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Luke Rockhold retains title

Updated: July 15, 2012, 11:36 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Retaining his Strikeforce middleweight title was Luke Rockhold's top priority Saturday night in Portland, Ore. But doing so impressively against Tim Kennedy was a close second.

Rockhold retained his title with a unanimous decision, but his campaign to fight UFC-caliber competition is likely to continue falling on deaf ears.

All three judges had Rockhold winning four of five rounds, 49-46. ESPN.com also scored it 49-46.

Before the bout, Rockhold (10-1) made ...

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