Source: MMA Weekly
For all his talk and whining about not getting enough credit and opportunity in Strikeforce, Tim Kennedy did little to show he deserved it Saturday night from Portland, Oregon. Kennedy did nothing in his title fight with Luke Rockhold and lost a unanimous decision. The thing that frustrated me most about Kennedy’s performance was that he thought he had squeaked out a victory up until the decision was read in favor of Rockhold.
I really hate watching Greg Jackson‘s guys fight. They all drink this kool-aid in which they think because they followed Jackson’s plan to a T that they deserve to win. This is a wake up call to Kennedy, his striking skills are under par and his wrestling game is only decent at best. Kennedy was supposedly bored with his down time waiting for the Rockhold fight, maybe he should have been working on his striking instead of making Katy Perry music videos.
Part of how bad Kennedy looked was due to how much better Rockhold was than him. But still, Kennedy’s performance was horrible. Rockhold was also to blame. For a guy that wanted to make a statement Saturday night, he didn’t do that. Rockhold showed he has good striking and wrestling defense but also lacked a jab. Rockhold stalked Kennedy the entire fight, but rarely touched him except with power punches and kicks. He desperately needs to work in a jab game.
The only redeeming quality for the fight card Saturday was Nate Marquardt‘s performance against Tyron Woodley. Marquardt was rocked and knocked down several times during the fight but was able to endure and finish Woodley with short elbows and devastating uppercuts in the fourth round. Marquardt showed he didn’t need TRT and that he is back. He went on to claim the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title with the win. The funny part, Marquardt wasn’t even that excited to win the title. He knows how it feels to win on the big stage, winning on Strikeforce just isn’t as great. Here are the full fight card results:
Main Card (on Showtime):
Luke Rockhold def. Tim Kennedy by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Nate Marquardt def. Tyron Woodley by KO at 1:39, Round 4
Roger Gracie def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (on Showtime Extreme):
Pat Healy def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan Couture def. Joe Duarte by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wilcox by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jordan Mein def. Tyler Stinson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason High def. Nate Moore by submission (guillotine choke) at :26, Round 1