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Keith Jardine makes weight

1/6/2012

LAS VEGAS -- For the first time since high school, Keith Jardine weighs 185 pounds.

The 10-year veteran, who has never fought at 185 pounds, successfully made weight Friday for his Strikeforce middleweight title fight against Luke Rockhold, scheduled for this weekend at the Hard Rock.

Both fighters came in right at the 185-pound weight limit. Jardine (17-9-2), who was released from the UFC's light heavyweight division in 2010 after losing four straight has called this title fight a "rebirth."

"I'm real excited," Jardine said. "It's an honor to fight Luke. This is a rebirth for me and it's only the beginning."

Rockhold (8-1) has been somewhat critical all week of Jardine, asking how a fighter making his middleweight debut is deserving of a Strikeforce title shot.

He stuck with that way of thinking Friday, stating he would show Jardine why he "shouldn't have come down to my weight class."

In the co-main event, middleweight Robbie Lawler (18-8) looks to bounce back from two consecutive losses against up-and-comer Adlan Amagov (9-1-1). Both weighed-in at 186 pounds.

Also on the card, former light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal (8-1) faces the flashy Lorenz Larkin (12-0), with the winner likely moving on to a shot at the vacant title against Gegard Mousasi.

Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter.