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Strikeforce’s Three Stars: Rockhold, Lawler and Lawal

Maggie Hendricks
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Luke Rockhold celebrates after win (Esther Lin/Forza)

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine started with two decisions before getting all kinds of knockout power from the top of the card. Here are Cagewriter's Three Stars; tell us yours in the comments or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Luke Rockhold: The Strikeforce middleweight champion was not exactly enthused with his match-up with Jardine, so he took out his anger on Jardine's face. Rockhold swarmed the UFC veteran, laying down punch after punch until (finally) Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight.

But his frustration came right back after the fight, as he talked about how he wants to take on the great fighters who are in the UFC while he is in Strikeforce. It's just as frustrating for fans, who want to see how Rockhold stacks up against the best middleweights in the world.

No. 2 star -- Robbie Lawler: We all knew that Robbie Lawler had power in his hands, but did anyone expect a flying knee? Adlan Amagov clearly didn't, as Lawler used the knee to stun him before using several more punches to stop the fight in under two minutes.

No. 3 star -- "King Mo" Lawal: Though Lawal used his elite wrestling to control Larkin, it was his powerful punches that put Larkin out. He had to throw a ton of punches before Kim Winslow (finally) stepped in and stopped the fight. The next thing in Lawal's sights is Strikeforce's vacant light heavyweight belt.

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