If you haven’t heard by now, Santa Cruz’s Luke Rockhold has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout against Lorenz Larkin on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City after suffering an injury to his left hand.
TheMMACorner.com first reported the news, although neither Rockhold nor Strikeforce have commented on the situation.
Rockhold is the middleweight champ for the promotion, and losing him would be yet another blow to the Nov. 3 card. Strikeforce has been searching for an opponent for Daniel Cormier in its co-headlining bout after Frank Mir was forced to withdraw. Sarah McMann also pulled out of her fight with Liz Carmouche.
Whether Strikeforce tries to find a replacement for Rockhold against Larkin remains to be seen, but that seems like a tall order at this point — and it would, seemingly, only make Showtime’s job of selling the event more difficult. Who would want to pay to watch a Strikeforce event with two replacements in the headlining bouts?
And this is where it gets very interesting. Rumors swirled Monday that not only has the Nov. 3 event been cancelled, but Strikeforce is going under, according to a blog on the Houston Chronicle’s website.
Whatever is happening, it will be interesting to keep an eye on.