Today is January 7th, 2012 and beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET tonight, the first Strikeforce event of the new year kicks off: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. Today's main event is a middleweight title defense between champion Luke Rockhold of American Kickboxing Academy and new middleweight challenger as well UFC veteran Keith Jardine. The bout is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds. Also appearing on today's card is a light heavyweight clash between Muhammed Lawal and Lorenz Larkin, a middleweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Adlan Amagov and more.
So, how can you watch tonight's event? This fight card has a few options, although none of them are as simple as watching the UFC. But if there were a weekend to watch Showtime, this would be it.
Typically, you have pay-per-view alternatives. For DirecTV subscribers, you should be able to purchase tonight's show on channel 122 for $34.95. It is not clear which cable providers offer this program in high definition. Call your cable provider for information and options.
And now, the television options. Per the terms of the new Strikeforce deal, the undercard for tonight's fights will air live on Showtime Extreme beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The main card portion of the event airs on Showtime. That will begin as aforementioned at 10:00 p.m. ET. To figure out how to get Showtime or to order the channel for a special discounted price, go here.
Here's the good news: this weekend is a 'free preview' weekend on Showtime. Want Showtime even if you don't subscribe? No problem. Just find the channel on your dial and you'll get it through Sunday. In other words, you've got no reason to pass up tonight's action.
For our overseas viewers, some cable providers will carry this event. For those in the United Kingdom, Primetime will be carrying the fights live. That's channel 480, according to Primetime itself. In addition, If you live in Southeast Asia, check if your cable provider carries Tiger Gate. You can do that here.
If you want to watch the fight at a bar, this is where you have to do some manual labor. Unlike the UFC which offers a searchable database (http://bars.ufc.com/) of bars that carry their events, Strikeforce doesn't have any resource or database of participating bars. I have observed that the bars carrying UFC are generally the same as those advertising they are carrying Strikeforce. My suggestion? Use the UFC bar finder to locate a bar close to you, call the manager and see if they're carrying the event.
No matter how you watch, be sure to come back to MMA Nation for all of your Strikeforce results and coverage tonight.
Good luck and enjoy the fights.