He's never competed at 185-pounds, yet still landed a middleweight title fight opposite Luke Rockhold at the aptly-titled Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event this Saturday night (Jan. 7, 2012) on Showtime.
The champ tells Fighting Famous TV "The Dean of Mean" is a "tough guy" but "hasn't earned his shot."
"It's an awkward situation. You can't really say he's earned it, but at the same time I'm not overlooking Jardine, he's a tough guy who's been in there with everybody from the top guys. He beat Chuck, hung in there with Rampage for three rounds, he's hanging in there with the best guys. I wanna fight the best guys in the world. I wanna fight top five opponents. I don't always want these random fights like Keith Jardine, I want people who have earned their spot."
Hear more from Rockhold, including his future in Strikeforce, after the jump.
More on Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" here.