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Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy

Main Event | Strikeforce Middleweight Championship | 185 lbs

Luke Rockhold defeats Tim Kennedy via 5 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Luke Rockhold
Mmaweekly large Tim Kennedy

Rockhold
Decision
Round 5

9-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   14-3-0
Climbed to 10-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 14-4
-375 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +290 (Moderate Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Jose, California   Fighting out of   Fort Bragg, North Carolina
27 years, 8 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   32 years, 10 months, 6 days
185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs)
6'3" (191cm)   Height   5'11" (181cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
American Kickboxing Academy   Gym   Jackson Wink MMA
Strikeforce
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
  • Date: Saturday 07.14.2012 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: John McCarthy
  • Venue: Rose Garden
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock, Pat Militech
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Mauro Ranallo
  • Rockhold Total Disclosed Pay: $99,925
  • Kennedy Total Disclosed Pay: $54,940
  • Title on Line: Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Rockhold
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Rockhold vs. Kennedy Wiki Update Wiki

The main event of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy saw Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold defend his title against challenger Tim Kennedy.


Rockhold took the center of the cage in the Southpaw stance then switched and blocked a few range-finding kicks from Kennedy. Rockhold pushed Kennedy into the fence and worked knees to the legs and midsection then broke away. Rockhold dodged another kick and landed a couple of glancing straights then won a positional battle in the clinch. Rockhold dodged a straight and stunned Kennedy with a three-punch combo starting with a left then pushed Kennedy back into the fence. Kennedy turned the tables with a nice takedown off the cage and landed in half guard. Rockhold went fishing for a Kimura and pulled the arm out, nearly straightening the limb before Kennedy escaped the hold and passed to side mount briefly. Rockhold stood and turned Kennedy into the fence.


Again Rockhold walked Kennedy down to start the second and launched a heavy head kick that Kennedy blocked. Kennedy rushed forward off the kick in search of a takedown but Rockhold took his back in the ensuing scramble and got a deep hook in. Kennedy got back to his feet and Rockhold walked him down again, landing a straight while Kennedy kicked at his legs. Rockhold went to the body with a few punches and a kick. Kennedy landed a flush right hand but Rockhold walked right through it then stuffed a Kennedy takedown and briefly rolled for a crucifix before standing again. Rockhold got active with his kicks and again took a flush right hand to no effect and cage control was all Rockhold to this point in the fight.


Rockhold pushed Kennedy into the fence in the third and the action was halted so McCarthy could warn both men, Kennedy for a low blow and Rockhold for grabbing the fence. Rockhold landed a nice right hook on the restart and Kennedy attacked with kicks then the athletic middleweights jockeyed for position in the clinch. Rockhold separated then walked forward and blocked some hard kicks to counter with a nice straight left to the jaw. Kennedy had more success this round with his kicks but he was still moving backward and taking shots at the end of Rockhold's strikes. Kennedy dove in and got a takedown as the final minute approached and took the champion's back, but Rockhold shook him off and got to his feet. Rockhold broke off and landed a nice hook then continued to walk Kennedy down.


Both men showed a sense of urgency early in the forth, Kennedy landing leg kicks while Rockhold landed some nice hooks up high. Cage control was all Rockhold again as Kennedy moved back after every exchange without countering with anything heavy. Neither fighter was throwing combos behind one or two strikes at a time, but their single shots had power. Kennedy landed a right hook but was flattened but a Rockhold thrust punch and Rockhold followed up with punches on the ground. Kennedy recovered quickly and worked himself into a Guillotine position on the bottom, Rockhold fighting out of the hold and getting to his feet quickly. A torrid clinch battle and grappling exchange followed and Rockhold ended the round on top in side mount. Heading into the final round it was looking like Kennedy needed a finish to take the belt.


