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Previewing Strikeforce “Rockhold vs Jardine”

Keith Jardine. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Less than a month since their last venture, Strikeforce kicks off the New Year with another event on Showtime. Saturday night’s main event features upstart Luke Rockhold making the first defense of his Strikeforce middleweight crown against seasoned UFC veteran Keith Jardine.

Other televised bouts include former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal going up against dangerous striker Lorenz Larkin and slugger Robbie Lawler battling Adlan Amagov.

Here’s a preview of the show’s main card, which takes place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and airs on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Suspensions and Payouts, Mousasi Training for Olympic Boxing & More


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]

— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]

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Strikeforce Notebook: Diaz Unimpressed With Daley, Jacare Disinterested in Mayhem


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

With only a few options left concerning Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz's future opponents, the Stockton, California native will now likely face Paul Daley later this year, provided Daley gets past Yuya Shirai at a BAMMA show on February 26.

Despite Daley's success around the world, including an impressive 2-1 stint in the UFC, Diaz wasn't "impressed" with his potential foe's skills.

"I'm not really impressed with Paul Daley as a mixed martial artist," Diaz said during last night's post-fight press conference for "Diaz vs. Cyborg". "He's got great stand-up, but I wouldn't judge him from the Scott Smith fight.

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Diaz, Jacare Retain Strikeforce Belts


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza held on to their respective Strikeforce titles on Saturday night, albeit against tougher than expected competition.

Diaz survived a tough opening stanza to eventually submit Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with an armbar while grappling wizard Souza overcame Robbie Lawler's smooth escapes before forcing a tap from a rear-naked choke in round three of their middleweight matchup.

The duo headlined "Diaz vs. Cyborg" at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, which served as Strikeforce's first big event of the new year.

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Strikeforce “Diaz vs Cyborg” Live Results

MMA on Tap will provide live results of tonight's Strikeforce "Diaz vs. Cyborg" event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA starting at 7:30 PM ET.

A pair of title bouts headline the card. Nick Diaz defends his Strikeforce welterweight title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his belt on the line against Robbie Lawler.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night.

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Rock the Vote: Strikeforce Title Bouts

Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will put their respective Strikeforce belts on the line just hours from now, but will face tough opposition in doing so. Who will walk away as champions?

Strikeforce “Diaz vs Cyborg” Preview: Main Card


Scott Coker and Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Strikeforce will air its first large event of the new year at the organization's home base of San Jose, CA, pitting reigning welterweight champion Nick Diaz against dangerous striker Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.

"Diaz vs. Santos" will also feature Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defending his middleweight title against Robbie Lawler as well as the returns of Herschel Walker and Roger Gracie.

Here is a look at the event's main card, which airs live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET. A handful of preliminary bouts will stream on Sherdog.com beginning at 8:15 PM ET.

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Diaz, Santos Official for Strikeforce


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, challenger Evangelisa "Cyborg" Santos and the other fighters scheduled for Strikeforce's latest offering hit the scales during official weigh-ins in the promotion's home base of San Jose, California this afternoon.

All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of preliminary participants Nathan Coy and Jenna Castillo, who both missed the mark on their first try.

The official weigh-in results are after the jump.

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Matt Lindland Inks Multi-Fight Deal With Strikeforce

Former UFC middleweight contender Matt “The Law” Lindland has signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. Lindland’s debut is expected for October against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

Lindland possesses a mixed martial arts record of 21-6-0. Lindland holds victories over notable names including Phil Baroni, Travis Lutter, Jeremy Horn, and Pat Miletich. Lindland was last in action at Affliction: Day of Reckoning where he was brutally knocked out by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.

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Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields Live Results

Live:
Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 2:02
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski - KO Round 1 0:22
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith - Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 3 1:41
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman - Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Untelevised: (results via Sherdog)
Jesse Finney def. Josh Baumgartner - Submission (Kimura) Round 1 1:55
Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante - TKO Round 2 4:05
Booker DeRousse def. James Wade - TKO Round 1 4:06
Tyron Woodley def. Sal Woods - Submission (Anaconda choke) Round 1 4:20
Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia - DQ (Knee to the head of downed opponent) Round 1 3:26
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran - Submission (Armbar) Round 1 2:18

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