TWO

*But then loses points for having headphones around his neck. MINUS TWO

*Burrell vs. James Terry was a lot like Spang vs. Legere to me. One guy had good wrestling and that was enough to beat the guy who only had good striking. They both looked impressive in their one area of expertise. PLUS THREE

*Terrible judging in Burrell vs. Terry. It was competitive, but Terry clearly won rounds one and two. MINUS THREE

*And Jimmy Lennon Jr. killing the anticipation of the split decision by announcing it beforehand was lame. MINUS TWO

*Of course Mauro has to say, “hurky jerky” when describing Jardine’s style. I was hoping that we could avoid that with no Mike Goldberg, but I should have never doubted Mauro. MINUS TWO

*Props to Tyler Stinson for coming out to OutKast. PLUS TWO

*If Stinston’s hair was a shout out to Shonuff, the “Shogun of Harlem”, then I approve. PLUS ONE

*Great first round between Stinson and Tarec Saffiedine. Back and fourth action with Saffiedine looking strong early but Stinson turning the tide with a nice elbow. PLUS FIVE

*Nice of Miesha to say how she really feels about fighting Ronda Rousey. No knock on Rousey, who is obviously talented, but Tate should be fighting Sarah Kaufman. PLUS THREE

*Good job by Saffiedine changing up his strategy after a rough first round. It might not have been pretty in rounds two and three compared to round one, but he got the job done, which is all that matters to Saffiedine. PLUS FIVE

*The only UFC star (Frank Mir) shown during the little camera run got the biggest reaction. While it’s not shocking, I thought it was funny. PLUS ONE

*”Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is pretty overused as a walk out song, but it’s still a great song. So points to Jordan Mein. PLUS ONE

*Another fighter wearing headphones during their walk out? Come on Tyron Woodley. MINUS TWO

*The less said about Woodley vs. Mein, the better. The fight was very boring. I give credit to Woodley for his wrestling, but man, try and do a little something on the ground. MINUS SIX

*And the judges made it worse by having it a split decision when it was pretty obvious that Woodley won. MINUS FOUR

*Wait, didn’t Spang already use “Sexy and I Know It” as his walk out? How could Strikeforce allow Lorenz Larkin to use it as well? Recycling walk out songs is a huge foul. MINUS FOUR

*Muhammed Lawal comes out singing his walk out song, which always earns points from me. PLUS TWO

*See guys, wrestling doesn’t have to be boring when you throwdown on the ground like King Mo does. Brutally effective performance by King Mo. PLUS SIX

*I don’t care what Winslow’s explanation was, that stoppage was late. Give a guy a chance in a title fight or a main event, not if he’s an undefeated prospect who was in over his head in the first place. MINUS FOUR

*Robbie Lawler might not have much of a personality, but I approve “No Love” by Lil Wayne and Eminem as his walk out music. PLUS TWO

*What was Adlan Amagov thinking with that illegal knee? Lawler was clearly on both knees. MINUS THREE

*”Beautiful knee to the head, but illegal.” “Right up your alley.” Great exchange between Frank and Pat. PLUS THREE

*Great finish by Lawler. If nothing else, he has some of the best killer instinct in the sport. PLUS FOUR

*Dana White looked pretty upset that he had to be interviewed by Mauro. He didn’t yell, barely smiled, and wore a sweater. Strikeforce Dana sucks. MINUS THREE

*Sorry Keith Jardine, the Rocky music doesn’t work for you. MINUS TWO

*I like Luke Rockhold’s walk out music. I don’t know the name of it, but I like it. PLUS ONE

*Shocker, Jardine got KO’d. Great performance by Rockhold, but KO’ing Jardine in 2012 isn’t anything special. PLUS THREE

*Jardine should strongly consider retirement. He’s been KO’d clean way too many times in the past few years. Now he’s cutting a bunch of weight as well. MMA just isn’t good for his health anymore. EVEN

*I have no problem with Rockhold wanting to be in the UFC, obviously I don’t blame him, but he has two good fights in Strikeforce. First against Tim Kennedy and then a rematch against Ronaldo Souza. Gilbert Melendez has no competition and has a legit claim to wanting better competition, Rockhold doesn’t. MINUS FIVE

*Shame on Strikeforce for not mentioning the failed drug test of Cristiane Santos. I didn’t expect it, but it would have been nice. MINUS THREE

*Overall, Strikefoce was a decent show, albeit a rather predictable one. No offense to the organization, but things continue to feel secondary. PLUS FOUR

Official Score: 19

For a more in-depth look at this Strikeforce event, along with a preview of this weekends UFC 143 card, remember to check out tomorrow’s Five Ounces of Podcast with Samer Kadi and myself.