Report: Wrist Injury Forces Luke Rockhold Out of Strikeforce Title Fight … Again

Written by Tom Ngo
November 25th, 2012

Strikeforce Luke Rockhold

As the incomparable Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.” According to The MMA Corner, Luke Rockhold’s (Pictured) nagging wrist injury will once again force him out of his middleweight title defense against Lorenz Larkin.

The 185-pounders were slated to be one of three title fights featured in Strikeforce’s January 12th extravaganza. They were initially scheduled to collide in the promotion’s cancelled November 3rd event until the same wrist caused Rockhold to withdraw.

Speaking of Strikeforce’s “stacked” event, the main event between lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez and Pat Healy might also be in jeopardy (again). The rumor mill has suggested the shoulder which pushed Melendez out of their September scrap hasn’t come along as anticipated.

Strikeforce officials have yet to confirm either of these reports. If the chatter holds true, which our sources have indicated to us that it will, the welterweight affair between champ Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine will be the only championship bout slotted for January’s once-promising lineup.

Is it possible Showtime decides to scrap yet another event? Will they simply just pull the plug on Strikeforce now instead of waiting until after the curtain drops on January’s show, which has been heavily rumored to be their finale?

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the venue what was slated to host the canceled November 3rd card, will host the festivities.

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