Continuing a busy week of Mixed Martial Arts action, Strikeforce heads to the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon for a loaded card top to bottom. Headlining the event will be a Strikeforce Middleweight title fight between the Champion Luke Rockhold and challenger Tim Kennedy. This will be Kennedy’s second opportunity to capture Championship gold while fighting for Strikeforce. Following Jake Sheilds’s jump to the UFC, Kennedy lost a five round decision to Jacare Souza to crown the new champion. Souza went on to eventually drop the title in another closely contested 5 round affair to the now champion Luke Rockhold. This fight should be equally as entertaining as its predecessors and will most likely surpass both of those fights.
Also on the card, another title belt will be on the line as Strikeforce will finally crown a new Welterweight champion to take over control of the division that was once ruled by Nick Diaz. Long consider the top 170 pound prospect Tyron Woodley will get his chance to wear the gold when he battles former top ranked UFC Middleweight Nate Marquardt. Marquardt makes his promotional and divisional debut looking to finally grab some big league gold that could ultimately lead to his return to the Octagon in the future. This fight has a lot of potential as both men are hungry to grab the spotlight and take the lead in arguably the most competitive and stacked division Strikeforce has to offer.
Also on the card Robbie Lawler welcomes Lorenz Larkin to the Middleweight division and the world class submission expert Roger Gracie also makes his first attempt at 185 when he battles former UFC veteran Keith Jardine. The undercard is headlined by a pair of Lightweight bouts with potential title challenger Pat Healy meeting Mizuto Hirota and only one fight removed from fighting for the title Jorge Masvidal squares off with Justin Wilcox. Jordan Mein also returns to actin in the Welterweight division against the dangerous knockout artist Tyler Stinson, Ryan Couture battles Joe Duarte and Jason High looks to put himself into title contention at 170 when he meets Nate Moor.
Saturday, July 14 will be one of the best Strikeforce cards in a long time so don’t miss out and as always you can check out all of your Strikeforce Prediction needs and betting information here at Kamikazeoverdrive.net. Enjoy the Fights!