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Rockhold to Defend Belt vs. Kennedy July 14

Up-to-the-minute news about the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event, scheduled for July 14th in Portland, Oregon. More information, including ticket on-sale details, will be released soon on

Reigning Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will defend his belt July 14 against Tim Kennedy, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced on today's Barnett vs. Cormier conference call. The bout will headline an event to be held at Portland, Oregon's Rose Garden.

Two more high-profile middleweight bouts have also been verbally agreed to for that same fight card. Two former light heavyweights will meet at middleweight in an intriguing matchup between ground specialist Roger Gracie and unique striker Keith Jardine, who made his own middleweight debut in January against Rockhold.

Plus, former light heavyweight and Challengers series standout Lorenz Larkin will make his 185-pound debut against the always-tough Robbie Lawler.