The workmanlike pace continued into the fifth, and while neither fighter was spectacular, the steady pace of striking and grappling was impressive considering how powerful both men were. The fifth largely resembled the earlier rounds, with Kennedy backing off and looking for openings that Rockhold refused to allow him while the champion marched forward with heavy body kicks and occasional straight punches, fighting off most of Kennedy's takedown attempts. In another competitive grappling scramble, Rockhold wound up on top but took a knee to the head in the process. Back on the feet, Kennedy landed a nice right hand but Rockhold displayed a great chin and did not react. Rockhold had a small cut under his left eye but otherwise was none the worse for wear and he continued to press his attack on the challenger. Rockhold attacked in the final 30 seconds, landing a big knee in the clinch but Kennedy fought to the bitter end.


The judges scored the bout 49-46 across the board for Rockhold, who retained his middleweight title.


Speaking with Mauro Ranallo following the win, Rockhold said, "Five round wars suck, but hard work pays off. I controlled the pace and I defended most of the takedowns and got a couple of my own. I feel good. I tried to head hunt and he has some funky strikes so it was hard to time."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:24 PM ET
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Rockhold vs. Kennedy Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

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Rockhold vs. Kennedy Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

"@ChrisWeidmanUFC: Anderson take your pick lol? @rockholdMMA http://t.co/ursPbbwC" best looking middleweights in the world!
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My day is still getting better. TriumphSpeedTriple http://t.co/0nTcmfC0
4 days
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Today I am feeling a little better about my life. This is me shooting with my sisters. http://t.co/1pPjq79D
4 days
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I accept ur challenge @spideranderson let's do it
4 days
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RT @djBIZ: Chillin' w/ #strikeforce champ @rockholdmma on @1025kdon #showtime #lukerockhold http://t.co/8sY4UYGi
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Sweet RT @toppscards: .@rockholdmma nice grill! your mouthguard embedded into card Topp Ufc Finest http://t.co/eVqnD6nF
3 days
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@ChrisWeidmanUFC thanks bro, went pretty good obviously not as good as yours! Lot of talk about us this week huh, lol wish u the best!
2 days
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“@tboyd1906: @TimKennedyMMA Where can I pick up a "Come and Take It" shirt like you wore to the Rose Garden?” here @Ranger_Up
2 days
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@ZoilaGurgel @Strikeforce thanks Zoila
21 hours
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Thanks everybody, that was a tough fight, wasn't my best but I got the job done!
21 hours
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Nice shots RT @allelbows: And the champ @rockholdMMA inspecting his bruises: http://t.co/dzji3Kwl @SHOsports @dc_mma
21 hours
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@TimKennedyMMA lol RT @akajav: @rockholdMMA made a friend last nite & now it seems that they are best buddies!! http://t.co/JYLeWYi3
21 hours
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Going for a run. I'm still mad.
11 hours
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Thanks for all the support. I fought my ass off. I'll be back better than ever. Congrats to @rockholdMMA he's a great champion.
8 hours
after
Weighed n on the unofficial scale in back perfect! Commission told they were exactly the same. Sorry I missed but I did make it 15 min later
20 hours
before
Weigh ins r at the Rose Garden Arena at 4pm open to the public
24 hours
before
8lb down 8 to go, here i go!
1 day
before
Banner's all cleared and ready to go @dominationapp @Oak_Grove_tech @AKASANJOSE a #WinningTeam http://t.co/wJkgDdVf
1 day
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This is my banner for the fight. Thanks to @austinmuaythai @FIREBELLZ @JacksonsMMA Oak Grove and the @USNationalGuard http://t.co/4zmqG0s7
1 day
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Fack U Wilcox fack U RT @akajav: @JustinWilcoxMMA not helping @rockholdMMA make weight!! Champ not happy!!lol http://t.co/7L3hw8XI
1 day
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Changed my personal facebook page to a fan page & merged with my existing fan page. At 10k likes, ill do a giveaway! https://t.co/S0f9ozam
2 days
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#BigPimpin RT @MikeKogan: @rockholdMMA rolling like a true champ in his pimpride on the way to presser http://t.co/gAyg3sxS
2 days
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No fuel tv at hotel but just caught the fights this morning damn @ChrisWeidmanUFC looking good, nice work!
2 days
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I have 25 copies the current @tapout magazine wear a patriotic shirt find me at weighins. I'll sign and give you. http://t.co/1bQ7Ueyr
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2 days
