Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 7/15/12

Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold made his second consecutive successful title defense Saturday night by posting a unanimous decision win over Tim Kennedy. 

Although Rockhold was a significant odds-on favorite, he simply couldn’t put away the military man.

“I could’ve let a couple combinations go,” Rockhold stated. “He does some funky stuff. It’ s hard to let things go when you know he’s going to shoot.

“He’s a great wrestler, so tenacious. What he lacks in technique, he makes up for in lack and desire. I knew I couldn’t get stale.”

Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon hosted the festivities.

Betting Line:

Favorite (-) Underdog (+)

Luke Rockhold -330
Tim Kennedy +250

Rockhold vs. Kennedy Play-by-Play:

1stRound: After some back-and-forth action, Kennedy manages to take the champion down. Rockhold is attempting a kimura from off his back, but Kennedy has side control and easily slips out. Close round to score. Kennedy, 10-9.

2ndRound: Both middleweights go for high kicks and fall to the ground. Rockhold takes his back during a brief scramble. Kennedy lands a back-elbow. They get to their feet. Kennedy tags him with a right hook. Rockhold starting to do damage with his kicks. Rockhold, 10-9.

3rdRound: Kennedy has him clinched against the cage and is unloading knees. He connects one to the groin and time is called. During the stoppage, referee John McCarthy tell Rockhold he’ll deduct a point the next time he grabs the fence. Kennedy gets a warning for the low blow, as well. Game on. Kennedy gets a body lock and takes his opponent down. He immediately takes his back. Rockhold gets to his feet. Kennedy, 10-9.

4thRound: Straight left followed by a body shot lands for Rockhold. A big right hook drops Kennedy, Rockhold tries to follow up but he can’t finish. Kennedy tries to take Rockhold’s back but loses position and the frame ends. Rockhold, 10-9.

5thRound: Rockhold avoids the takedown and starts to grind Kennedy up against the cage. Rockhold is controlling the center of the cage with his length. Both fighters exchange elbows as the bout comes to an end. Rockhold, 10-9, and retains his title, 48-47.

Official Result:

Luke Rockhold Defeated Tim Kennedy via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) (Rockhold retains Strikeforce middleweight title)

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adrian Peterson accused of fathering another child out of wedlock

Robert Griffin III liked fan’s Instagram post trashing Redskins

Report: Tom Brady may have been ‘open’ to one-game suspension

Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer betting on himself

Titans' Marcus Mariota: ‘Statistics don’t matter to me’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

FSU names Everett Golson starting QB for 2015

UCLA's Adams arrested for suspicion of felony robbery

AJ Green heading for contract stalemate with Bengals?

Report: NFL offered to cut Brady suspension to 3 games

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

Most surprising developments from 2015 NFL preseason

Herschel Walker supports Trump’s candidacy for president

WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier robs Manny Machado home run shot

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Caroline Wozniacki smoking on cover of ‘Rhapsody’ magazine

Could Robert Griffin III be the NFL’s next Steve Young?

Spurrier: SEC fans right to be upset with Ohio State's schedule

Report: 'Deranged' fan shot outside WWE building

Report: Brady convinced Harbaugh to return to Michigan

Ronda Rousey gets Venice mural from artist Jonas Never

Redskins TE wants to know who's leaking stories to ESPN

WWE superstar's girlfriend fired over Nazi Instagram posts

Madison Bumgarner has once again put Giants on his back

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker