Rockhold, Kennedy Spar Over Team Jackson's Game Planning
Jun. 26, 2012
Mike Chiappetta, MMAFighting.com - Luke Rockhold takes any threat to his Strikeforce middleweight championship seriously. Slap a "No. 1 contender" tag on anyone, and Rockhold will bare his teeth, stake his ground and dare you to move him off his spot. That certainly applies when an opponent is accomplished as Tim Kennedy, a former Army Green Beret who boasts a 14-3 record and stoppages in five of his last six wins.
While he's on guard for Kennedy's challenge, that doesn't mean he's a huge fan of Kennedy's style, or the approach of his fight team at Jackson-Winkeljohn's. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based gym is alternately one of the most feared and criticized camps in mixed martial arts. Its proponents say it's a gym that makes champions. Its detractors contend that the head coaches -- Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn -- often favor conservative strategies that lead to lackluster performances.