Tonight's (Sat., July 14, 2012) Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Kennedy" event at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, on Showtime showcased a middleweight mash up pitting veteran
punching bag warm body former contender Keith Jardine against Roger Gracie.
Jardine entered the evening having won just two of his past nine fights. Gracie, meanwhile, was making his 185-pound debut. Why this was on the main card is anyone's guess but there it was, in all its glory.
By the time it was over, two things were clear: Jardine likely doesn't belong at this level of competition and Gracie is a monster on the mat but has a ways to go on his feet.
Gracie dominated the contest, absolutely schooling Jardine in the first two rounds before cruising to the judges scorecards, which read 29-27, 30-27, 30-26.
It didn't take long for Gracie to grab Jardine up and execute a takedown straight into half guard. Jardine did everything he could to defend but he was like a fish out of water with a polar bear on top of him.
Gracie eventually passed to full mount to solidify his absolute dominance in the opening frame. He looked for an arm but when that wasn't there, he landed some vicious elbows that opened Jardine up.
This was a beating.
Not surprisingly, Gracie earned another quick takedown and this time he look Jardine's back. He got one hook, then two, then a body triangle, then the arm under the neck. All setting up for the rear-naked choke finish, though Jardine was adamant in defending against it.
To his credit, he didn't quit.
Not only did he stay in there and continue battling to the bloody end, he fired off with punches in the final frame in a last ditch effort to avoid defeat.
It didn't happen and Jardine looks as though he's destined for the regional circuit.
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