Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from his January 12 bout with Lorenz Larkin. According to The MMA Corner, Rockhold reaggravated a wrist injury which had previously forced him to pull out of his Nov. 3 fight with Larkin.
Strikeforce “Champions” will reportedly be the last event before the company ceases operations. Rockhold joins Gilbert Melendez as the second champion to withdraw from the card.
The card now features a welterweight championship showdown between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine. The co-main event will see Daniel Cormier take on Dion Staring.
The card should produce fireworks as, depending on contract situations, it’ll have huge implications on who gets a shot in the UFC and who goes elsewhere.
Rockhold, a native of Santa Cruz, California, owns a mixed martial arts record of 10-1. Rockhold holds victories over the likes of Jesse Taylor, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Keith Jardine, and most recently Tim Kennedy.
Larkin, a native of Riverside, California, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 13-0 (1 NC). Larkin holds victories over the likes of Robbie Lawler, Scott Lighty, Gian Villante, and Nick Rossborough.