The Daily Recap: Rockhold-Jardine Free on Showtime, Diaz, Condit Get UFC Primetime Special & More

Luke Rockhold. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

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.

— Strikeforce's first event of the new year, which features middleweight champion Luke Rockhold putting his belt on the line against longtime UFC veteran Keith Jardine, will be part of Showtime's annual free preview weekend, which begins Friday, January 6 and runs through Sunday, January 8. Additional bouts set for the televised portion of the card include Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal returning against Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler facing Adlan Amagov. [Showtime]

— Another edition of UFC Primetime has been set to profile next month's interim UFC welterweight title bout between former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz and one-time WEC belt holder Carlos Condit. It will be the first time that the three-episode mini-series has aired on FX. The first episode will air on January 20 and subsequent ones will premiere on January 27 and February 3. []

— A bantamweight contest between Mike Easton and Ken Stone has been signed for the UFC's first-ever event on FX, which will emanate from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on January 20. Easton was successful in his UFC debut in October, stopping Byron Bloodworth with knees and punches in the second round. Stone, who trains out of American Top Team, picked up his first UFC win this past September, scoring a quick submission of Donny Walker. []

— Shawn Jordan and Oli Thompson will face each other in their respective UFC debuts on March 3 at UFC on FX 2, slated for the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Jordan is coming off of an active 2011, earning wins under both the Bellator and Strikeforce banners. Thompson is a veteran of the England circuit and is currently riding a five-fight win streak. His only professional defeats have come at the hands of UFC veterans Rob Broughton and Joe Vedepo. [MMA Junkie]

— Despite becoming a highly-regarded contender in the UFC's lightweight division, German striker Dennis Siver has opted to drop down to featherweight. The 32-year-old has a four-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Donald Cerrone, who submitted Siver with a first-round rear-naked choke at UFC 137 in October. Prior to that, Siver had won seven of his last eight UFC bouts, a run that included wins over Spencer Fisher, George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman. [MMA Fighting]

— A striker vs. grappler match pitting submission expert Rolles Gracie against former K-1 and PRIDE star Bob Sapp has been targeted for One Fighting Championship’s second-ever event on February 11 at the Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Gracie has bounced back from a disappointing one-off in the UFC to win two straight fights while Sapp has only managed a pair of victories since 2008. Igor Gracie, Ole Laursen and Yuya Shirai are other notable veterans expected to be on the card. [Sherdog]


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