Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/22/11
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In anticipation of their premiere event of 2012, and the first card under their new arrangement with Showtime, Strikeforce added a pair of preliminary bouts to the ‘Rockhold vs. Jardine’ roster.

Trevor Smith faces Gian Villante in a heavyweight scrap, while Nah-Shon Burrell meets James Terry in a welterweight affair.

As part of their contract extension with Showtime, the premium cable network will televise all of Strikeforce’s prelims on Showtime Extreme beginning with this show.

The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada will play host.

Luke Rockhold will make his first middleweight title defense when he faces Keith Jardine in the night’s featured attraction.

Here are the athletes slated to appear in the event:

Preliminary Bouts:

Trevor Smith vs. Gian Villante

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. James Terry

Main Bouts:

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson

Jordan Mein vs. Tyron Woodley

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin

Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov

Keith Jardine vs. Luke Rockhold (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)

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