Rockhold retains Strikeforce title, beats Kennedy by decision


It's been a middleweight kind of week. Seven days ago, we watched Anderson Silva finally put Chael Sonnen in his rearview mirror. On Wednesday, blue-chip prospect Chris Weidman announced himself as a credible title threat. And on Saturday night, it was Luke Rockhold's turn to take the spotlight.

The Strikeforce middleweight champion didn't disappoint. He shut down Tim Kennedy's vaunted grappling game and out-struck the challenger en route to a decision win.

The judges scored it 49-46, 49-46, 49-46 for Rockhold.

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Title Fight Luke Rockhold Vs. Timothy Kennedy
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Middleweight Title
Name Luke Rockhold <a href=Luke Rockhold" />
Height 6′ 3″ (190.5 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 9-1-0
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Name Timothy Kennedy Timothy Kennedy
Height 5′ 11″ (180.34 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 15-3-0
Team Pitfight Team
Luke Rockhold defeated Tim Kennedy by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-46, 49-46)


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MMAfanWA site profile image  

7/15/12 3:48 AM by MMAfanWA

Funny. A bipolar guy asking if someone has a firm orientation

Kansas Comet site profile image  

7/15/12 3:43 AM by Kansas Comet

Rockhold edged Kennedy out in a tactical rather underwhelming performance.

themmaexpert site profile image  

7/15/12 2:39 AM by themmaexpert

Before the fight, i watched the Rockhold/Jacare fight, wow was Rockhold agressive, compared to Kennedy/Jacare. That had me concerned, maybe Kennedy is at a decline. Careers can end pretty quickly in MMA, hopefully Kennedy gets motivated and keeps fighting. Atleast its not a chin issue, just a lack of MOJO.

AlexanderTheGOAT site profile image  

7/15/12 12:59 AM by AlexanderTheGOAT

Take it easy man....

jtc2112 site profile image  

7/15/12 12:53 AM by jtc2112

how about just moving forward, and attacking when Luke was coming in. backing up the entire fight and rarely being first....didn't look good

Bipolar site profile image  

7/15/12 12:44 AM by Bipolar

Does Rockhold have a firm orientation? Anyone?

Bipolar site profile image  

7/15/12 12:43 AM by Bipolar

Good heavens that Rockhold is an attractive gentleman

Bipolar site profile image  

7/15/12 12:43 AM by Bipolar

I could just stare all day

Gregg Roach site profile image  

7/15/12 12:33 AM by Gregg Roach

 Exactly.  His feints were non-existent. More in and out movement would've been better too.

SecondBase site profile image  

7/15/12 12:30 AM by SecondBase

kennedy just didn't have enough offensive tools.