by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Strikeforce will be heading back to the cage in October. Welterweight champion Nick Diaz takes the spotlight in the main event on the card against an as of yet unnamed opponent. 135-pound women’s champion Sarah Kaufman will also defend her title against Marloes Coenen and Matt Lindland takes on Luke Rockhold.
Diaz will return action Oct. 9 in San Jose, Calif., at Strikeforce for the first time since defeating Marius Zaromskis to win the vacant welterweight title in January. Diaz fought in Dream back in May, and then faced a three-month suspension from his role in the Nashville, Tenn., post fight brawl in April.
Diaz was announced as the welterweight champion during the Strikeforce broadcast, but with no opponent named. He could always go back to 185 pounds for a fight if no top 170-pounders are available. With K.J. Noons’ knockout win on Saturday night, though, he could be a top candidate as an opponent for Diaz if Strikeforce chooses to put the fight together.
Also on the October card will be women’s welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman getting the bump up to the main card of a Strikeforce show. She takes on Marloes Coenen with the championship on the line. Coenen will drop down to 135 pounds after spending her last two fights in Strikeforce at 145 pounds, which resulted in a win over Roxanne Modafferi and a loss to middleweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos in her last fight.
Another fighter getting a bump up to the main Strikeforce card will be American Kickboxing Academy fighter Luke Rockhold, as he tries to keep his winning streak alive when he takes on Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland.
Lindland comes into the fight off of a TKO win over Kevin Casey in May, while Rockhold has been a winner of six in a row, and has tasted defeat only once in his career.
More fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks for the October Strikeforce card.