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http://t.co/LY4RySBh Radio. http://t.co/dkiY44Il
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STRIKEFORCE: Rockhold vs Kennedy Pre-Fight Media Call http://t.co/QYV5fynn
2 days
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Latest video by TheShoot! http://t.co/wKbnKtyo
3 days
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http://t.co/md1a8vvR http://t.co/uAOesXbm
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RT @SHOsports @Strikeforce @ufc another great shoot!!! @SHOOTMedia: RT @rockholdMMA SHOOT! http://t.co/JV2Lbfvs @shootmedia
3 days
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I am so excited about the Olympics. I have major USA pride. Can't wait to see us crush the competition.
3 days
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Thanks guys RT @MMAjunkieRadio: RT @russroman85: @rockholdMMA Always good hearing you on @MMAjunkieRadio w @MMAjunkieGeorge
3 days
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Too skinny! RT @TimKennedyMMA: Just saw @rockholdMMA in elevator. We are two skinny dudes rights now. We fist bumped.
3 days
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Just saw @rockholdMMA in elevator. We are two skinny dudes rights now. We fist bumped.
3 days
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@JoeDuarteMMA haha so awesome
4 days
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Thank god for #WholeFoods RT @MikeKogan: @rockholdMMA getting weekly shopping done in Portland http://t.co/LEYezio8
4 days
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Yep RT @clcorona18: @rockholdMMA @Strikeforce lmao u seriously posted a pic while takin a shit?! aahhhhhhahaha
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Serious 70s #PimpStatus http://t.co/DUqisZke
4 days
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Just got to hotel in Portland, man @Strikeforce hooked it up tv's in the bathroom and all #PimpStatus http://t.co/RjhXfKB2
4 days
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Han•gry (han-gree) adj. A state of anger caused by lack of food; huger causing a negative change in emotional state. (my current condition)
4 days
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My resting heart rate is consistantly in the mid thirties, I'd say I'm ready to go! July 14th cardio is king
5 days
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All u #ASNutHuggers explain this takedown defense to yourself! http://t.co/6pQ8ya1z I'm done with this till after my fight. peace out
5 days
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Why is it that the only thing on TV is cooking and dining shows? It's like the god of cutting weight is trying to punish me for something.
5 days
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“@franco91hou: @TimKennedyMMA legal knee...shady sportsmanship.” I agree. Just re-watched the fight. Legal knee.
7 days
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“@Andrew291082: @TimKennedyMMA And yet all of that pales in comparison to a failed drugs test” good point.
7 days
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Wipe grease on your arms, grab your opponent shorts, and knee them in the face when they are down. That's how champions should act?
7 days
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Guys it wasn't just the knee it was the grease the shorts grab, just wasn't champion like
7 days
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That was dirty
7 days
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Anderson just greased himself again
7 days
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Here we go, let's go USA
7 days
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Yeeeaaaa @CungLe185
7 days
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It was so Canadian of Patrick Cote to walkout to out to MC Hammer's Too Legit 2 Quit. Someone should tell him that song is old.
7 days
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Easton complaining that Minjavar front kicking his cup. How can u miss that thing #elephantitisCup
7 days
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Congrats @Khabib13 way to push the pace!
7 days
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I can't decide if Steven Seagal is bat shit crazy or just totally delusional. He claims to have shown Silva 2-3 things for this fight.
7 days
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These are my picks for @ufc 148 Mendes, Kim, Cote, Griffin, Sonnen by 4th round TKO.
7 days
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It's always nice to finish with ur best sparring day of ur entire camp! @Strikeforce 14th @SHOsports here I come
8 days
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If you are in the military and would like a free digital copy of @tapout magazine with me on the cover email staab@tapoutmagazine.com
8 days
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Last day of hard sprints up the hill of tears. @BubbaTheMenace @DiegoBrandaoMMA @djAtomicSwag @poin52 http://t.co/6o2dCcaF
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Last day of sparring and hard training lets go @JustinWilcoxMMA @domiNateMoore #AKA time to Finish strong! @Strikeforce July 14th
8 days
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This is stupid. http://t.co/CgHSJ0lh
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