will next defend his Strikeforce middleweight title
on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news Tuesday with a source close to the
bout following a report from MMAWeekly.com. The event is expected to
take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena and will also feature a
three-round heavyweight scrap between Strikeforce grand prix winner
Cormier and UFC heavyweight Frank Mir.
Rockhold has been perfect in the six-sided Strikeforce cage through
nine appearances, capturing the promotion’s middleweight title last
September by outpointing then-champion Ronaldo
Souza. The American Kickboxing Academy Standout has twice
defended his belt this year, finishing ex-UFC talent Keith
Jardine in January before taking a unanimous decision from
Kennedy on July 14.
Like his opponent, Larkin last competed on July 14, earning a
unanimous nod over Robbie
Lawler. Prior to that bout, which marked Larkin’s middleweight
debut, “The Monsoon” competed at 205 pounds for Strikeforce,
posting a trio of victories as a light heavyweight before suffering
a knockout loss to ex-champion Muhammed
Lawal on Jan. 7. However, that result was later changed to a
no-contest by the Nevada Athletic Commission after Lawal tested
positive for a banned substance.
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