Six straight wins have earned American Kickboxing Academy middleweight Luke Rockhold a title shot against Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on September 10.
The date for the fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Sunday. Rockhold also announced the fight via his Twitter account.
“I feel healthy, I feel ready, and I feel I have all the tools to take his belt. It’s on,” Rockhold wrote.
Rockhold and Souza were rumored to meet on the July 30 fight card featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson, but the bout will now shift to later date.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the Sept. 10 Strikeforce fight card with the announcement of the Josh Thomson vs. Maximo Blanco fight that will also take place on the show.
Rockhold (7-1) will fight for the title after spending more than a year off from the sport dealing with several injuries. Prior to being on the sidelines, Rockhold had won his last six fights in a row, all by first-round stoppage.
Ronald “Jacare” Souza (14-2) returns to action for the first time since defeating Robbie Lawler to defend his title in January. Souza will look to make his second successful title defense when he squares off against Rockhold in September.
While the fight card has been slated for Sept. 10, no venue or location has been announced or secured by Strikeforce officials at this time. More information and fights for the card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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