Luke Rockhold Off Upcoming Strikeforce: Champions Card Due to Injury

November 25, 2012
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Luke Rockhold - StrikeforceAnd the hits just keep on coming…

Strikeforce can’t seem to catch a break over their last few shows and there’s been another injury to a main card bout for their upcoming final card in January.

Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been forced off the card with an injury, and his bout against Lorenz Larkin has been scrapped for a second time.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the change to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday with Rockhold’s nagging wrist injury the likely suspect in the fight being cancelled.

Rockhold and Larkin were originally scheduled to meet in November as part of the Strikeforce card scheduled for Oklahoma City, but the champion was also forced off that show with a similar injury.

The fight was rescheduled as part of the final card for the promotion titled Strikeforce: Champions, but now the bout appears off again.

As of now it appears the show has lost both Rockhold and lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who is also likely out of his scheduled bout against Pat Healy.

That leaves welterweight champion Nate Marquardt as the only champion left on the show with his title defense against Tarec Saffiedine still scheduled to happen on Jan 12 along with Daniel Cormier’s finale Strikeforce bout against Dion Staring in a heavyweight showdown.

The news of Rockhold’s removal from the fight was first reported by TheMMACorner.com.

  • shakejunt

    i feel like relevant sf guys don’t wanna fight on this show and risk their titles because they can just get on a ufc main card after the fold and still be the sf champ.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I hope they bring all the fighters over to the uFC. Strikeforce has a lot of talented fighters that can help fill up UFC fight cards and deserve a chance to step in the octagon. And with all the injuries it couldn’t hurt Zuffa to have some backup fighters.

  • Milos Rackovic

    Luke is just afraid of fighting now when ufc aims new faces in,meaning that if he loses he might end up like j barnett. so he’ll just wait for sf to disband n get into ufc fresh n clean,lol

  • Anthony Lopez

    Lol the name of this event is becoming super ironic

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.le.547389 Tony Le

    you know what..i don’t even wanna see a final strikeforce card…i just want all strikeforce fighters to immediately go over to the UFC