on Thursday announced four of the five televised bouts slated for its Jan. 7 event at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The new matchups are Robbie Lawler
vs. Adlan Amagov, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin
and Tarec Saffiedine
vs. Tyler Stinson.
And as previously reported, the main event will be middleweight champion Luke Rockhold
defending his belt against UFC
veteran Keith Jardine
"Jardine is a big name who's fought a lot of tough guys in this sport," Rockhold said in a statement. "I'm not going to sleep on him or this opportunity. This isn't just another fight for me, I've wanted my chance to prove I'm a champion and a five-round title defense is the way to do it."
UPDATE: Scott Coker announced on Friday the remaining televised fight, Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein.
Rockhold (8-1), undefeated in seven Strikeforce
fights, captured the middleweight strap away from Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza by unanimous decision in September. Jardine (17-9-2) made his Strikeforce debut in April, fighting Mousasi to a draw. Jardine will be making his 185-pound debut.
Lawler (18-8) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. In 2011, Lawler lost to both Souza and Kennedy. Amagov (9-1-1) made the jump from the Russian MMA
scene to Strikeforce in July and has since won two bouts.
In his lone fight in 2011, Lawal (8-1) scored a first-round knockout over Roger Gracie
. Larkin (12-0) won four fights this year, three of which took place inside the Strikeforce cage.
Saffiedine (11-3) lost to Tyron Woodley
in January and then bounced back to beat Scott Smith
in July. Stinson (22-7) made his Strikeforce debut in July and earned an impressive KO over Eduardo Pamplona.