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Luke Rockhold impresses with opening round win over Keith Jardine

The first major MMA event of 2012 arrived earlier tonight and with it came a potential-laden lineup featuring a number of stars, both present and future. Live from Las Vegas, it was Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine where main event action put middleweight title-holder Luke Rockhold against seasoned scrapper Keith Jardine.

Rockhold looked sharp in an impressive first-round finish of Jardine who looked solid in the beginning but got caught towards the end of the opening frame, then pounded out. The victory was Rockhold’s eighth win in a row. After the bout the talented Californian asked the UFC to bring over a few of their fighters, saying he wanted to challenge himself against the best and felt the Top 10 185ers all fought in the Octagon.

The card also included match-ups ripe with contendership implications involving welterweight Tyron Woodley and light heavyweight Mo Lawal, both of whom went on to claim victory, as well as clashes highlighted by favorites Robbie Lawler and Tarec Saffiedine who were equally successful.

Read below for a full list of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine results:

Estevan Payan def. Alonzo Martinez via Unanimous Decision
Ricky Legere def. Chris Spang via Unanimous Decision
Gian Villante def. Trevor Smith via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Nah-Shon Burrell def. James Terry via Split Decision
Tarec Saffiedine def. Tyler Stinson via Split Decision
Tyron Woodley def. Jordan Mein via Split Decision
Mo Lawal def. Lorenz Larkin via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Robbie Lawler def. Adlan Amagov via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine

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