Even Strikeforce’s swan song cannot manage to escape the curse. The latest fighter forced to withdraw with an injury is yet another of the promotion’s champions, middleweight kingpin Luke Rockhold.
The MMA Corner has learned from sources close to the camp of Rockhold that the middleweight champion has suffered a wrist injury and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled Jan. 12 title defense against Lorenz Larkin.
This is not the first blow to what was once a stacked grand finale for the Strikeforce brand. The promotion’s lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, has also been sidelined, resulting in the scrapping of his title defense against Pat Healy. What was once an event loaded with three title fights now has just one remaining, as the welterweight championship contest between title holder Nate Marquardt and challenger Tarec Saffiedine remains intact and will be promoted to the headlining spot on the card.
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