Strikeforce appears to have lost another title bout from its Jan. 12 event.

According to a report from the MMA Corner, middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has suffered a wrist injury and will not defend his belt against Lorenz Larkin in Oklahoma City. Promotion officials have not yet confirmed that Rockhold is off the card. Rockhold was originally scheduled to fight Larkin on Nov. 3, but a hand injury forced him off that card, as well. Eventually the entire event would be canceled.

Earlier this month, a lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Pat Healy was removed from the Jan. 12 card due to lingering shoulder issues for “El Nino.” As of now, only one championship bout -- a 170-pound clash between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine -- remains for what is expected to be Strikeforce’s final event.

The 27-year-old Rockhold has spent most of his career under the Strikeforce banner, posting a 9-0 mark in the promotion’s hexagonal cage and capturing the 185-pound belt with a five-round verdict over Ronaldo Souza in 2011. The American Kickboxing Academy product has successfully defended his crown twice this year, scoring a first-round stoppage of Keith Jardine in January before earning a hard-fought unanimous decision against Tim Kennedy in July.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Countdown Video: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

  • 23 days ago
  • 79 views

Luke Rockhold makes his first title defense, as Michael Bisping gets his long-awaited shot at the belt. UFC 199 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps. read news >>

UFC 199 Embedded, Episode 4: Life’s Not Bad for Headlining Fighters

  • 23 days ago
  • 19 views

On Episode 4 of UFC 199 Embedded, middleweight champion Luke Rockhold flies to L.A. and checks out his luxurious home away from home. read news >>

VIDEO: Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping Trash Talk Hits a Fever Pitch at UFC 199 Presser

  • 23 days ago
  • 79 views

UFC middleweight champ Luke Rockhold and his UFC 199 challenger, Michael Bisping, ramped their trash talking escapades up to a fever pitch. read news >>

Can Luke Rockhold Be Anderson Silva's True Successor as Middleweight Kingpin?

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

Since losing his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort in May 2013, Luke Rockhold has been on a devastating run. He has finished all five of his opponents, three by submission and two with strikes, and only one read news >>

Luke Rockhold Admits to Training for UFC 199 with a Torn MCL

  • 23 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold said on Thursday that he has a torn medial collateral ligament. read news >>

UFC 199: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 23 days ago
  • 18 views

UFC 199 goes down this Saturday from the House that Magic Built, also known as the Forum in Inglewood, California. You know what that means: It's showtime. For the young people in the audience—and I read news >>

Luke Rockhold: ‘There’s Nobody Pound-for-Pound That Has What I Have’

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold puts his title on the line for the first time against Michael Bisping at UFC 199 on June 4, and plans to "make a statement." read news >>

Luke Rockhold’s Knee Cleared for UFC 199 Main Event

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

Some eyebrows shot up when Luke Rockhold said that he has been training with a torn MCL. The CSAC on Friday examined Rockhold and cleared his knee. read news >>

UFC 199 Weigh-in Results: Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping Fight Card

  • 22 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC 199 is just a day away, set for 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Saturday night, but the 26 combatants on the fight card will need to step on the scale to make weight before it becomes official. Most im read news >>

VIDEO: Dustin Poirier Isn’t Chasing Conor McGregor, He’s Chasing UFC Belts

  • 22 days ago
  • 15 views

Dustin Poirier is 3-0 since he lost to Conor McGregor at featherweight and then returned to lightweight. But he's not chasing the Irishman or revenge. read news >>