Strikeforce get 2012’s MMA action underway tomorrow night with their Rockhold Vs Jardine event and we’ve got our quick picks for you below.
Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine
Hard to look past the talented Rockhold here. Jardine is the very definition of a grizzled veteran at this stage in his career. He cuts easy, has a delicate jaw and at the 36 years of age he’s simply past his best. Factor in that this will be his first ever cut down to 185lbs and it just doesn’t look good for him, though he will put on a gutsy display as long as he’s still in the fight.
Meanwhile, Rockhold’s striking is really coming together and looked excellent last time out, and he’s already a very good grappler and a high-level athlete so he’s well equipped here and I think he’ll get the job done within three rounds.
Luke Rockhold to win by TKO in Rd3.
Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov
Interesting fight this one. Amagov isn’t well known yet, but he has legit skills, particularly with his flashy kickboxing and that could pose problems for Lawler who’s had some issues with leg kicks in the past. This is a big step up for the 9-1-1 Russian though.
There’s certainly room for an upset here, but when he’s not up against a ground fighter Lawler has a knack of coming out on top thanks largely to the combination of hell-raising power in his right hand and a strong chin, not too dissimilar to Dan Henderson, and for that reason I find it hard to bet against him here.
Robbie Lawler to win by KO in Rd2.
Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin
Larkin has built an impressive 12-0 record in MMA competition thus far, but this is first outing on the big show and a tough one at that against former champion ‘King Mo’. He’s proven himself to be a dangerous stand-up fighter with heavy hands and so he’ll be looking to keep this fight standing though he’s not without skills in other departments.
King Mo has shown a willingness to stand and trade with a number of his opponents, and he’s certainly shown plenty of stopping power to justify that, but in this instance he’d be wise to adopt a similar strategy to the one he implemented against Gegard Mousasi where he emphasized his wrestling prowess. That should pay dividends here, but while a ground and pound finish could certainly be possible, I’m leaning towards this one going the distance.
Muhammed ‘King Mo’ lawal to win by decision.
Jordan Mein vs. Tyron Woodley
Many see Woodley as a potential welterweight title holder in waiting, and he’ll have a chance to reaffirm that against Mein.
Mein is an impressive up and coming talent who shone in his Strikeforce debut last year with some quality striking against Evangelista Santos. That should encourage Woodley to take this fight to the mat sooner rather than later and his wrestling skills and athleticism should allow him to do that and control the action. It might not be the most fun fight to watch, but I see Woodley getting the nod on the scorecards and remain in the title picture.
Tyron Woodley to win by decision.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson
I’d give Saffiedine the edge on the feet with his versatile and technical striking arsenal, but Stinson is a good striker too so it’ll be competitive.
On the ground Saffiedine is vulnerable against strong wrestlers, but Stinson shouldn’t give him too much trouble. He’ll need to be careful of Stinson’s submissions though, but conversely his opponent’s submission offense isn’t matched by his defence and Saffiediene is capable of capitalizing on that.
Tarec Saffiedine to win by submission in Rd3.