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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rockhold Vs. Jardine Post-Fight Reactions

Last night we saw two dynamic strikers go head to head in what was a thrilling affair.  Rockhold came out victorious stopping Keith Jardine in the first round. This was Rockhold's first title defense, which he passed with flying colors. 

Rockhold dictated the pace the entire fight keeping Jardine at bay with kicks and punches.  Rockhold finally landed a viscious punch sending the UFC alumni to the canvas.

For Keith, he may want to consider retiring because he really hasn't look impressive in a long time.  He just doesn't have the tools to keep up with faster and more technical fighters like Rockhold. For Keith, hanging up the gloves seems like the only viable option at this point. 

He had his moments in the UFC and undoubtedly put on some exciting fights.  He will always be remembered as that mean, tough, unorthodox fighter that always looked to finish.

For Rockhold,  bigger and better things await him at 185.  In his post-fight reactions, he said he wanted to fight the best guys in the UFC middleweight division.  Give him what he wants.  He has proven his competence inside the cage, and possess the skills to hang with anyone in the middleweight division.

One key match up the UFC should book is a fight with slugger Chris Leben.  This fight would be a great litmus test to see if he can hang with the elite strikers in the middleweight division. The fight is guaranteed fireworks and will truly determine whether Rockhold is ready for the big leagues.

Rockhold trains with one of the best camps in the world in American Kickboxing Academy.  He trains with the likes of Cain Velazquez, Josh Koscheck, Daniel Cormier, Jon Fitch, and Mike Swick.  He constantly hangs with these champions on a day to day basis, which should let alone prove that he is ready for the UFC.

Whatever is next for Rockhold, he most certainly has a bright future in mixed martial arts as long as he keeps himself motivated.
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