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Strikeforce: Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine July 14th

Strikeforce: Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine July 14th

May 11, 2012

Strikeforce officials today announced the event, which takes place July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Other announced bouts include middleweights Lorenz Larkin (12-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-8 MMA, 3-4 SF) and middleweights Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) vs. Keith Jardine (17-10-2 MMA, 0-1-1 SF).

The night’s main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims.

After submission wins over the likes of light heavyweights Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley, Gracie suffered his first pro-MMA loss to Lawal back in September. Gracie decided to drop a weight class after the knockout loss. The world-champion grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt recently had mentioned a desire to fight in the UFC, though UFC president Dana White denied a subsequent rumored move.

Jardine gets a third shot at a first Strikeforce win. The longtime UFC fighter joined Strikeforce a year ago after a pair of wins over Francisco France and Aron Lofton in regional competition. After fighting Strikeforce’s Gegard Mousasi to a majority draw in a late-replacement booking, he dropped to middleweight but suffered a TKO loss to champion Rockhold in January.

Source: MMAJunkie