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Report: Keith Jardine to Challenge for Strikeforce Middleweight Title, Because Who Even Cares at This Point

(Unlicensed plastic surgery: It rarely works out the way you want it to.)

As we mentioned yesterday, Strikeforce is clinging on to life despite the fact that their biggest stars have either been poached or are on hiatus from fighting, and their championship belts now have less legitimacy than that chick’s doo-doo back tattoo. So how sketchy have things gotten over there? This sketchy:

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is slated to defend his belt against former UFC veteran Keith Jardine on Jan. 7, MMA Fighting has confirmed with sources close to the fight. The title fight is expected to headline the organization’s first event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino…Rockhold was expected to meet Tim Kennedy in his first title defense, but according to sources, Kennedy couldn’t commit to the fight due to an undisclosed injury.

Keep in mind that Jardine is 0-0 as a middleweight, and 0-0-1 under the Strikeforce banner, with his only SF appearance resulting in an ugly (and sort of undeserved) draw against Gegard Mousasi. And yet he’s the best available contender to Luke Rockhold’s belt? Considering who Strikeforce still has left on their middleweight roster, he very well might be — but it’s still the kind of matchup that makes a strong argument for non-title fights.

I hate to see the once-proud Strikeforce promotion limping along like this. It’s time to take Lenny out to the woods, so to speak.

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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- December 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Good lord, what the fuck happened to Jardine's face? Which fight was that after?.....He looks like somebody just opened the Arc
Todd M- December 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm
Great title for the article, man it is getting ridiculous over there at Strikeforce. I understand that they are still crowning champions to make it seem like Strikeforce is still a legitamate organization but yeesh the writing is on the wall, the fans know it and the fighters know it so keeping Strikeforce around seems to be stagnating MMA at this point as well as several fighters careers.
Buster Hyman- December 2, 2011 at 9:47 am
@pen fifteen
did you notice jardine didnt use one leg kick in that fight?
joe rogan would be pissed
amsterdamheavy- December 2, 2011 at 9:07 am
Strikeforce titles are a farce.
rearnakedchickenchoke- December 2, 2011 at 8:48 am
I agree it should be the Strikeforce Challengers belt. I really don't see SF going forward as a standalone organization, but either as a women's MMA org or challenger's format. Titleholder gets promoted to the UFC?
edhedicus- December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am
He forgot the nipple tweak, or he would have totally won that fight! Best fight he has had in years...
Pen Fifteen- December 2, 2011 at 8:31 am
I'm surprised Jardine has recovered from the asswhooping he received from Stone Cold Steve Austin. I mean, a rebar spike through the chest is a pretty serious injury.
Fried Taco- December 2, 2011 at 8:31 am
They should just rename it Strikeforce Challengers belt.