Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/8/12
To view the "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" as a normal MMA card from the organization is a bit of an injustice to a normal MMA card from Strikeforce. It's best viewed as an enhanced version of their old "Challengers" series; Saturday night's card was nothing more than a handful of unproven prospects fighting to prove themselves against cagey veterans. And for the most part the veterans ended up winning. The preliminary card set the tone for the evening as a bad stoppage and a handful of questionable decisions marked the occasion. Trevor Smith's early stoppage loss to Gian Villante was the first notable event of the evening as referee Kim Winslow pulled Villante off when it seemed like Smith was still intelligently defending himself. Nah-Shon Burrell would earn a disputed victory over James Terry to round out the undercard, which was broadcast for the first time in company history on Showtime Extreme, as opposed to being relegated to only fans who attended the show. For the mo...
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