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Strikeforce Results: Luke Rockhold Crushes Keith Jardine, Calls Out UFC Fighters

Luke Rockhold defeats Keith Jardine by TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:26 of round 1 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 07: Luke Rockhold (white shorts) stands over Keith Jardine during the Strikeforce event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on January 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 07: Luke Rockhold (white shorts) stands over Keith Jardine during the Strikeforce event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on January 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)

Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold made no secret that he didn't think UFC veteran Keith Jardine deserved an immediate title shot in his first middleweight fight. He went out and proved his point in the cage with a brutal first round stoppage.

Official result: Luke Rockhold defeats Keith Jardine by TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:26 of round 1.

Jardine (17-10-2) looked drawn and withered at the weigh-ins on Friday. He's 36 years old and probably needs to either retire or move back up to light heavyweight. At 205lbs, there are several intriguing fights for him in Strikeforce. A bout against Lorenz Larkin, who lost to Muhammed Lawal last night would be one intriguing possibility.


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For Rockhold, he's probably looking at a bout with ex-champ Tim Kennedy. If he can clear that formidable hurdle, he'll probably face Robbie Lawler. After that he'll need to start recycling opponents in Strikeforce's thin middleweight division.

Rockhold said he was in MMA to fight the best after the fight and that the best were all in the UFC. He called on UFC fighters to come to Strikeforce to face him, but seriously, who would take that offer?