Luke Rockhold defended his Strikeforce middleweight title last night (Jan. 7, 2012) against Keith Jardine at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Is he ready to contend with the top 185-pound roster from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?
"The best is the best, I think the UFC owns both organizations and I think it would do huge things for Strikfeforce. They say they want to build it and load up this year, well let's bring over a top contender and I'll show you who the true number one contender is."
-- Step aside Gilbert Melendez, there is another Strikeforce champion calling out the best of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Fresh off of defending his Strikeforce middleweight title for the first time against Keith Jardine last night (Jan., 7, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine," Luke Rockhold stated in his post-fight interview that it's high time the UFC bring over some of the top185-pound pound fighters from its roster to challenge him to see who the best really is. The American Kickboxing Academy product (AKA) finished "The Dean of Mean" in the first round using his nasty stand up skills, delivering plenty of shots to the dome of Jardine before Herb Dean put a halt to the fight. Unfortunately for Rockhold, he will have to keep holding his breath if he ever hopes that Zuffa will co-promote even if its owns both mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations. He is now one of the faces of Strikeforce and will have to make do with the competition there, seeing as how UFC President Dana White said the rest of the Strikeforce roster will stay in tact for the foreseeable future. Being undefeated (8-0) with the San Jose-based promotion and as dominant as his win was over Jardine, did Rockhold speak a little too prematurely? Did anything in his performance last night show you that he is ready for UFC's elite?