Prospects Woodley, Mein Square off at Jan. 7 Strikeforce

By Mike Whitman Dec 9, 2011
Tyron Woodley will face Jordan Mein at Strikeforce "Rockhold vs. Jardine." | Photo: Dave Mandel

Rising welterweights will collide on Jan. 7, as Strikeforce officials Friday announced that Tyron Woodley will lock horns with Jordan Mein at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine.”

The bout joins a trio of contests previously revealed for the show, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Headlining the event will be the titular middleweight championship bout pitting belt holder Luke Rockhold against UFC veteran Keith Jardine.

Also locking horns at the event will be 205-pound talents Muhammed Lawal and Lorenz Larkin. Additionally, middleweights Robbie Lawler and Adlan Amagov will collide, as will welterweights Tyler Stinson and Tarec Saffiedine.

Woodley has yet to taste defeat through nearly three years as a pro, racking up seven consecutive wins in the Strikeforce cage since joining the promotion in 2009. A former standout wrestler for the University of Missouri, the American Top Team representative has earned two wins in 2011 already, outpointing Saffiedine and hard hitting Brit Paul Daley in January and July, respectively.

One of Canada's brightest prospects, Mein rides a six-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Woodley. Since dropping a unanimous decision to Jason High in August 2010, “Young Gun” has rattled off notable victories over Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman and Marius Zaromskis. Mein was especially impressive in his most recent outing, finishing former welterweight title contender Evangelista Santos with standing elbow strikes on Sept. 10.
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